VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University will celebrate Move-In Day for first-year students, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, when students begin moving into their home away from home in Langdale Hall, Georgia Hall, Reade Hall, Patterson Hall, Lowndes Hall, Brown Hall, Centennial Hall and Hopper Hall.
Approximately 350 students are scheduled to arrive on campus every hour. More than 700 volunteers have registered to help, university officials said.
The move-in process will impact normal traffic around VSU’s main campus, especially along Baytree Road, Oak Street, Georgia Avenue, Patterson Street, Brookwood Drive, College Street and Williams Street.
VSU will host a family picnic with the new students and their families 5:30 p.m., followed by an evening of first-year activities. The welcoming process will continue Friday, Aug. 16, with new student convocation, 8:45 a.m. in the P.E. Complex, followed by a full afternoon and evening of academic meetings, more first-year activities, a class picture and a VSU Traditions event, university officials said.
Dr. Zduy Chu, director of the Office of Housing and Residence Life at VSU, said that an estimated 2,800 students are expected to call one of VSU’s eight residence halls home during the 2019-20 academic year.
Returning and transfer students will move in between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.
VSU has planned a series of events — known as Fall Explosion — to "engage new and returning students in purposeful extracurricular activities and help them acclimate or re-acclimate to college life," university officials said.
These events will run throughout the month of August and include VSU Day at Wild Adventures Saturday, Aug. 17, as well as shopping, a beach trip, movies, service projects, doughnuts with the president, snow cones, ice cream, karaoke, canoe battleship in the pool, mixers, a football scrimmage and The Happening.
Fall semester classes start Monday, Aug. 19.