More than 1,600 prospective students, parents, and family members attended the annual Freshman Open House on Saturday, October 15.
Prospective students and guests had an opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, and current UMass Boston students as they explored the university, learning how to prepare for college, apply for financial aid, and what being a student at the waterfront campus is really like.
The day began in the Clark Convocation and Athletic Center with a video presentation titled “Just Imagine Yourself at UMass Boston.” The video gave prospective students a vivid overview of the rich student life and academic opportunities of a research university, one of only 107 high-activity research universities in the entire country.
Biology major Rodney Bruno ’18 welcomed the crowd, sharing his aspirations to go to medical school and become a doctor.
“UMass Boston offered everything that I wanted and everything that I needed – location, access, education, and even a lighthouse as a mascot! My journey here began with resources. You are the author of your story. I have found my journey and I hope you will embark on yours,” Bruno said.
Chancellor J. Keith Motley addressed the enthusiastic audience of high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from as near as the South Shore and as far as Florida and Ohio. The Chancellor asked all the prospective students to stand up as they were met with applause from the room.
“Today we want to welcome you to your home,” Motley said.
For the first time, faculty, students, and staff were stationed in University Hall, as well as the Campus Center, to help guests gain an appreciation of the entire campus and to showcase the newest academic facility and the beautiful performing arts spaces and chemistry laboratories available to undergraduates.
Guests also had the opportunity to go on special, more in-depth tours depending on their interests, seeing areas like the Bloomberg Room, the Venture Development Center, the Center for Clinical Education and Research, and the research labs in the Integrated Sciences Complex.
Faculty and staff from UMass Boston’s 11 schools and colleges, including the Honors College, were gathered in the University Hall atrium and the Campus Center ballroom, on hand to answer questions about every major.
Corey Ford, the director of undergraduate admissions, was excited to see the huge turnout for Open House this year. Admissions counselors have been busy since September visiting high schools as far away as Texas, California, and Florida.
"It was so nice to speak with so many students and families today," Ford said. "Our guests' excitement was electric and clearly representative of all of the exciting changes taking place here at UMass Boston."
The athletics team was there to display their many trophies and speak to students about playing sports for the university. The Office of Student Housing offered two 45-minute workshops, and the interest level was especially high for housing due to construction of a new residence hall on campus in fall 2018. Many attendees also sampled food that will be served in the food court that will be located on the first floor of the residence hall.
"We were so pleased that over 250 UMass Boston faculty, staff, and students volunteered their time on Saturday to help introduce prospective students and their families to this wonderful university community,” said Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Lisa Johnson.
About UMass Boston
The University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers has offered its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city for over 50 years. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit www.umb.edu.