Record freshman class to arrive Wednesday

Continuing a hallowed UIndy tradition, Movin’ Crew student volunteers lend some elbow grease to help new students get settled on Move-In Day 2015.

Martin Hall overhauled to house new Engineering programs

New programs and renovated facilities will greet the largest and most diverse incoming class in UIndy history when it arrives Wednesday.

This year’s freshmen could be the first to number 1,000 or more, contributing to a projected all-time high of more than 3,400 full-time undergraduate students. They hail from 28 states and 20 nations, with 25 percent multicultural representation.

Move-In Day for new students is Wednesday, with hundreds of faculty, staff, student and alumni volunteers on duty to assist incoming families from 8 to 11 a.m. The Movin’ Crew will direct the incoming vehicles, unload and catalog the new students’ personal and household items, then deposit the goods in the designated residence hall rooms. The day kicks off a series of Welcome Week events designed to help the newcomers make friends and get comfortable on campus.

Martin Hall

Martin Hall

Debuting this fall are UIndy’s first four-year programs in Engineering, with majors in Software Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering. The new programs are housed — alongside the departments of Mathematics & Computer Science and Physics & Earth-Space Science — in Martin Hall, which has undergone extensive renovation this summer to create new technology-rich laboratories, classrooms and collaborative spaces. A new maker space on the second floor is set up with computer workstations, power tools, a 3-D printer and other equipment and materials for use by the entire university.

Neighboring Lilly Science Hall also has undergone a transformation this summer and will reopen with new labs and collaborative spaces to accommodate faculty-student research in Biology and Chemistry.

Popular majors among incoming freshmen include Engineering, Nursing, Education, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Exercise Science and Psychology.