DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Coming from more than 900 zip codes, 1,900 first year students swarmed the University of Dayton's campus early Saturday morning for move in weekend.
"I woke up at 5:30 this morning, hopped in the car, and we're just trying to get everything in," said Jared Hood, a UD freshman from Lexington, Kentucky.
Greeted by smiling faces and friendly hellos, the class of 2017 hauled their belongings into the University's four dorms.
With mini-vans packed with boxes and crates, parents unlatched their trunks, moving their sons and daughters into their new homes.
Lugging bins uphill, upperclassmen were there to help with the load.
"A lot of my friends from my school went here, so I came and visited and loved it. I'm happy to be here," said Maureen Culligan, a first year student from a Chicago suburb.
While students remembered college essentials like bedding and furniture, some even brought with them the comforts of home.
"I wasn't going to leave home without my hat, so I had to bring it," laughed Hood.
Bidding goodbye to their parents, students said they're looking forward to the journey the next four years.
"I plan to have an awesome time," said Hood.
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