UWS is kicking off the beginning of its 121st school year this week.

A host of events will be taking place over the next couple of days to welcome students and faculty back to campus. The All Campus Opening for Faculty and Staff was held Tuesday to talk about improving campus climate and retention.

"Our enrollment is up, our freshmen enrollment is up, our transfer numbers are up higher than they have been for 10 years, we have a higher application rate than we have in a decade, so Yellowjacket nation is really buzzing right now," said Daniel Fanning, the Director of Communications at UWS.

Thursday is move in day for new and returning students, and the New Student celebration will also take place at the Yellowjacket Union. The official first day of class is Tuesday.