Class in session

After moving in, UND students and parents moved out for fun, food and friendship of Welcome Weekend 2019

UND’s Class of 2023. Photo by Shawna Schill/UND Today.

UND residence halls were abuzz this weekend with students new and old, eager to get started on the 2019-2020 academic year.

Beginning Saturday, more than  2,000 UND students converged on the UND campus for Move-in Day and associated welcome activities. And for UND ‘s new freshmen, the weekend’s activities were a fun-filled introduction to campus for what is shaping up to be the most academically qualified incoming class in school history, based on high school GPA data.

The incoming freshman class also is on track be UND’s most diverse. The fall 2019 freshman class is trending upward in the number of students who report an ethnicity other than white/Caucasian.

Final first-day enrollment numbers are expected to be released later this week.

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Something for everyone

There was something for everyone — students and parents — over the weekend as people’s twin engines of anxiety and excitement were in overdrive.

On Saturday, a Welcome Weekend Brunch at Wilkerson Commons kicked things off, providing ample fuel for the moving, lugging and lifting that would ensue. A mid-afternoon Sub Sandwich feed was the perfect pit stop to keep things going.

For parents, special parent-focused orientations and Q&A sessions helped start and finish the day.

A highlight of every fall’s Move-in Day is the incoming freshmen class photo at the Memorial Stadium, where several thousand of UND’s newest students get a chance to cheese it up for cameras. Saturday concluded with an open house celebration at the UND Student Wellness Center.

And there was no letting up on Sunday, as students got a chance to traipse around campus to test out their class schedules and look for buildings and rooms. They also were treated to a Student Organizations Fair, a Steak Feed, a performance by mentalist Sean Bolt at the Chester Fritz Auditorium and a concert by the band “Paint the Town” at the Wellness Center.

Looking ahead

Welcome Weekend turned into Welcome Week on Monday, when students encountered dozens of informational booths and tents around campus as well as academic program and student organization open houses. It all led up to the official start of classes at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Scroll down to see how it all played out on UND Social Media:

More than 2,000 students moved into campus residence halls over the weekend. The number does not include students living in student family apartments and Greek Housing.

The UND Student Wellness Center was the place to be on Saturday night for a special open house.

A popular event every year is the new freshmen class photo at historic Memorial Stadium.

Be on the lookout, starting this semester, for exciting new ways to get around campus and the Grand Cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

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For those student who love to get involved, the Student Organization Fair at Wilkerson Commons was a must-see on Sunday night.

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Meet UND Police Chief Eric Plummer, head safety officer on campus and leader of the #BestCopsAround.

UND gets amazing support from the Grand Cities — Grand Forks, N.D., and East Grand Forks, Minn., the university’s host cities — and their residents.

Whew… that’s a wrap.

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Go, Fighting Hawks!