DARTMOUTH — Just in time for Labor Day, first-year students at UMass Dartmouth have begun to move on campus to mark the unofficial end of summer on the SouthCoast.

UMass Dartmouth welcomed 1,000 first-year students to campus on Sunday. New students and their families flocked to campus while more than 600 student, faculty, and staff volunteers helped ease the move-in process.

UMass Dartmouth will welcome more than 2,300 new students from 36 states and 27 countries to campus this year, including undergraduate and graduate students. Approximately 4,000 will be living on campus.

Chancellor Robert Johnson greeted the new arrivals, welcoming the Class of 2023.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The Class of 2023 will be officially welcomed to the university during Convocation exercises on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater.

Additionally, UMass Law welcomed a record number of incoming first-year students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

In total, 113 new law students began their legal education careers - a 21.5-percent increase from last year. For the second year in a row, the University says applications to UMass Law grew by more than 20-percent, far exceeding the national average.

At the same time, incoming student LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs increased across the board, making this incoming class the most academically qualified in the history of the school.

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