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September 21, 2023

UW’s incoming class to be welcomed at New Student Convocation

Purple video boards in a darkened arena

The University of Washington’s incoming class is expected to consist of about 7,000 students.University of Washington

The University of Washington will welcome its incoming classes and their families on Sunday, Sept. 24 at the University’s 40th annual New Student Convocation, which will be held in Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

The incoming class is expected to consist of about 7,000 students. Official census information is announced later in the quarter.

Tricia Serio, UW Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, will be the featured speaker. Serio, who took office on Aug. 1, previously served as Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.

UW President Ana Mari Cauce, members of the Board of Regents, the deans of the 16 schools and colleges, and faculty members will also be in attendance.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m., and the ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. For those who are unable to attend, the ceremony will be broadcast live.

Following the ceremony, incoming students will form a giant block “W” on the field inside Husky Stadium.

Fast facts:

  • Preliminary figures show the incoming freshman class is expected to be about 7,000 students.
  • Around 4,450 freshmen will be from Washington state.
  • An additional 1,500 transfer students are expected to arrive this fall, about 1,250 of whom will be from Washington community colleges.
  • UW Bothell and UW Tacoma also welcome their incoming classes, with about 1,226 and 630 freshmen, and about 543 and 650 transfer students expected, respectively.