Approximately 6,000 West Virginia University students will move onto campus Friday to begin the fall 2013 semester as part of Move-In Day.

To better manage traffic inside the residence halls and on the surrounding streets, students have been given specific time slots to check in to their respective residence halls.

Students who attended orientation on or before June 17 are asked to move into their assigned residence halls from 8-11:30 a.m. The rest of the students are asked to move in from 12:30-4 p.m.

During these times, WVU Police will direct students and their parents to an unloading zone as close as possible to the residence hall. Students will unload their belongings while the driver will stay with the vehicle.

Once unloaded, the driver will be directed to a nearby parking lot. Most will be able to park in a University parking lot, while others will be given vouchers that entitle them two hours of free parking in the city parking garages on University Avenue and Spruce Street. These passes were mailed ahead of time to students living in Dadisman, Arnold, Boreman and Stalnaker Halls and the International House.

Members of the Mountaineer Parents Club were mailed a special permit that can be used for free parking in University parking lots during Move-In Day, compliments of the Department of Transportation and Parking. However, the pass does not include the Mountainlair Parking Garage.

Residence hall room keys will be issued upon arrival and a limited number of moving carts are provided. Because there is a limited number of carts, students and their families are encouraged to bring a dolly or cart to help make their move easier.

Once the students are settled in, there are plenty of activities available on campus. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., there will be representatives in the Mountainlair Ballrooms to help with questions concerning financial aid, work study, registration, scholarships, student accounts, dining services and student employment. Campus tours are available upon request.

Lunch will be served for students who are already moved into the residence halls from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Café Evansdale, Boreman Bistro and Hatfields. Students who have a meal plan may use it at this time.

Residents will attend their first mandatory floor meeting at 5 p.m. Friday to meet their resident assistants and floor mates. Welcome Cookouts, as part of Welcome Week festivities, will be held on both campuses from 5:30-7 p.m.

On Sunday, approximately 5,000 incoming students will participate in University Welcome, a mandatory event for new students. Students will hear from WVU President Jim Clements, WVU Provost Michele Wheatly, Student Government Association President Ryan Campione, Mountaineer Mascot Jonathan Kimble and special guest speaker Sarah Soliman, a 2007 WVU graduate in biometric systems and computer engineering.

For more information on Welcome Week activities, visit: http://welcomeweek.wvu.edu/.

Students living off-campus are asked to avoid returning to campus on Friday and to avoid unnecessary trips to and from campus areas during Move-In Day. Alternate transportation, including the Mountain Line buses and PRT are available.

Traffic congestion is expected from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

Incoming students, make sure to use #WVU17 on social media to join the conversation.

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CONTACT: Corey Farris, Dean of Students
304.293.2790, Corey.Farris@mail.wvu.edu

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