It’s Move-In Week at Boston University

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston) – Over the next several days some 4,300 incoming freshmen will arrive at Boston University to begin their first semester of college. They will be joined by 25,000 returning BU students. Nearly 80 percent of the university’s undergraduates live in on-campus housing. In addition, a new building housing more than 220 graduate students has opened at 580 Commonwealth Avenue.

The best location for photographing returning students as they move into university residences is along Bay State Road (especially the Towers residence hall at 140 Bay State Road). Besides moving belongings into their new residences, students will be meeting with academic advisors, getting university IDs, attending orientation workshops, making and renewing friendships, and bidding good-byes to parents and siblings.

Early move-in ends Friday, September 3. Freshmen move in on Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and September 5, beginning at 9 a.m. On Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., the annual Parents Convocation will be held, and the following morning at 10 a.m., incoming freshmen will participate in a Matriculation Ceremony at the university’s Track and Tennis Center.

Following the Class of 2008 Matriculation Ceremony, students will take part in SPLASH! at Nickerson Field — an annual fun-filled event with games, prizes, vendors, music, and a barbecue — to welcome them to Boston University and give them a chance to meet their classmates.

• Parents Convocation: 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 5, at Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor.

• Class of 2008 Matriculation Ceremony: 10 a.m. on Monday, September 6, at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center, 100 Ashford Street.

• SPLASH! Begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 6, on Nickerson Field. This annual program welcomes incoming freshmen with a barbecue, music, and a variety of fun activities.

Event: Move-In Week

Date: Wednesday, September 1 through Monday, September 6

Place: Boston University Charles River Campus