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Indiana University of Pennsylvania will welcome the majority of new, transfer and continuing students to the residence halls for the fall semester Thursday through Sunday.

The first day of classes for the fall semester is Aug. 26.

Move-in at the university officially began Aug. 11 with student-athletes, resident assistants, members of the marching band and orientation leaders returning to campus earlier this month.

Some 200 students in the College Undergraduate Success Program (CUSP) early entrance experience moved in last weekend. Sponsored by the Department of Developmental Studies, CUSP gives first-year students an introduction to college and a head start on the adjustment process.

About 80 international students will move into the residence halls today. Two days of welcome events and orientation are scheduled for these students, including a tour of the Indiana community. Each year, IUP hosts nearly 800 students from nearly 60 countries.

On Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon, students will move into Susan S. Delaney Hall, MG Rodney D. Ruddock Hall and Whitmyre Hall. From noon to 4 p.m. that day, students will move in to Donna D. Putt Hall and the Suites on Maple East.

On Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., students will move in to Northern Suites, Wallwork and Maple East.

Remaining new and transfer students will move into Wallwork Hall, Andrew W. Stephenson Hall, Northern Suites, Suites on Pratt and Ruddock Hall. Returning students will move into their residence halls on Sunday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Students have been given staggered arrival times, indicated on dashboard tags, so that move-in activity is spread throughout each day. As in past years, arriving students and their families are directed to a staging area in the Miller Stadium parking lot and will be released from there to the appropriate building.

Roughly 200 volunteers, including members of student organizations, will assist as movers. IUP police officers, faculty members and student workers from a variety of offices are active throughout move-in days to help make students feel welcome.

In addition, some 100 resident assistants, graduate and professional residence hall staff members will work inside the residence halls to greet and assist students and family members. Professionals from the Office of Public Safety, the Center for Student Life and the Office of Housing, Residential Living and Dining begin developing move-in day procedures, signs, work schedules and publications during the spring semester of the previous year, according to Valerie Baroni, director of housing and dining.