Saturday is a busy day for students who will be returning to a number of South Carolina colleges and universities, including the campuses of the University of South Carolina. The annual “move-in day” often involves the help of parents and school officials.
At Clemson University, student body president Ryan Duane will not only be moving in, but will be assisting anyone he can. He says it’s a hectic day.
Duane is a senior from Irmo majoring in accounting.
Total enrollment figures won’t be available until October, but it’s evident that the freshman class is a little smaller than last year, which was especially large. School officials say the freshman class totals around 3000 students each year.
Traffic around the University of South Carolina Columbia campus will be busy Saturday. Enrollment figures show that 6,853 undergraduate students who will be living on campus this year and 450 on-campus graduate students.
Classes begin Wednesday at Clemson, as well as Coastal Carolina and some other schools. T’ara Smith is a sophomore from Baltimore attending Coastal Carolina. This year for the first time, the Myrtle Beach university is requiring sophomores to live in campus housing.
Smith says the first couple of days before classes are relaxed and give students a chance meet each other and learn about the campus.
It’s important for new students, especially, to get to know each other. An important part of the first year is to meet someone who will be your close friend all year long, because it’s new to everyone.
Smith says finding a close friend or friends on campus will help students to cope with stressful times.
At Coastal Carolina there are 8,152 students enrolled for the fall semester, close to 500 more than last year at this time, and the school anticipates that they’ll have a final enrollment this semester of 550 students more still. School officials anticipate 2000 freshmen, approximately 225 more than one year ago. University officials say that the increase in freshmen is the result of planned growth from increased housing for new students and a number of new majors (including Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre, Biochemistry, Graphic Design, and Information Systems).
Doug Bell in the school’s marketing department says Coastal Carolina’s Residential Bridge program with nearby Horry-Georgetown Technical College will increase the school’s transfer population by 46 additional students this year, to a total of 800.