MARYVILLE, Mo. — First-time freshmen and transfer students checked into Northwest Missouri State University residence halls Saturday in preparation for the start of fall semester classes on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

The university’s traditional move-in day was followed by four days of “Advantage” orientation activities and events, which included a merchant’s fair, a Greek life meet-and-greet, “University Seminar,” convocation and the traditional March to the Tower.

According to unofficial figures, this year’s freshman class is up slightly from fall 2018 and totals around 1,370 students, which compares to last year’s frosh fall count of 1,351.

Overall enrollment is expected to break the 7,000 mark, which university spokesman Mark Hornickel said represents an estimated 2.5-percent increase over last autumn’s total of approximately 6,800 students.

Official enrollment figures will be released following a formal student census set for later this fall.

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