Local colleges welcome students to campus

It's that time of year again. Students are packing up their belongings and entering into their first days as a college student.

We checked in with local colleges and universities in the Tri-States on how move in days are going.

Quincy University is welcoming the largest freshman class it has seen since 1996. Two hundred and eighty-one freshman students landed on campus Friday for move-in day, to kick off their Orientation Weekend.

QU also reports they are welcoming over 90 new transfer students to campus.

Syndi Peck is the Vice President of Enrollment Management for QU, and is excited to see new students on campus.

"The whole concept of having personal relationships with instructors, faculty and students working side by side, small classrooms, personal attention, the ability to participate in hands on learning is just incredible. And I think our students are really looking forward to those opportunities in the classroom," Peck said.

Western Illinois University administrators, such as President Jack Thomas, greeted students and their families during Saturday's move-in day.

"Just to show them how appreciative we are that they are coming to Western Illinois University and that we want to be out to share with them and to let them know that students matter most," Thomas said.

A WIU spokesperson says more than 3900 students moved in this weekend, 1585 of whom were new.

WIU classes begin on Monday.

A spokesperson said final enrollment numbers will not be available until after Labor Day.

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