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Record Number of Students Arrive at UT

Published: August 17, 2006

Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 28, but The University of Tampa’s busiest week of the year is Monday, Aug. 21-Friday, Aug. 25, when thousands of parents and other family members help their students move into residence halls and accompany them to the myriad of orientation activities scheduled throughout the week.


For the second straight year, more than 5,000 students will show up for fall classes at the University, and for the 10th consecutive year, the entering class will be larger than any before it.


International students begin arriving Monday morning, Aug. 21, for check-in at the International Programs Office. Orientation sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday will include briefings on American culture, the U.S. education system, health insurance and basic college survival skills.  


More than 170 new international students are pre-enrolled this fall, part of a total of more than 400, about 90 more than last fall’s international total, said Sally Moorehead, assistant director of international programs. This fall’s new group includes 20 from Trinidad and Tobago, 12 from the United Kingdom, 10 from Germany and seven from Kuwait, with the usual substantial numbers from the Bahamas and Bermuda, and new students from as far away as India.  (These are pre-enrollment figures. Final figures will be available in September.)


The big crowds start their moving frenzy on Tuesday, Aug. 22, when domestic new students arrive to drop personal items at their residence halls, 2-5 p.m.


From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, new resident students check in at the Plant Hall Grand Salon, while their parents and families check in at the Plant Hall Music Room. A reception at the Hyatt Regency downtown will greet parents and family members from 7-8 p.m.  


Despite the opening this month of Kennedy Place, the new $15.6-million residence hall on W. Kennedy Boulevard at Hyde Park Avenue, three floors of the Hyatt will serve the University as a residence hall this semester. Like the on-campus halls, it will be staffed by resident assistants and security personnel. A shuttle will provide free student transportation between the campus and the hotel.


Kennedy Place provides living quarters for 182 UT students beginning this month. The 11-story, 63,000-square-foot hall features 122 single apartments and 30 double units with private bathrooms, individual kitchens and secure key-card access.


As move-in and orientation week — the busiest ever at UT — draws to a close, President Ronald L. Vaughn officially declares the beginning of the new academic year on Friday, Aug. 25, with Convocation at the Falk Theatre in two shifts — 2:30 and 4 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 26, more than 300 mostly student volunteers participate in Into the Streets, the University’s premier community service event.