College set to welcome Class of 2023

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Union will officially welcome the Class of 2023 when students begin moving in on Sunday, Sept. 8.

More than 6,000 applicants vied to join the incoming class of 552 students in one of the most competitive admissions processes in the school’s history.

The students come from 27 states and the District of Columbia. They represent 15 countries, including Cambodia, China, Ghana, Morocco and Poland.


The class is one of the College’s most diverse and global, with 36 percent international or students of color. The academic standing is strong, with more than two-thirds of the class ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Fifteen percent of the incoming students are first-generation students, or the first in their immediate family to attend college.

At 9 a.m., students will begin moving into their residence halls. At 3 p.m., following a series of activities and programs, they and their families will receive an official welcome from President David R. Harris and other College leaders in Memorial Chapel.

At 3:45 p.m., the students will head off to group orientation activities. There are two events for parents: a tea in Schaffer Library from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and a reception hosted by College Relations on the Reamer Center patio at 4 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the students pose for a class picture at the Nott Memorial. They will then walk to the President’s House to sing the College’s alma mater, Ode to Old Union, for President Harris and his family.

Orientation activities continue on Monday with a full slate of programs.

For a complete schedule, visit the site for first-year students.

Residence halls open for returning students Tuesday, Sept. 10. Fall term classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Opening Convocation, in which the Union community celebrates the official start of the academic year, is set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 in Memorial Chapel, followed by an all-campus barbecue on Hull Plaza.