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Minnesota State Mankato Students Will Move into Residence Halls Starting Thursday, Aug. 23

"Welcome Week" activities begin. Classes start Monday, Aug. 27.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Office of Media Relations News Release [8-20-12]

Mankato, Minn. – More than 2,700 on-campus students will begin moving into Minnesota State University, Mankato residence halls on Thursday, Aug. 23, as they prepare for Welcome Week and the start of classes Monday, Aug. 27.

More than 4,000 vehicles are expected on campus Thursday and Friday as students, parents and friends move student belongings into four campus residence hall communities, including the new Margaret R. Preska Residence Community. 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 core-campus streets, 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 Thursday afternoon; a Friday “backyard bash” outside the Centennial Student Union featuring a four-story inflatable water slide; a Friday “ChoosaPalooza” where students navigate across campus in various offices for a chance to win prizes; use of the new indoor climbing wall in Myers Field House; a Saturday night hypnotist show and more.

A new student gathering at Sunday’s concluding event will feature motivational keynote speaker and 2004 Miss America Ericka Dunlap.

A full listing of Welcome Week activities is at

The university’s enrollment figures for 2012-2013 won’t be known until late registrations are counted in September.

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

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