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UDLAP Welcomes the Class of 2022

Over 2,500 new licenciatura and graduate students lived their first experience as part of the UDLAP community.

With the start of activities for the 2018 Fall Orientation, over 2,500 new licenciatura and graduate students from different Mexican states had their first experience as a part of the Universidad de las Américas Puebla community.

During a welcoming event, Dr. Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista, UDLAP´s President, emphasized that this year´s class is the largest in the history of Universidad de las Américas Puebla and that, due to the high demand for admission, the university closed the enrollment of new students for the Fall 2018 semester early. “Today I welcome the 2018 – 2022 class, the largest and best qualified in the institution’s history.  Congratulations to each and every one of you”, expressed the UDLAP president.

He told the UDLAP students that they would live a unique and different experience: “You will meet, study, and socialize with people from all over the country and abroad.  You will have excellent professors who teach with quality and warmth, and you will get practical experience for your careers. This is Universidad de las Américas Puebla.”

Likewise, Miguel Saavedra Chimal, president of the Student Council’s Executive Branch, gave the new students five ideas to experience UDLAP to the fullest: “First, try new things and enroll in the university’s activities; second, don’t forget to set aside time for all things; third, forget apathy; fourth, be yourselves; and fifth, feel that you belong to the UDLAP community because you are now Aztecas, you are already part of Universidad de las Américas Puebla, the best private university in Mexico.”

To close the event, Dr. Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista swore in the new UDLAP students saying, “By the authority vested in me in my role as president, I declare each and every one of you a student of Universidad de las Américas Puebla, with all the rights, responsibilities, and privileges that this implies.  Welcome Aztecas!”

Then, the new students took part in the traditional welcome ritual, which, with feather headdress and the right hand up high, harmonized the “tomahawk”, a ritual that Universidad de las Américas Puebla has made customary to perform at the start of every Azteca game, which for the university means going out and giving the best of oneself.

The Orientation Program is a set of activities carried out by Universidad de las Américas Puebla as part of the process to help new students to adapt.  It includes recreational activities, sharing ideas with classmates, making new friends, and meeting professors and administrative personnel.  During this program, new UDLAP students have numerous activities, such as workshops, a rally, campus tours, English placement exams, and talks with deans and academic directors.