Oregon Unpacks the Quack for 2012

EUGENE, Ore. - Thousands of eager freshmen descended on the University of Oregon Thursday for move-in day.

They came from all around the country and the world, with their moving boxes and suitcases packed full.

According to the University, almost 3,000 freshmen moved in on Thursday, and close to 1,200 moved in on other days during the week.

"The students that are coming are incredibly excited, nervous. I mean they've been waiting for this for a long time," said Director of University Housing Michael Griffel.

But move-in day wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers.

Last year the university launched its "Unpack the Quack" event, which enlists the help of student and faculty volunteers to help freshmen and their families move into the 9 residence halls on campus.

"We've got 200 more volunteers this year," said Griffel. "Last year we started with 300, which we thought was amazing, and to get 500 is just incredible."

Volunteer and UO junior Becca Mendoza, said it's a great opportunity to help freshmen feel more comfortable as they move on campus for the first time.

"I think we do get to offer that friendly face and get to give people a good idea of what campus is like," she said.

For freshmen like Brianna Briggs, who is moving from Redding, Calif., the extra help on move-in day is a welcome sight.

"I have a lot of clothes and a small closet," she said. "I hope all my stuff fits in my dorm."

Here's a look at Oregon's new freshmen class by the numbers:

  • The total number of students living on campus: 4,156

  • The total number of students from out of state: 2,876

  • The total number of international students: 1,897

Griffel said planning move-in day takes and entire year and a lot of teamwork.

"The Department of Public Safety and the police department, the city logistics here, everyone on campus has done a really terrific job to coordinate."

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