Created: August 25, 2021 05:42 PM
The beginning of the new academic year became a reality on Wednesday with the start of the residence hall move-in at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Nearly 2,000 new students are scheduled to move in by Thursday. Again this year, the move-in is being spread out over multiple days.
"We found that last year's move-in, spread over multiple days with students scheduled, resulted in a less stressful experience for all and believe that this will help us provide a safer move-in experience this year," Jeremy Leiferman, director of Housing and Residence Life, said in a news release.
The university is holding Bulldog Welcome Week events through Sunday, including a welcome from Chancellor Lendley Black and an all-class photo on Thursday. On Saturday, a "Bulldog Bash" will allow students to get to know each other and learn about campus life in a carnival-like atmosphere.
Classes begin Monday, August 30.
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, people will be required to wear masks in campus buildings. UMD's Facilities Management team installed new air filtration systems over the summer and also ordered portable air filtration units.
UMD has an estimated 2021 freshman enrollment of 2,030, up from 1,780 last year. 87% are from Minnesota and 10% are from Wisconsin, with the remaining freshmen coming from 20 other states and seven countries.
The university's total estimated campus enrollent is 10,010, down slightly from 10,275 last year. Undergraduates make up 8,115 of the students. Official enrollment numbers will not be available until mid-September.
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