A busy week (and summer!) in Btown

What a week!

And for that matter, what a summer!

Beginning last Sunday, when new students began arriving on campus, we here at IU Bloomington have been busy officially welcoming the most academically accomplished and diverse incoming class in our history and helping our first-year students quickly get acclimated to their new surroundings and all the pride and joy that goes into being a Hoosier.

A quick by-the-numbers look our record-breaking freshman class, followed by some highlights of Move-in Day, a momentous day in the lives of our students, their families and their loved ones.

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We’ve also worked with our colleagues across campus to spotlight a few bright and talented individuals who make up the Class of 2019, all of whom were formally inducted into IU’s vibrant community of scholars during Freshman Induction ceremonies led by IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel.

Finally, let it be noted that our welcoming work begins well before students officially become part of the IU family. Our precollege programs and summer camps bring hundreds of potential future Hoosiers to campus.

Students, ranging in age from elementary to high school, spend time here in, among other activities, world-class arts-related programs at the Jacobs School of Music, Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance and the African American Arts Institute, business- or tech-focused programs at the Kelley School of Business and School of Informatics and Computing, and the Media School’s 70-year-old IU High School Journalism Institute.

While on campus, they live in residence halls, take classes, work in groups and individually, and present their work at the end – all experiences that help make the college experience feel possible and exciting.

Several of these students took part in programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math, such as Project STEM (previously known as Project Seed).

Others participated in Camp S.O.U.L., a performing arts camp, led by three-time Emmy award nominee Tyron Cooper, an assistant professor in IU’s Department of African American & African Diaspora.

And nearly 130 rising high school seniors took part in the Balfour Scholars Program, which seeks to increase access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups and matches high school seniors with research projects that reflect their interest areas.

With all of this activity, it’s kind of amazing that classes haven’t even begun yet — the teaching and learning kicks off Monday. If this busy summer and the start of Welcome Week are any indication, we’re in for an exciting and productive new year.

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