The University of Dayton has already begun to move in one of the biggest classes in school history but the bulk of new students will arrive on campus Friday.
More than 2,200 freshmen will move to campus beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, said Cari Wallace, assistant vice president of student development. Returning students will head back to the university on Sunday before classes begin on Wednesday.
Motorists should expect some traffic delays on roadways surrounding the university during the move in day.
“As this week progresses you will see more and more traffic activity around the Borwn Street campus area but Friday will be the big day,” Wallace said.
To decrease traffic congestion and move-in stress, the university has given students targeted times to arrive throughout the day, based on what residence hall they are moving into, Wallace said.
Parents and students drive up to residence halls and volunteers help them quickly unload to move students in as quickly as possible. This will be the second year UD has used a staggered move-in schedule, something that was done to smooth out the process and decrease traffic congestion around campus.
“It went very well…we worried about traffic and parking and all of those kinds of things,” Wallace said of last year’s move-in”It’s probably a good idea if you don’t have to be around Brown Street because Brown Street is going to be packed with traffic.”
Around 490 volunteers will help students and their families unload their belongings when they arrive to campus, Wallace said. The university tries to make sure that volunteers are trained to be able to answer any questions or help new students and their families in any way, Wallace has said.
Every fall the university hosts a celebration for its new students called “Rudy-Palooza,” during which students can participate in activities and see some live entertainment. This year, the university will use space at the convention center downtown and at the new Levitt Pavilion to get students better connected to the city, Wallace said.
“We’re excited about it,” Wallace said. “It’s just so they can see it, so it’s not the scary downtown area that they don’t see, that they don’t engage with.”
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