DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The University of Dayton is bustling with first year students saying good-bye to their families and moving into their dorms.
The University of Dayton is welcoming a record 8,300 undergraduate students.
“First week is hectic. Students are trying to get familiar with the campus, trying to understand where they need to be for what class, making new friends,” said Rob Durkle, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.
Nina Santarpia from Buffalo, New York is among the more than 2,100 first-year students. With the help of her family and UD’s Camp Blue Crew, she hauled her belongings into the Marycrest dorm.
“When we pulled up they had golf carts pulling stuff out of the car. We moved the cars. We come back, and everything is in already,” said Nina’s father Sabatino Santarpia. “I had dressed ready to do it myself, but I didn’t do much of anything but park the car.”
While Nina hasn’t decided on a major, she says there was no doubt when choosing UD.
“It was on my list of colleges to visit, and once we came here, I just knew immediately that this is where I belonged,” said Nina.
Brandon Carter, from just outside Chicago, chose UD on a coin flip. After moving into Founders Hall a week ago, and now helping others move in, the freshman says he’s happy with his decision.
“The people here are really nice and respectable,” said Carter.
Officials attribute the school’s enrollment and record 91% retention rate to its academics.
“That reputation seems to spread throughout the country,” said Durkle. “Then of course having your basketball team on national television every now and then helps to get the door open for people to look at the University of Dayton.”
Others attribute its success to the community.
“Everyone’s so friendly here,” said Nina.
“UD is the best,” exclaimed Carter.
UD starts classes Wednesday.