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August 26, 2009
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations 218 726-8830
Jeni Eltink, Director, First Year Experience Program 218 726-6526
Megan Perry-Spears, Program Coordinator, First Year Experience 218-726-8524

For a complete schedule of "UMD Bulldog Welcome Week 2009 events please see

UMD "Move-In Day" Set for
Thursday, September 3

Bulldog Welcome Week Continues
September 4--September 7

Projected Total Enrollment is 11,300
Freshman Enrollment Projected at 2,150

Nearly 90% of Freshmen to Live on Campus
Over 3,000 Students Will Live on Campus

University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) New Student Move-In Day is set for Thursday September 3 (10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), filling the campus with students, parents, grandparents, and siblings as well as food, music, fun and campus orientation activities. Unloading of vehicles will take place at Lake Superior Hall and Griggs Hall. Food tents will be set up near "Griggs Beach" (behind Lake Superior Hall).

Scramble activities

Projected freshmen enrollment at UMD this year is 2,150 with nearly 90% of freshman living on campus. Projected total enrollment is estimated at 11,300 students (approximately the same as last year's total). Projected total of new students is 2,650 (which includes 2,150 freshmen and 500 new transfer students.

Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin, along with vice chancellors, deans, professors and staff, will be on hand to meet, greet and welcome students and their families as students move into their campus residence halls.

As the "Chancellor's Welcome Team" greets parents, answers questions and visits with students, all will be wearing special Chancellor's Welcome Team t-shirts. Over 150 student volunteers from a variety of campus organizations will also be on hand to assist students and their families. The volunteers will "fetch and tote" helping with moving chores and providing information on student clubs and activities.

UMD Bulldog Welcome Week then officially begins Friday morning, September 4.

Required for all Freshman with new transfer students invited to participate, UMD Bulldog Welcome Week will offer four full days packed with information, activities and fun all aimed at preparing new students for their transition to the college and the community. The program is an all-campus effort that will involve more than 100 faculty, 150 staff members, 175 student leaders and 2,200 freshman students.

During the UMD Bulldog Welcome Week students will:

  • become more familiar with UMD's academic expectations
  • make many new friends—including other new students and current UMD student leaders
  • meet faculty and staff
  • learn some tips for keeping on top of finances during college
  • connect with student organizations, campus activities and ways to get involved
  • get to know the campus and campus resources
  • explore the city of Duluth
  • get connected to UMD

"We know that certain experiences at the beginning of a student's freshman year can have a tremendous impact on that student's transition from high school to college," said Jeni Eltink, Program Director for the UMD First Year Experience Program. "UMD Bulldog Welcome Week will help all freshmen learn the basics of college success. The program focuses on academic achievement, student-to-student connections, connection to campus and community, and students' role in their own success."

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