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A Look Back at Move-in 2013

A perfect week


Over the span of seven days, more than 11,000 students arrived on campus, part of the annual September migration known as Move-in. Streets were closed or made one-way, and police presided over traffic-choked intersections as families unloaded stuffed vehicles and students pushed ubiquitous yellow carts across parking lots, along sidewalks, and into residence halls. It was equal parts exhilarating and exhausting. And then, it was over. Friends and family said their good-byes, and a new academic year began.

Everything was perfect, says Marc Robillard, executive director of housing and dining, despite minor obstacles like traffic from the week’s back-to-back Red Sox games at Fenway Park and a driving rain that soaked many freshmen as they marched up Comm Ave to Agganis Arena for Matriculation on Sunday.

BU residence halls will be at full capacity this year, with an expected 11,347 students, Robillard says. The first arrivals—approximately 1,500—came on Monday, most of them athletes, band members, or participants in the First-Year Student Outreach Project (FYSOP), a program that brings freshman volunteers to campus early to work for good causes in and around Boston. Wednesday was the busiest day of the week, with 2,900 students descending on campus, many for the final freshman Orientation session. Wednesday was also the first day of early move-in for returning students. Approximately 1,000 students showed up on both Thursday and Friday. Saturday, the first official Move-in day, saw 1,900 students arrive, and Sunday another 1,700.

Roughly 270 Scarlet Squad members, made up of upperclassmen, faculty, and staff volunteers, were on hand to greet first-year students and help them move in to residence halls, according to Daryl Healea (STH’01, SED’10), Residence Life associate director for student and staff development.

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