Teaching the Class of 2023

It’s 2020 and our incoming freshman class likely grew up very differently than us. Often referred to as Gen Z or iGen, students born around 2001 are the most ethnically diverse generation in American history. Below are some of the realities of our 3,400 incoming students this academic year.

  • The primary use of a phone has always been to take pictures.
  • Most of them will rent, not buy, their course textbooks.
  • Airline passengers have always had to take off their shoes to pass through security.
  • They have grown up with “search algorithms” that know what they want before they do.
  • They are on track to graduate college in 2023, the same year as Sasha Obama.
  • They were born the same year that the Apple iPod was released.

Our students may be expecting a college experience that is different than ours (bring on the advising chatbots, 3D campus tours, and virtual reality in the classroom).

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