Local Colleges Boast Increasing Numbers in Freshman Class

By Kristen Tripodi

Published 08/22 2014 06:51PM

Updated 08/22 2014 06:53PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - It's that time of year again when thousands of students and their families make their way into town to move into college.

It was organized chaos at many local colleges as freshmen set up shop at their new home for the school year. This year's classes at local colleges are boasting some pretty impressive numbers.

“Well it was really nice to move in a little early and get settled and be able to help other freshman on my floor move in,” said Melanie Levene, a UVM student.

One way to tell it's move in day both UVM and Champlain College campuses were buzzing with students and their families learning to navigate their new stomping grounds.

“I'm very excited for this year, going in head first,” said Levene.

The traffic is another way to tell that school is just around the corner as thousands of students and their families travel into Burlington getting ready for another year.

“And we've been putting on a lot of events for the freshman you know like kind of getting them to get out of dorm and meet new friends, find other people who have similar interests,” said Levene.

The Class of 2018 at Champlain College is one of the schools largest on record; boasting more 650 students, from 36 states, and six countries.

Over at UVM more than 2300 incoming freshmen moved in; from 22 countries and 39 states.

Although students don't move into St. Michael's College until next week, the school is expecting the biggest incoming freshman class the school has seen in ten years with almost 600 students coming from  38 states and 17 countries.

And at the end of move in day there were hugs and tears as students set off to begin a new journey at their new home away from home.

For both UVM and Champlain College classes start Monday. While St. Michael's College starts class on September 1st.

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