Wednesday, August 19, 2015

UIS welcomes hundreds of new students on Freshman Move-In Day

The University of Illinois Springfield welcomed approximately 230 new students to campus during Freshman Move-In Day on August 19, 2015.

"It’s exciting. It’s a new chapter in my life," said freshmen Brody McGrath. He chose UIS for the excellent academic programs and for a chance to play on the UIS Baseball team.

"I just really like the opportunities that are here," he said. "The schooling comes across to me as very good. I’ll get better here with baseball and school."

On Move-In Day, students are assigned arrival times in an effort to avoid headaches and congestion. Volunteers help direct parents to parking spaces, unload and carry items and help students find their rooms.

"We try to make it as militarily precise as we can in moving people in. We benefit substantially from a large number of volunteers," said John Ringle, UIS director of residence life.

Chancellor Susan Koch visited with students and parents as they moved into Lincoln and Founders Residence Halls, offering advice and reassuring parents.

"It’s the beginning of what will be a wonderful academic experience, but also a great opportunity for some wonderful social experiences," said Koch.

For incoming freshmen Hannah Kain the day was a little hectic, but she knows she made the right choice in coming to UIS.

"I can see myself living here for the next four years. Right now (my room) is a little crowded, but it’ll all work out," she said.

Fall 2015 semester classes begin on Monday, August 24, 2015.

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