Pirate Invasion: ECU student move-in underway - WNCT

Pirate Invasion: ECU student move-in underway

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

There's a pirate invasion happening.
     
The first day of move-ins at ECU started Thursday.

5,600 students will be moving in between now and Saturday.  It's the university's largest freshman class ever.

ECU staggered the move-in times this year. Only 5 of the 15 dorms were open today. The rest of the students will move in through the weekend.

Many thought the increased enrollment would bring more traffic on move in day and overcrowd the dorm rooms.

Even though more students were enrolled this year, John Fletcher, the Associate Provost for Enrollment says the university hasn't lowered any standards.

"Once we offer a student admission we don't know for sure that they're going to deposit and ultimately enroll until they're here. So it looks like while the average high school grade point average will be higher, the average SAT may be a little bit lower so all in all kind of a trade off if you will," said Fletcher.

There are a lot of changes going on all over campus, including construction that could affect the traffic in this area.
     
Plus, a couple months ago, it was unclear where all of those incoming freshman were going to stay. But officials say they've found a solution.

"The size of the freshman class has been challenging for us in campus living this year," said Bill McCartney, ECU Vice Chancellor of Campus Living. "Some of the efforts that we've made is we've collapsed and done away with some of our single rooms and have made them back into doubles because those were optional single rooms in the past. We've also then converted some spaces back into rooms that hadn't been in the past few years. We were also able to work with our returning students. 175 agreed to move into some leased space that we've leased in local apartment complexes."

Those returning students will also get $200 book vouchers each semester.

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