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    Welcome New Students to Tsinghua University

    There’s a picture on the Internet which shows a sign which reads as follows.

    Welcome New Students to Tsinghua University

    I wonder if this slogan is appropriate. It seems that it’s more common just to say “Welcome to ** University”.

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    Re: Welcome New Students to Tsinghua University

    I don't like the word order at all. It sounds like an imperative. I'd prefer something like:

    New Students - Welcome to XXX University.
    Welcome to XXX University, New Students
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Welcome New Students to Tsinghua University

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ID:	3209 What about these two signs? Do they mean these?

    The University of West Australia Welcome New Students.

    Trinity College Welcome New Students.

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    #4

    Re: Welcome New Students to Tsinghua University

    No. The names of the institutions are not the subjects of the sentences.

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    Re: Welcome New Students to Tsinghua University

    I wonder if the two signs in # 3 means these:

    Welcome to The University of West Australia, New Students.
    Welcome to Trinity College, New Students.

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    Re: Welcome New Students to Tsinghua University

    Yes, of course that is what they mean.

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    #7

    Re: Welcome New Students to Tsinghua University

    The original needs commas:
    "Welcome, New Students, to XXX University!"

    However, it's a bit clunky. I prefer:

    "New Students! Welcome to XXX University!"
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    #8

    Re: Welcome New Students to Tsinghua University

    Note that these (and possibly the sentence in the OP as well) are (literally) welcome banners.

    These custom printed banners are priced by their size, so many shortcuts are taken to reduce the message to its core concept, to allow as big an image as possible within the given space.

    Sometimes they may be priced by the foot, or they may just be offered in certain pre-set sizes, but regardless the idea is to conserve space while maximizing visibility for the most cost-effective combination.

    Even with rigid signs, there's the same idea of maximizing visibility while conserving space (and thus cost), so shortcuts and grammatical liberties are taken.
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