Letter from President Roberts to new students

By Christopher Roberts

Dear students,

Welcome to Auburn University! We are happy to have you on campus. You are now part of a community that has been ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the top 10 universities based on student ratings in terms of one of the “most beloved colleges” with a “great quality of life,” “friendliest students ‘ and the ‘happiest students’.

My goal is for Auburn to be known for creating the best student-centered experiences in the country. An Auburn education is not based solely on the academic content we provide to our students. The content in the classroom is of course crucial. But it must be accompanied by extraordinary experiences that we provide outside the classroom. This will help you be successful as a student, but it also lays the foundation for a lifetime of success.

We place great emphasis on ensuring that our academic programs and student support systems provide transformative learning experiences and a high-quality “Auburn Experience.” I want every interaction you have – from your Camp War Eagle experience until I shake your hand and congratulate you on your graduation – and all the thousands of touchpoints in between – to be exceptional.

To get the most out of your college experience, I encourage you to get involved in your major and in your classes. Make time to get to know your professors. They are experts in their field, who love what they do and can serve as great mentors. Also meet your study advisor. This person is a crucial resource as you navigate your major and select your courses to ensure you graduate on time. These relationships will be of great importance as you progress through your academic courses.

I also encourage you to get involved in student organizations. Your Auburn experience is what you make of it. With more than 550 campus organizations, there is always one that suits you perfectly. Our campus organizations are a great way to meet other students and learn valuable skills that will help you succeed after graduation.

Finally, take advantage of all the free activities and opportunities we offer on our campus. Attend a lecture by one of the world’s leading scientists, business leaders or innovators. Attend a play or a concert. Take a stroll through the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center or Davis Arboretum. Cheer on our Auburn Tigers at a sporting event. View the collections at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Don’t leave the Plains without making the most of all the opportunities available to you on campus.

I welcome you to the Auburn Family and look forward to seeing you on campus.

War Eagle!

Christopher Roberts currently serves as president of Auburn University, a position he began in May 2022. He was previously dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and professor of chemical engineering.

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