Southeast Missouri State will go from calm and quiet to rather chaotic on Thursday as the class of 2020 moves into their dorms.
Opening week on campus started with move-in day at 6 a.m.
Students report to the Student Recreation Center, where they can pick up their room keys and begin checking into their residence hall rooms.
Many students got an early start and were excited for the new school year.
"Probably just getting into harder classes. Different classes that I’ve never taken before," said freshman Jonae Earls.
“Getting involved, and like, meeting new friends," said freshman Brianna Gude-Price.
Many of them had good reasons for picking Southeast Missouri State University as their college of choice.
“They have a really good photography program, and the major program I chose is graphic design and photography, so it’s perfect for me, and they’re the only place that has it," Earls said.
“I’m a musical theater major, so the fact that they had a whole other campus dedicated to that, like boosted my confidence on going here," Gude-Price said.
“I came here twice to do college visits, and I just thought it would be a great place to go to school," said freshman Trevor Sumpter.
About 900 upperclassman volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to welcome new students and help move their belongings into their rooms.
After students get set up in their new rooms, they are asked to attend one of two meetings – either at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. in Academic Hall Auditorium – about getting involved and living on campus. Representatives from Campus Life & Event Services, Residence Life and Chartwells Dining Services will provide information and answer questions about life at Southeast.
Along with plenty of new upgrades across the Southeast campus, students will also recognize a change in assigned restrooms.
Over the summer, school leaders switched 35 single-stalled restrooms to gender-neutral restrooms. That means all students, no matter which gender they identify with, will be free to use any restroom that is labeled.
The majority of the restrooms switched are in places where students have class.