Updated: September 20, 2021 06:50 PM
Created: September 20, 2021 12:40 PM
Day one of 'Jacket Fest was a big success. Plenty of students were able to check out what the school has to offer, with clubs and jobs.
We caught up with two soccer players, including freshman Ava Giswold. "It's definitely. It was hard being a senior in high school. But now, coming here, it's super. We're' really close with the men's team. And getting to know a lot of people, it's fun."
Niya Wilson, a sophomore, added, "It's so much better seeing people in person. And finally meet my professors. And to have a regular soccer season again, it's good to be back."
International students like Lucas Palomino are enjoying being on campus. "I love it. Because college is an experience. And you have to be here to try it. So I think it's awesome we can all be here and enjoy the semester," he said. He was able to get his vaccine when he arrived from Colombia.
In fact, there are vaccine clinics available on campus twice a week.
The headcount for Yellowjackets this year is at 2,622. Notable, first year enrollments are up 23% from last year. Transfer students are at a five-year high, and graduate enrollments are up from last year.
Jeremy Nere, executive director of admissions, credits the hard work of the team, which still did in-person campus tours and orientations. "Just finding creative ways to connect with students. I think our small, personalized approach, really stood out this past year. "
'Jacket Fest continues on Tuesday.
UMD also is seeing strong enrollment numbers. According to the school: New high school students: 2,030 - up 14% compared to fall 2020
New transfer students: 410 - up 13% compared to fall 2020
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