It's a busy weekend at Binghamton University. Thursday, it was all about the students. It was move in day for new students on campus. Our Melissa Kakareka was there as they got settled into their new home.
VESTAL, N.Y. -- There's some new Bearcats at Binghamton University and they're looking forward to the next few years on campus.
"I'm really excited. It's a chance to start over, really. I mean, I liked high school, but it's a chance to meet all different people and have all different experiences," said freshman Austin Ferrier.
"I came from a community college, so this is a big experience for me and the campus is enormous. So I'm excited to have a whole different curriculum and a class with like 260 people in it," said transfer student Gracie Owens.
A total of 2,600 freshmen join the campus this year, plus 1,100 transfer students, over 1,000 new graduate students and hundreds of international students.
Boxes, bags and suitcases were carried into dorm rooms Thursday as many new students moved in.
"The unloading part is going really well. Students are unpacking cars and moving into dorm rooms. The hard part isn't getting stuff in, the hard part is saying goodbye to parents," said BU President Harvey Stenger.
Returning students were also given the option to move in Thursday after 3 p.m. because of President Barack Obama's visit Friday. Upperclassmen will return throughout the weekend, but were advised not to move in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday.
Stenger said, "We want them to get here safely and be happy and not have to worry about tomorrow unless they have to."
While the first weekend is always an exciting time for students and staff, the buzz over President Obama's visit makes it a very special weekend at BU.
"Unfortunately, I didn't get picked in the lottery, but I'll be watching the live stream. It's really cool that he's coming to our school," said freshman Frank Schreffler.
"I think it's probably a topic of conversation parents and kids had driving here today," said Stenger.
After the President's visit and orientation activities, classes will begin for all 16,000 BU students Monday.