STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -
It's back to school time for college students. New students moved in to their dorms at UW-Stevens Point Thursday.
University leaders say more than 1,600 students moved in to campus. Eight dorms house these new students on campus.
Leaders say move in is not only a time the students enjoy, but the entire school is buzzing with excitement.
"Each year it's the excitement of starting the school year, people coming to school, getting ready for four years of academics here at UWSP,” said Al Thompson, the vice chancellor of student affairs. “But the most important part of it is really retaining and keeping students happy."
For one incoming freshman, move in also means being away from home.
"We are unpacking getting it all in the dorm room, hopefully it'll fit," said Alicia Bachmann of Rhinelander.
Bachmann has been waiting for this day all summer.
"Well my roommate and I are friends, so her family is helping me out,” said Bachmann. “Otherwise it's just my family here."
It's the first time the graphic design major will be away from her Rhinelander home.
"I'm feeling pretty good, it is a big change though,” said Bachmann. “So I'm a little nervous, but I think it'll all work out fine."
She's also the first of her four siblings to go away to college. She says her parents seem to be handling it well for now.
"They're okay, but they'll probably break down in a little while,” said Bachmann. “Hopefully not."
Her mother is trying to stay strong.
"Oh I'm excited for her, sad that she's leaving home,” said Julie Bachmann, Alicia's mother.
She says getting ready for the move to UW-Stevens Point was quite a process.
"Trying to fit it all in one vehicle to get down here," said Julie Bachmann.
But Alicia says it's the price to pay for the college experience.
"I'm looking forward to meeting new people, trying new things, and just a little change," said Alicia Bachmann.
But it's a big change for her family.
"I'll miss them a little bit it will hit me later,” said Bachmann. “I think I'll get homesick."
But not before she starts to enjoy the next chapter in her life.
"Right now I'm just excited," said Bachmann.
Returning students move in to the university on Sunday. The first day of classes is Tuesday.