AUSTIN (KXAN) – The University of Texas welcomed more than 7300 students Friday, who will be moving into 14 different on-campus dorms through Saturday.
Those students are coming in from 42 different states, 35 countries and 5 continents. 65 percent of them are incoming freshman here at UT, making up the class of 2018. The rest are transfer students.
In order to make sure this process runs smoothly, 400 volunteers are on hand to help get items out of cars, answer questions, and direct new students.
President Bill Powers was also in attendance to greet students and their parents, and personally welcome them to the university.
“Today Austin and UT come back to life because these students are what give us energy. We want to welcome them in a way that they’re not waiting in lines and don’t know where to go,” said Powers. “I like to chat with the parents and the students and it’s the day we come back to life.”
This year, UT also added a new initiative called Longhorn Welcome- a series of free events to help welcome new students. For a full schedule of events, click here.