The popularity of UMass Boston is on the rise. More than 1,600 prospective students, parents, and family members attended UMass Boston’s annual Freshman Open House on Saturday, October 17.
Prospective students and guests had an opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, and current UMass Boston students as they explored the university, learning about how to prepare for college, applying 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 musical entertainment from the UMass Boston Jazz Trio, followed by a Bollywood inspired dance performance by UMass Boston Taal, a group of eight current students dressed in colorful costumes from India. The performances gave guests a glimpse of the cultural and ethnic diversity and talents for which UMass Boston is famous.
A four-minute video gave prospective students a vivid overview of the rich student life and academic opportunities of a research university, one of nearly 300 research universities in the entire country.
Undergraduate Student Body President Kathleen Elliot ’16, a political science major, shared her aspirations with the crowd, saying she wants to study law and become an attorney.
“As you can see, I am happy and I am very much in love with UMass Boston. … This university has indeed become my second home,” Elliot said.
Chancellor J. Keith Motley addressed an enthusiastic audience of high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from as near as the North Shore and the South Shore and as far as the Berkshires and Connecticut. He encouraged them to feel at home at Boston’s public research university and to ask a lot of questions.
For the first time, faculty, students, and staff were stationed in the Integrated Sciences Complex (ISC), 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 research opportunities 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, GoKids Lab, the Center for Clinical Education and Research, and the research labs in the ISC in action.
Faculty and staff from UMass Boston’s eleven schools and colleges, including the Honors College, and Academic Support Services were gathered in the ISC and the Campus Center ballroom, on hand to answer questions about every major. The Offices of Student Housing and Career Services and Internships offered two workshops each, and the interest level was especially high for housing.
"I am so pleased that we have such a great turnout each year from faculty, staff, and students. Direct, personal contact matters a great deal to prospects and their families and this is what sets our Open House apart from many of our competitors,” said Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Lisa Johnson. “We look forward to converting Open House attendees into applicants by December 1, our Early Action deadline, or March 1, our regular decision deadline.”
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 more than 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit www.umb.edu.