The end of August, first of September represents the start of the traditional fall semester at most colleges and universities. Freshmen arrive with the excitement of attending a new school and meeting lots of new friends. Returning students arrive with tales of summer’s experiences and a spirit of renewal for their academic quest. The campus has been spruced up with summer maintenance projects, some of which have been completed just days, or even hours, before the first freshmen arrived.
As you know, we have no physical classrooms at AMU and APU. Our campus consists of 15 administrative buildings for our leadership and staff in Charles Town, West Virginia and Manassas, Virginia. Over 90 percent of our students are not first time freshmen transitioning from high school to college. Yet, for some reason, many of our adult students choose to come back to college in the fall. Even though we accommodate the schedules of many working adults with 12 monthly semester starts, the fall is usually a busy time of the year for us.
Hosting a back-to-school picnic or cocktail party is more than a little difficult for a university with students in all 50 states and 100+ countries. Virtually, I welcome you to our university and hope that you will find our continuing efforts at academic and social integration helpful. As technology changes and improves, effectively shortening the distance between people, we hope that our abilities to integrate students academically and socially improve as well.
Welcome back and thanks for making us your choice for college.