The University of Hartford will welcome about 1,500 new students to campus, as the annual “Move-in Weekend” begins on Friday, August 29, and continues throughout the weekend. New students and their families will begin by checking in at the University’s Gengras Student Union and then head to the residence halls to unpack.
The University’s Class of 2018 comes from than 33 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 25 foreign countries. Almost 45 percent of the newcomers (nearly 675 students) to the University of Hartford are from Connecticut. Other states well represented among the Class of 2018 are New York (about 320 students), Massachusetts (about 180), and New Jersey (about 120). International students are coming to the University of Hartford from as near as Canada and Mexico and as far away as China, and Russia.
The Class of 2018 is evenly split between male and female students; 50.4 percent male and 49.6 percent female. The most popular majors among the incoming class are psychology, biology, physical therapy, business, and engineering, although students’ fields of study are widely spaced among the more than 100 programs offered by the University.
The first-year students will each receive class t-shirts as they arrive that say “UHART What’s Inside Sets Us Apart,” a reference to the University’s commitment to helping each individual student find success that will continue throughout life. They will wear the shirts to Convocation, which will feature a spirit rally led by new Hawks Athletics Director Anton Goff, will be held in Lincoln Theater on campus at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.
Upperclassmen are scheduled to return to campus on Monday, Sept. 1. Classes for all students will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Students will find a number of exciting new changes to the campus, including a completely redesigned University Commons dining hall that features an eye-catching “window wall” near the front entrance and chefs’ stations interspersed among the seating area. The Commons is now modeled after an open marketplace with fresh food prepared by chefs to order. The campus space formerly known as the bookstore has been transformed into the Campus Store because it sells much more than books. Academic space improvements include enhanced studio space for undergraduate and graduate architecture students in the Harry Jack Gray Center.