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Aug 22, 2013 7:30 PM by Erika Flores

Move-in day: UA welcomes incoming freshman

TUCSON - It's moving-in day for thousands of college students in Tucson.

Undergraduates have been dropping by McKale Center to get their keys before heading off to their new dorm rooms.

The university has been packed with 300 people from across campus moving nearly seven thousand UA students into their campus housing.

UA scheduled the students to arrive at different times and days to avoid congestion.

Wednesday was an early move in day where students could pay a 40 dollar fee to move in early, but Thursday was the official start to move in where students moved in during their assigned time.

Students could check-in online beforehand and use a free program to find a roommate.

They were given a checklist of what to bring including all of the necessities for making their first year a productive one.

"Leaving home for me is really hard because I'm really close to my family and all my friends, but I'm excited to start a new chapter," said Amanda Garcia, incoming freshman.

"Leaving our little baby here has been difficult, but just the process and the friendliness and how they've embraced us and embraced our family and just the organization of it all has made it so much easier for us," said Amanda's mom.

Residence hall move in continues through Saturday and classes begin next Monday.

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