RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Commonwealth University opened its doors to the largest group of freshman in its history on Friday and Saturday.
8News dropped by campus for a look at the massive move-in.
There were fired up freshmen and teary-eyed parents. All were carting boxes on boxes into the numerous VCU residence halls, closing almost a dozen streets until 8 p.m.
It’s pretty much an all-day event of moving in these students — from essentials to entertainment with upper-classmen lending a hand as families unload.
Roughly 4,200 students make up this year’s record-setting freshman class and more than a third of them are first generation college students.
According to VCU, nine in ten of the freshman are from Virginia, with minority students making up half the incoming class.
“VCU is such a diverse population which is why we’re all here and I’m so glad I could be a part of this community,” said VCU student Tyrhen Williams.
As the newly-minted college students step out into the world, the parents try to learn to let go.
“As a mom, you look at your children and still see them as little so it’s a new step,” explained parent Suzanne Hart.
Parents say that they are confident their kids will succeed at their new home on campus.
“Trial and error they’ll figure it out,” said Hart.For complete back to school coverage, check out our Back to School HQ.Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips toiReport8@wric.com.