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Nearly 1,650 New Students Arrive at the University of Hartford


Posted 08/29/2015
Posted by David Isgur


Members of the Class of 2019 all received T-shirts to wear to Convocation.

Members of the Class of 2019 all received T-shirts to wear to Convocation.

The first-year students signed the Class of 2019 banner.

The first-year students signed the Class of 2019 banner.

"Welcome to the Class of 2019," University of Hartford President Walter Harrison told the nearly 1,650 new students who attended their Convocation on Saturday, Aug. 29, in Lincoln Theater. "From this day forward, this is your University."

The Class of 2019 has about 150 more students than last year’s class and is the largest class to enter the University since 2009. It is also one of UHart's best.

"Before you picked us, we picked you," Dean of Admission Richard Zeiser explained. "This year, we admitted our lowest percentage of applicants, making you the most selective class in the history of the University of Hartford."

The Class of 2019 comes 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 entering represent a diverse mix from across the globe, including India, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

For the first time in several years, 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 anticipated majors 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 higher than the number of new faculty hires in the past few years.

The next couple of days will be spent helping the new students meet peers and professors and learn about the Hartford area. On Sunday and Monday (Aug. 30 and 31), there will be trips to the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford Stage, Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses, The Bushnell, the Connecticut Science Center, and Talcott Mountain, as well as visits to some of the region’s top ethnic restaurants to sample the food and listen to talks about customs and cultures. The majority of these trips and activities will be led by University faculty members. 

Members of the Class of 2019 all received T-shirts to wear to Convocation.

Members of the Class of 2019 all received T-shirts to wear to Convocation.

The first-year students signed the Class of 2019 banner.

The first-year students signed the Class of 2019 banner.