Welcome to Fall 2019, and in particular, Welcome to the Tippie Class of 2023! Today marks the start of classes with our biggest and best first year class ever. With over 500 new students joining as “direct admits,” Tippie will now have over 3000 enrolled students. Our goal is not to be big, but to be a great place to study and work. Together we create a great learning community, and we are glad you are here to be part of it.
New students have just been through days of orientation and heard lots of great tips. I’d like to add one more — reach out and ask questions of current students, whether they are your peer mentors, learning coaches, or just students in your class. You’ve joined a caring and inclusive community, and fellow Tippie students have a lot to offer from the mundane tip (where are the PBB bathrooms?) to the more complex advice (how could a first year student find a good on-campus job or internship?). We have many professional staff, including your advisor, who are excited to answer these questions, but connections with other students should be a routine part of your day-to-day learning. If you are unsure what to say, just introduce yourself and start asking questions like “where are you from?” or “what are you studying?”
Have a great first week of classes. On behalf of the faculty and staff, we are glad you are here and ready to get started!