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Fall Opening

Dear University Colleagues,

Mid-June marks the end of the school year for many of our local schools, the peak of new student orientation, and the pivotal moment for planning the upcoming academic year. This past spring, a cross-divisional group of professionals gathered to plan the opening of the fall 2023 semester at the Storrs campus. The principal goals included creating a sense of belonging and an atmosphere of welcome for our new and returning students.

To achieve this, the University will come together to contribute to what we are referring to as Fall Opening at the Storrs campus. While in the past we have suggested avoiding campus due to busy traffic, we are taking a different approach this academic year.

Leaders in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and other areas will be seeking both required and voluntary participation during Fall Opening, beginning as soon as August 18, for early arrivals, through the busy period of move-in between Thursday, August 24 – Sunday, August 27. Assignments will primarily involve greeting students with a welcoming smile, providing directions at parking lots or information tents, and otherwise spreading the goodwill and Husky spirit that we know makes our community special.

In the coming weeks, we will work with managers to determine where participation in this initiative is required, versus where it may be voluntary.

Fall Opening is an opportunity for us to showcase to our new and returning students and their families the vibrant and diverse community that makes up UConn. Many of our staff work tirelessly all year to plan for a smooth, efficient, and welcoming move-in process, and your time and energy to support the success of the weekend is greatly appreciated. Building a sense of community and belonging among our new and returning students is essential to their success.

Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks, including the specific activities for which we are seeking assistance.


Anne & Nathan

Anne D’Alleva
Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Nathan Fuerst
Vice President for Enrollment Planning & Management