Incoming freshmen are navigating the Augusta State campus after moving in over the weekend. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 7, 2011)
Aug. 7, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Ready or not, classes for some of you begin tomorrow.
Come Monday morning, Richmond, Columbia, McCormick and Glascock students head back to class. For those of you heading to college, you might be spending the next few days moving in.
Molly Walton, 18, has finally arrived for move-in day at Augusta State University. Walton, of Conifer, Colo., has been busy decorating her dorm room and hanging out her new roommates.
"I am a freshman in college now and I am so excited to start my new life," Walton said.
Her parents, Brian and Cheryl, feel somewhat the same.
"This is our last child to leave the house so it is a little more emotional and we are happy for her," Cheryl Walton said.
ASU's community assistant, Marytess Banez, said University Village broke a record. This year more than 300 students are returning and more than 100 new students have enrolled.
"A lot of kids are going to smaller colleges because they can get a good education and get what they need without having to pay big fees and expenses," she said.
But some students are still trying to figure out how they are going to pay for college. Especially after HOPE scholarship funds were cut by 10 percent.
Molly got a full ride to play softball, but her roommates Heather and Hannah were afraid they would not get the HOPE scholarship.
"I'm so glad I got it because a lot of my friends did not," Hannah Vaughn said.
She says now she can just focus on playing softball and college life.
Campus assistants hope new safety features and campus life programs this year will help freshman transition into college life.
"We are available to our students at all hours," Banez said. "There are different options of assistance for a variety of issues."
College campuses are encouraging students, parents and staff to sign up for security text alerts.
Today was also move in day for Paine College students. USC Aiken's move in day is next weekend.