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Students move into residence halls Thursday, Aug. 18

Classes start Aug. 22

3,000-plus on-campus students to move in Thursday.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [8/17/2011]

More than 3,000 on-campus students will begin moving into Minnesota State University, Mankato residence halls on Thursday, Aug. 18, as they prepare for Welcome Week and the start of classes Monday, Aug. 22.

More than 4,000 vehicles are expected on campus Thursday and Friday as students, parents and friends move student belongings into four residence hall communities. The university will provide faculty-staff volunteers to assist with logistics, as well as traffic-control officers to direct the flow of cars.

University faculty and staff members are being asked to temporarily avoid main access streets such as Stadium Road and Val Imm Drive, and to park in remote lots on Thursday.

There’s no scheduled move-in day for thousands of additional returning students who live in private, off-campus apartments. Most will return to Mankato this weekend.

Eighty-five percent of new Minnesota State Mankato students choose to live on campus – a number that residence life officials say reflects the academic and social advantages of being an on-campus resident.

Thursday through Sunday’s Welcome Week for new students includes dozens of events: A family barbeque, a dance and other entertainment, and workshops explaining student services and describing the 200-plus recognized student organizations on campus. A schedule of Welcome Week activities is at

The university’s enrollment figures for 2011-2012 won’t be known for several weeks, but officials expect the number to top 15,000 again this year after late registrations are counted in September. That would represent one of the biggest Minnesota State Mankato enrollments since the early 1990s (the all-time high was 16,526, in 1990).

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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