As we look forward to welcoming a record number of freshmen to campus this fall, the university is excited about and ready for their arrival.
The Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support is making adjustments to accommodate a larger number of students and working to ensure that this year’s incoming students will have access to the same outstanding student experience smaller classes have enjoyed. Here are a few examples:
- University Housing is creating living and learning communities for some first-year students in the off-campus apartments Park Place and Aspyre
- University 101 Programs will add additional sections of University 101
- The Student Success Center is hiring more peer leaders to provide academic support to students in intro courses
- Alcohol-free tailgates will be expanded to every home football game, which gives freshmen more opportunities to enjoy game day
- A much larger Pre-First Night Carolina event is being planned to bring together all commuter and off-campus freshmen before First Night Carolina so they have a group to attend the event alongside, just like the students living in the residence halls
- Carolina Welcome will be packed with social activities to engage all new and returning students including First Night Carolina, Bustle at the Russell, Pool Party at the Strom, Trivia Night with Carolina After Dark and the annual part-time job fair
- There will be an added depth to “Engagement Week” (first full week of class) to diversify the featured events to include the student organization fair, community service fair, vendor fair and a wellness fair on Greene Street, as well as featured events in the ballroom each night that will support student engagement and belonging on campus.
- The Russell House Ballroom will host two football watch parties for all students on September 2 and 9 to get ready for football
- Leadership and Service Center programs that target first-year students (like Close Family Emerging Leaders) will be “open registration” and will not have caps so that we can accommodate as many students as possible who desire leadership education
- Off-campus apartment complexes who collaborate with Off-Campus Student Services will consider some programming in their spaces, focusing first on Park Place and Aspyre, knowing that freshmen will be in those complexes.