Marquette University welcomes students during move-in day

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- It's Marquette University student move-in day Wednesday, Aug. 24. It was an emotional and exciting day for families as they dropped their college students off to their new homes. 

For some students, Marquette is not far from home and for others it's an international journey. 

Marquette had students on hand to welcome the incoming students and make them, and their parents, feel welcome.

"For these families it only happens one time and so we want to make sure as much as possible we get the process right. We get the welcome right. Our hospitality is something that is very core to who we are as a Jesuit Catholic institution so we want our families to feel that," said Dr. Xavier Cole, vice president of student affairs. "The way we design for them to be here. The way we welcome them into the community with lots of joy and focusing on the person. That's what helps them know they've made the right choice with us."

A total of 3,200 students moved in to nine resident halls across the Marquette campus. With 1,990 new students, it's Marquette's largest freshman class in five years. 

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