Back to School: UCCS welcomes more than 1,100 incoming freshmen

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - It’s move-in day!

Students, parents and faculty members filled the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs campus Tuesday as incoming freshmen started to move into the residence halls.

Chancellor Venkat Reddy said it’s nice to have the campus full of life again.

“I call it the most exciting day, when the move in happens,” he said. “We look forward to the students who are coming eagerly, excited.”

The university expects more than 1,100 freshmen to live in residence halls this school year, which means a lot of traffic on move-in day.

“It’s emotional. It’s happy, sad, scared, nervous, excited, grateful, nervous,” said Becky Love Lytle with a laugh.

She was helping move her son into the residence halls with her family.

“No tears yet,” Love Lytle said. “That was this morning. We’re doing OK right now.”

The chancellor said the university is prepared for nervous parents.

“I want to tell the parents that they’re in safe hands,” Reddy said, referring to the new students. “We have great faculty and staff who are eagerly waiting to help these students succeed.”

He said the new students come from all over Colorado, as well as out of state.

Thirteen-year-old Kennedi Britton was helping move her big sister in.

“We’ve been together for my whole life, so it’s kind of sad seeing her gone,” Kennedi said.

The university might have another Mountain Lion on its hands. Kennedi said she’s already considering following her sister to UCCS.

“I think it’s really cool, and I’m glad she’s going to the school,” Kennedi said.

UCCS classes are scheduled to start on Monday.