With more than 1,000 new students set to hit campus Tuesday, Residence Life has reimagined the move-in process and modeled it after Chick-fil-A’s drive-thru system.
Jenny Butler, assistant director of Residence Life, said incoming freshmen were assigned move-in times in four time slots between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Because move-in times were based on room numbers, Butler said the halls will be less crowded and freshmen will move in at the same time as their roommate.
“We believe in the experience the students have when they can move in with their roommate,” Butler said.
Freshmen learned about the system during orientation and filled out most of their forms online in advance. On move-in day, cars full of freshmen, their families and their belongings will line up outside each freshmen residence hall. Parking directors will direct families to pull their car up to the hall where a ResLife staff member with an iPad will check in the student. Once the student checks in, the move-in crew will unload the car and the driver of the car can continue to a parking spot.
“Theoretically the cars are going to stay running,” Butler said. “They are only going to sit in park while they get unloaded and they are going to park and that’s it.”
Before this year, students had to fill out all the paperwork before moving in. The new system allows students to move in, fill out the room condition form, and then confirm other paperwork with Residence Life. Only a lack of financial settlement or a meningitis shot will prevent students from moving in immediately.
Start your engines, freshmen.