Fall 2019 jumps into gear as more than 16,000 students move into residence halls
With move-in day, Arizona State University fills with laughter and excitement as new students flood ASU's campuses, unloading belongings, meeting new roommates and laying out fresh, new bedspreads, eager to start college life. This fall, more than 16,000 new and returning students moved into ASU residence halls across the four ASU campus locations on Aug. 16-18.
Current Sun Devils volunteer each year to help new students make ASU home. They fill the campuses with music and loud cheers, unloading and delivering belongings to residence-hall rooms in under 30 minutes.
What are students bringing? Bedding, decorations, mini fridges and, of course, clothes that are perfect for an Instagram-worthy shot on Palm Walk. And ASU’s assisted move-in team is waiting to greet students and make their move-in a memorable (and easy) experience.
ASU’s residential housing model helps students succeed by housing students together based on academic major. Whether students are pursuing degrees in engineering, journalism, science, music or business, it all begins the day they move onto campus.
“Living on campus presents students with many great opportunities,” said Cassandra Aska, assistant vice president and Tempe campus dean of students. “Living with peers who are in the same classes as you and have similar academic interests helps build a community based on commonalities.”
The collaborative living spaces — including multi-use rooms that can be used for study-group space, workshops and events — allow students to live, study, learn and create a network of friends.
Aska added that living on campus allows students an opportunity to be part of a close-knit community while enjoying the academic, social and cultural resources of a large university.
Students are immediately immersed in a supportive environment led by community assistants — ASU third- and fourth-year students who live at the residential hall and serve as peer mentors.
It's move-in day for the Arcadia residential community on the Tempe campus on Saturday. Arcadia halls house students enrolled in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Emma Davis asks for some help from her father, DeJuan Davis, as he assembles some shelves in a room in Best Hall, part of the Arcadia residential community. Emma's sister, Mya Davis, in the background, is a freshman in graphic design.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Dorothy and Steven Pace, of Phoenix, help their daughter, Sofia, with putting a duvet cover on the comforter as the music therapy freshman moved into Best Hall on Saturday.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Graphic design freshman Mya Davis hangs up her clothes as her younger sister, Emma, assembles a cosmetic organizer in her room in Best Hall.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Digital culture sophomore Rebecca Gordon (left) gets help from her mother, Peggy Gordon, as they move her belongings to Irish Hall on Saturday.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Digital culture sophomore Rebecca Gordon makes her bed as she moves into Irish Hall on Saturday.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
John Anthony Yap, a staff member of University Housing, looks for the residential hall documents for a new student in Wells Fargo Arena on the Tempe campus on Saturday. Students pick up their room keys at the basketball arena and learn about different campus services through various displays.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Welcome panels lead to the Polytechnic campus bookstore entrance during move-in weekend.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
New students and assistants with the Sparky Welcome Team start moving students into Century Hall on the Polytechnic campus on Saturday.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Jill Doherty helps her son, Brandon Doherty, get settled in his Century Hall room on the Polytechnic campus. Brandon is a freshman in the professional flight aviation program.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Robotics engineering freshman Litzi Matancillas (center) walks toward Century Hall with her mother, Sandra Villalobos, and brother Juan Matancillas, a high school senior.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Student union helper Vincent Sayarath, a junior in applied biological sciences, wheels a cart filled with a new student's supplies into Century Hall on the Polytechnic campus. The crew of hundreds of helpers across ASU's campuses help unload belongings and bring them to rooms in an effort to make the experience run as smoothly as possible.Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Freshmen move into Taylor Place on the Downtown Phoenix campus with the help of their families, ASU student helpers and staff on Friday.Photo by Lynn French/ASU
Exploratory health and life sciences freshman Nicco Iannetto unloads with the help of ASU staff and students as he moves into Taylor Place on the Downtown Phoenix campus.Photo by Lynn French/ASU
Nursing freshman Fremina Purackal squeals with joy at the sight of her belongings being moved into her new home at Taylor Place.Photo by Lynn French/ASU
Freshmen move into Taylor Place on the Downtown Phoenix campus with the help of the move-in crew of volunteers.Photo by Lynn French/ASU
Criminology freshman Makoa Gorospe moves his belongings into his new home at Taylor Place on Friday.Photo by Lynn French/ASU
Criminal justice major Nicole Branklin and her mother, Lisa Branklin, along with students from Sparky’s Welcome Team unload her belongings for her move into Casa del Oro on the West campus on Saturday.Photo by Sarah Horvath/ASU
Students (from left) Cali Nguyan, Leilani Visccina, Jewelanna Murphey, Maria Sotelo and Spencer Pellegrini, part of the Solera Experience at ASU West and members of Sparky’s Welcome Team, welcome new ASU West students and parents during move-in.Photo by Sarah Horvath/ASU
Forks up from community assistants Jeremiah Gueste and Nicky Critobal as they hand out room keys during move-in weekend at the ASU West campus.Photo by Sarah Horvath/ASU
Members of Sparky’s Welcome Team Haylee Thiel and Sun Devil pup Aspen wait to greet the next wave of students moving into Casa del Oro on the ASU West campus.Photo by Sarah Horvath/ASU
Forensic psychology major Kylie Sweeney and her dad, Glen, take a break from unpacking to show their ASU pride.Photo by Sarah Horvath/ASU
“Our community assistants are prepared to foster community on the floor throughout the residential hall, as well as on campus and in the community,” Aska said. “Whether students need a specific resource, just want ideas to explore options, or need some sound upperclassman advice, the CAs are accessible and available to support.”
Amanda Andalis is a political science and communication major in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is one of the community assistants at Manzanita Hall on the Tempe campus. She says moving away from home can be fun, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. She dropped a few helpful tips for new Sun Devils.
- Start creating a routine for yourself as soon as possible: Having a consistent bedtime and time to wake up will help immensely in developing healthy habits.
- Look at your schedule: Deciding a few times that you’re going to be free to study is a great way to ensure that academics are a priority.
She said that although it might seem obvious, she wishes she had known that it takes time to make friends and form connections at college. Be patient and don’t rush the process of building a community.
“Because of my experience as a first-year student, I connect my residents and other first-year students with opportunities to be engaged on campus,” Andalis said. “I let first-year students know about Welcome Week events, ASU athletic games, and clubs and organizations, activities that help students form a community and make connections at the university.”
Students and their families found plenty of volunteers on all the ASU campus locations wearing “Ask Me” buttons, guiding people on where to go and what they can explore next. As the weekend came to a close, students placed the last decorative pillow on the bed, the last inspirational art on the wall and hugged Mom and Dad goodbye.
Before they set off to explore the ASU campus this week, Aska has welcoming advice: “Give yourself permission to learn and discover all that ASU has to offer as you pursue your best self.”
So what’s next? Welcome Week — the week to make new friends, take part and learn ASU traditions and get in the right mindset for the first day of classes on Aug. 22.
“One of my favorite events during Welcome Week is Sun Devil Welcome,” Andalis said. “Being surrounded by the entire freshman class, learning the fight song, cheering and dancing is such a fun and unforgettable experience.”
ASU kicks off the beginning of the school year with more than 300 free events that give new and returning students a chance to explore everything ASU has to offer, make new friends, join student organizations and learn what it means to be a Sun Devil.
Video by Laura Sposato/ASU
Don’t miss out on the must-attend signature events:
Sparky’s Day of Service
Sun Devils have a huge impact on the local community and making a positive change in the world is what being a Sun Devil is all about. Each year ASU demonstrates this commitment to service through large-scale events. Join this universitywide initiative to participate, volunteer and make a change.
Monday, Aug. 19 | Time by campus varies
Sun Devil Welcome
Experience Sun Devil pride at its finest. This is a high-energy, exciting event to introduce the class of 2023 to what it means to be a Sun Devil. This annual event is the perfect way to officially welcome all of our new Sun Devils to ASU.
Tuesday, Aug. 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Tempe campus, Wells Fargo Arena
Celebrate the diversity that students bring to the ASU community. Enjoy performances, activities and food from a variety of cultures.
Tuesday, Aug. 20 | 5-7 p.m. | Tempe campus, Sun Devil Stadium
Passport to ASU
Passport is an opportunity to meet the hundreds of student organizations on the Tempe campus. Check out what students are doing, enjoy free food and fun giveaways and sign up for a club.
Wednesday, Aug. 21 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Tempe campus, Student Pavilion/Sun Devil Fitness Complex
A Golden Tradition
This ASU West tradition welcomes all new students to the West campus. Start on the right foot and take a walk with other new students through the Paley Gates for the first time. Walking through the Paley Gates signifies the start of your Sun Devil experience.
Monday, Aug. 19 | 6-6:45 p.m. | West campus, La Sala Ballrooms
Echo From the Buttes
This is one of the longest traditions at ASU. Students have been giving the “A” on "A" Mountain a fresh coat of white paint for the fall semester since the 1930s, a ritual that marks the start of the new year and a fresh start.
Saturday, Aug. 24 | 8 a.m. | Hayden Butte (“A” Mountain)
The signature event at the Downtown Phoenix campus is a must-attend event with carnival-themed games and giveaways.
Friday, Aug. 23 | 5-8 p.m. | Downtown Phoenix campus, Civic Space Park
Explore all the Welcome Week activities at ASU Welcome Events, and share your photos, videos and the excitement using #ASUWelcome on social media.
Top photo: Seventeen-year-old Kaila Munguia (left) and her mother, Nekedra Fulce, help Alexus Munguia (right) make Alexus' bed in her new room at Century Hall on the Polytechnic campus on Saturday. Alexus is a freshman in pre-vet medicine and wants to work with all animals, large and small. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now