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University of Hartford to Welcome Nearly 1,650 New Students This Week


Posted 08/26/2015
Posted by David Isgur


New first-year student checks in prior to beginning his move into Hawk Hall

New first-year student checks in prior to beginning his move into Hawk Hall

This family takes a break while helping their daughter/sister get her things moved into one of the University's residence halls.

This family takes a break while helping their daughter/sister get her things moved into one of the University's residence halls.

A loaded cart is on its way to a University residence hall as the Move-In experience gets underway.

A loaded cart is on its way to a University residence hall as the Move-In experience gets underway.

The University of Hartford is prepared to welcome nearly 1,650 new students to campus, as the annual “Move-in Days” begin on Friday, August 28, 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 of Hartford’s Class of 2019 has about 150 more members than last year’s class and will be the largest class to enter the University since 2009. They come from 37 states and 26 countries. The highest percentage of new students is from Connecticut. Other top states represented are New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. The international students represent a diverse mix from across the globe, including India, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

The Class of 2019 has slightly more females (53 percent) than males (47 percent). Although the new students’ fields of study are widely spaced among the more than 100 programs offered by the University, the most popular majors among the incoming class are engineering, health sciences, business, and psychology,.

In addition to new students, the University will welcome 36 new faculty members this year, about 30 percent more than the number of new faculty hires in the past few years.

After arrival and settling in, first-year students will attend the University’s annual Convocation in Lincoln Theater at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29. That will be followed by the tradition of forming an H for a first-year class picture and a barbecue on the lawn outside the Harry Jack Gray Center.

In conjunction with the University’s strategic goal of improving the first-year student experience, a number of new first-year student Lift-Off activities will be held on Sunday and Monday (Aug. 30 and 31) to help the Class of 2019 meet their peers and University faculty, as well as become more familiar with the Greater Hartford community. There will be trips to off-campus venues, such as the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford Stage, and The Bushnell for those interested in learning about the region’s arts scene; to the Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses for those interested in learning about the power of writing to change society; and to the Connecticut Science Center for those interested in region’s strong science and engineering history. For those interested in exploring the region’s environment, there will be tubing excursions down the Farmington River and hiking up Talcott Mountain.

Students interested in learning about the varied ethnic communities that make up Greater Hartford will be able to visit some of the region’s top ethnic restaurants to sample the food and listen to talks about customs and cultures.

Those looking for a more career-oriented experience will be able to visit some of Hartford’s top companies, including Pratt and Whitney, Stanley Tools, and Hartford Hospital. There will also be leadership workshops and Day of Service activities, including working at Foodshare of Greater Hartford or homeless shelters. The majority of these trips and activities will be led by University faculty members.

A series of health and exercise programs will be led by University Division I athletes on the baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, lacrosse, track and field, volleyball, tennis, and golf teams. Director of Athletics Anton Goff and Hawks coaches will lead a session on “College–Life Balance.”

Upperclassmen will return to campus on Sunday, Aug. 30. Classes for all students will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

New first-year student checks in prior to beginning his move into Hawk Hall

New first-year student checks in prior to beginning his move into Hawk Hall

This family takes a break while helping their daughter/sister get her things moved into one of the University's residence halls.

This family takes a break while helping their daughter/sister get her things moved into one of the University's residence halls.

A loaded cart is on its way to a University residence hall as the Move-In experience gets underway.

A loaded cart is on its way to a University residence hall as the Move-In experience gets underway.