College life at Fresno State kicks off this week when about 900 students begin moving into the University Courtyard residence halls at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, and continue through the weekend until classes begin Monday.

Some students have already checked in but most will move in this week. They will be greeted by the University’s Baggage Buddies — members of student clubs who volunteer to provide a warm welcome and help incoming students unload suitcases, bed linens, TVs and other college-living essentials.

These will be the first of a projected record enrollment of 24,500 students who begin arriving on campus next week for the 2016-2017 academic year.

About 5,500 new students (3,350 freshman and 2,150 community college transfers) have been invited to participate in the University’s New Student Convocation at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Save Mart Center.

For on-campus living, Fresno State offers traditional community-style halls (Baker, Graves and Homan) and suite-style accommodations (Aspen, Sycamore, Ponderosa, Sequoia, Birch and Cedar halls).

Several student events and activities over the coming week will invite family participation and offer residents a chance to get to know each other. Events include Thursday’s opening day barbecue from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (University officials will greet families at 5 p.m.) followed by the Bulldog Marching Band’s season premiere performance.

Parent workshops will be held Thursday in the University Dining Hall from 2 to 3 p.m. in English and 3 to 4 p.m. in Spanish.

The Color Games Opening and Dance event will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on the Atrium lawn. Students from each hall adopt a color to earn points for their hall by attending games, events and socials. The hall with the highest amount of points wins a pizza party for their hall at the end of the year.

Students with questions about moving in can call 800.555.0482 or 559.278.2345.

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