UNO Welcomes New Students with Freshmen Move-In Day

Incoming freshmen to the University of New Orleans enjoyed a warm welcome Thursday as University students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni helped move the new students into their residence halls.

“This is exciting for me to be a part of my first Freshmen Move-In Day at UNO,” said UNO President Peter J. Fos, who left his office near lunchtime to meet new students and their parents and help them move.

“Admissions and student affairs do a great job with these programs that make new students feel they’re part of the Privateer family.”

Freshmen Move-In Day marks one of the biggest the days of the year at UNO. The annual event is designed to bring new students, their parents, faculty, staff and administrators together, while warmly greeting newcomers to campus. 

Freshmen Move-In Day also officially kicks off the Privateer Plunge, a six-week welcome for new students. The six-week session is packed with events, workshops, parties and presentations designed to introduce new students to available resources and help them get to know campus, all while making new friends.

Joining Fos at Pontchartrain Hall on Thursday were a volunteer crew of UNO faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and upperclassmen, including student athletes and members of the UNO athletic department. Clad in yellow T-Shirts that said “I love UNO,” the volunteers greeted new students and lent helping hands, moving luggage, mini-fridges and other items.

Now in its fifth year, Freshmen Move-In Day is co-hosted by a number of campus departments including the Office of Admissions, the First Year Experience and Student Housing. The University provides refreshments and snowballs throughout the day.

The annual event began at 9 a.m. and will culminate at 5:30 p.m. with a BBQ and other events in the Pontchartrain Hall Courtyard. The fun will include music and a “dunk tank” featuring a number of campus leaders, including UNO head men's basketball coach Mark Slessinger. The long day ends with a late-night family-friendly Improv Show. All are welcome.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a faculty or staff member, an administrator, or a returning student,” said Christy Heaton, UNO’s associate director for orientation and first year student success. “We all put these yellow t-shirts on and help welcome the freshmen. It brings the whole UNO campus community together. I love it.”