Enthusiastic volunteers from the community and long lines of traffic greeted more than 3,500 Texas A&M University students who moved in to their campus residence halls on Sunday.
Family members, friends and strangers worked together to transport clothing, electronics, accessories and more on the largest move-in day of the year. Sunday also marked the start of Howdy Week, in which new and returning Aggies participate in numerous activities to kick off the fall semester.
Carol Binzer, director of administrative and support services for A&M Residence Life, said the campus residential options are at capacity, and about 11,000 students will be living on campus when the semester starts Aug. 26.
She said Residence Life’s more than 50 full-time staff and 200 live-in community directors and student advisers work to ensure that students living on campus feel supported on their academic journeys.
“The vision statement is to provide a world-class living and learning experience,” Binzer said. “It’s kind of a lab. You’re living with others who are going through the same experience and whose priority is academic success, along with all that comes with being in college. The Aggie culture is about getting involved, doing acts of service and developing as a well-rounded person.”
Binzer praised the volunteers who help with the move-in process, and said the volunteer pool includes graduate students, members of student organizations, community members, staff and faculty.
“I ran into several faculty who said they love doing this and feel it’s a good way to start off their year,” Binzer said. She said more students moved in prior to Sunday than in previous years.
Binzer said about 25% of students living on campus are first-generation college students. She said about 500 students are African American, and there are approximately 4,000 Latino students. She said Residence Life and the university host a number of events early in the semester designed to support students of various identities.