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Move-in day for thousands of students at UT residence halls

8:49 AM, Aug 18, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - UT Campus) The majority of UT students living in residence halls this upcoming school year moved into their new homes on Saturday.

Students, parents, reluctant siblings and campus volunteers carried countless laundry baskets, mini-fridges and bean bag chairs inside the campus's 12 residence halls.

Even Chancellor Jimmy Cheek pitched in on Saturday, helping unload the cars of incoming students.

The university's official Move-In Day students began at 8 a.m. Many of the students who moved in on Saturday are part of the incoming Class of 2017.

According to the university, with more than 4,300 students this class is one of the largest freshman classes in almost a decade.

UT said it was close, but it did have room for all 7,000 students who wanted to live on-campus.

The housing situation should be easier next year. Next fall, UT will open its first new dorm on campus in 40 years. The Fred D. Brown, Jr. residence hall is currently under construction but when it opens it will hold almost 700 students.

On Friday, the school let around 1,000 other students in certain academic programs move in. Saturday's official Move-in Day also kicked off the university's Welcome Week.

Click here for a full schedule of UT Welcome Week activities for students.

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