BOONE, N.C. — A caravan of cars, vans and trailers flowed into Boone beginning Monday, Aug. 9, carrying new Mountaineers, their families — and loads and loads of stuff.
“I brought everything,” said Emma Wille, a first-year psychology major from Jacksonville.
“Absolutely everything,” her father chimed in.
Outside each Appalachian State University residence hall, student volunteers were on hand to provide pushcarts and assist families in loading minifridges, suitcases, guitars, computers, snacks, bedding, décor and more.
Resident assistants (RAs) welcomed new students as they moved in, ready to help them adjust to campus life. “It can be a little stressful, trying to figure out how to do everything, so I am here for guidance,” said sophomore Sarah Wallace, an Eggers Hall RA from Raleigh.
Wallace, who is majoring in social work with a minor in Spanish, advised incoming students to “put yourself out there.” She added, “Don’t be afraid to go around and meet people. Attend as many events as you can.”
On the night they moved in, students attended a residence hall meeting to review hall and campus information and connect with others on their floor. Welcome to App events — designed as an extension of summer orientation for first-year and transfer students — provided additional opportunities for students to meet one another and acclimate to campus.
In total, 6,200 students moved into residence halls, including approximately:
- 800 early arrivals, including the Marching Mountaineers, some student-athletes and other groups.
- 4,200 new students who arrived Aug. 9–12, including first-year students and new transfer students.
- 1,200 continuing students who arrived Aug. 13–15.
Classes at App State began Monday.
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About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.