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Thousands move into UMass Amherst

Thousands of freshmen began descending upon the UMass Amherst campus Friday.

"I feel excited," said freshman Chris Sabo. "The dorms are really nice, everything looks really nice, campus is great. I love the campus."

"I can't wait to get up to my room to see the view, because I'm on the 21st floor," said freshman Caity Capecci.

And, with 4,600 members of the class of 2017 moving in, there was definitely a lot of excitement on campus.

"I think on a scale of one to 10, it's 25 - it's fantastic," said UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy.

The University's Executive Director of Residential Life Eddie Hull explained to CBS 3 how they are able to get so many people moved in and cut down on delays.

"We've gone to what we call a centralized check-in process in order to manage the check-in process as smoothly as possible," Hull said.

Students are assigned a specific move-in time and then there are two locations on campus where they check in.

This year there are some 540 student volunteers alongside at least 100 professional movers that make that process possible. Hull says the professionals help to speed things up at some of the busiest dorms on campus.

"They are actually doing our move-in process for all of our five towers because of the constraints we have with the elevators. These are 22 stories tall so it makes it pretty interesting," said Hull.

In total Hull says with all the help it should only take about three minutes to unload each car.

"It's been really organized, surprisingly. I'm kind of shocked that it was so smooth and effortless because there's a lot of people here," said Capecci.

And as students head into this new school year, Subbaswamy says the university is adding a new initiative to hopefully make students experiences even more enjoyable.

"We are starting a new campaign called You Matter at UMass which is really to create a much more caring community where everyone succeeds," said Subbaswamy.

In total, by Sunday, more than 13,000 on-campus residents will have arrived in Amherst.

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