NORMAL (WEEK) — Over 800 Illinois State University students moved in Wednesday and got a rainy and wet welcome to campus as they moved into their dorms.
Students, parents and volunteers tugged loft kits stacked with housing essentials into Watterson, Hewett/Manchester, and Tri-Towers residence halls.
Move in days were extended from the normal three days to a full 8 days to reduce crowding and COVID concerns.
“It’s really vibrant,” ISU president Terri Goss Kinzy said. “Starting on Monday and all week, we have students really well spaced out. So there all getting the opportunity to have a good move in experience.”
More students are on campus this school year with 54 percent all moved in as of Wednesday afternoon after virtual learning kept some at home last year.
Assistant Director of Marketing & Assessment Ed Campbell said the hope is the dorm experience this year will help ISU feel like a second home.
“We’re all really looking forward to meeting and supporting the students,” Campbell said. “We’re not housing services without them. We know that they’ve had it rough throughout the pandemic, but our staff is really ready to support them.”
Students will also get to experience welcome week activities on the quad before starting classes on Monday.