The UMass Boston community welcomed more than 1,500 admitted students and their guests to campus on Saturday, April 8, for the second of UMass Boston’s Welcome Days for Accepted Students, setting a record with 10 percent more accepted students attending than last year.
Accepted students, along with their parents and guests, heard from current UMass Boston students and athletes, learned more about their majors, and spent quality time with deans, faculty, and staff from their colleges.
Guests traveled to campus from throughout Massachusetts, New England, New Jersey, New York, and as far as Florida and California. They took campus tours, explored university resources and support services, gathered information about financial aid and merit scholarships, learned about the Honors College and campus life, and attended workshops on student housing, Career Services, and special programs in premedical and allied health services.
Music students Aiden Thomas and Sasha White entertained the audience singing “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire.
Animan Randhawa ’18, who introduced UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley, shared some of her experiences as a Biology major on the pre-medical track and as a member of the Honors College, speaking about her studies in Scotland and Germany, and shadowing physicians at Tufts Medical School.
UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley with Animan Randhawa ’18, a biology major on the pre-medical track.
Motley told the enthusiastic crowd in the Clark Convocation and Athletic Center that the Class of 2021 set a record for most accepted students in the school's 53-year history.
“Nothing would make me prouder than you making this university your first choice,” Motley said. “Our students are family.”
Saturday’s Welcome Day set a record, with nearly 10 percent more accepted students attending over last year.
Staff from Financial Aid answered questions from interested students and their parents who received financial aid award packages as early as December 2016.
“The Office of Undergraduate Admissions worked closely with the Merit-Based Scholarship Office and Financial Aid Services to get both admissions decisions and financial awards into the hands of accepted students in record time,” Director of Undergraduate Admissions Corey Ford said.
UMass Boston has extended scholarship offers and an invitation to the Honors College to 597 Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients and nearly 351 out-of-state merit scholarship winners to date.