Tiffin University welcomed 538 new students to its campus this fall. This number includes new first-year and transfer students (both domestic and international).
New students hail from 28 states and nine countries, with the addition of Israel, increasing the number of total countries represented on Tiffin’s campus to 28.
First-year students arrived on campus August 15 during Welcome Weekend, a two-day event full of exciting activities to help kick-off their college experience.
New students moved in, watched a virtual convocation, toured Tiffin and connected with their classmates while wearing personalized TU facial coverings and social distancing in small groups.
During the virtual convocation, Tiffin University President, Dr. Lillian Schumacher, explained the University’s guiding principles and ICARE values. “Each year we celebrate one of these values and this year, our value is respect,” she said. “I encourage you to remember this word throughout the year at TU. Respect yourselves, respect each other and respect your new home now called Tiffin University.”
President Schumacher also inspired students to transform their lives during their time at TU. “Enjoy your journey and know that if you allow us to both challenge and support you, your life will be transformed through the education that you attain here and you will graduate becoming a Dragon for life.”
Peter Holbrook, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, motivated new students to create their own stories about starting school during a pandemic.
“It may not be the typical experience your parents had, or a brother or sister, or maybe a friend had in the last year,” he said. “But this is your experience and you will make the best of it.”
Holbrook believes that students will learn how to steer their ship through any storm and be resilient. “Don’t let what you can’t do, stand in the way of what you can do. Take opportunities and challenge them, and you will come out on the other side resiliently. I know that you will make it.”
Classes began on August 17 and will end by Thanksgiving break with finals completed remotely.