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Nearly 6,400 students move in at UNL

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By: Kayla Bremer

Excited freshman and their families make the trip back and forth from the car to their new dorms.

It's the first day students can make the move into university housing at UNL and many got a head start early in the morning to beat the rush.

"I'd much rather get it out of the way right away and enjoy the weekend," Scott Bierle said.

Bierle is a junior engineering major who's making the move all by himself.  He says he's the youngest of five kids and it's the third time he's lived on campus so he knows the drill.

"Once you kind of accept the fate that it will take a while, it's not too bad."

Nearly 6,400 students will be living on campus this semester.  That's 400 more than last year.  UNL Housing officials say so many students want to live on campus, they had to reopen two dorms they were planning on shutting down.

Also, to make room for more, one brand new dorm called University Suites just opened and another is under construction.

"It's a great experience," Lynne Herr, mother of a freshman student said.  "I have to say though, both of us are thinking that this is like living in a hotel relative to the dorms we had when we were in college, it's beautiful."

Parents had mixed emotions about watching their kids head off to college.

"Mostly excitement because of seeing how excited they are but yet it's sad," Herr added.  "When you're a mom and they're leaving, it's sad."

"I'll miss him quite a bit but then again, he can't stay young forever," Matt Cavanaugh, a father said.

But the students couldn't unpack their cars and get into the dorms quick enough.

"Bigger city, something new I guess and independence," Drew Cavanaugh said.

Students will be moving in Thursday through Sunday so traffic downtown may be a little backed up.

If you are a student or have a student moving in, you can download the UNL Move In Guidebook App on your Android or iPhone for some tips.

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