More students than ever enrolled at ASU

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TEMPE - Arizona State University students are back walking the campus and it is even more packed this year with students than last.

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More students than ever at ASU - azfamily.com's Ryan O'Donnell reports there are more freshman and returning students ever this year at Arizona State University.

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3TV investigates if students are getting lost in such a big school. This year there are more freshman than ever before at ASU.

It is one of the largest schools in the nation but the freshman 3TV talked to on Monday say they chose ASU because of that.

Whether you are skating, riding or walking, the numerous campus connecting paths are once again jam packed with chattering ASU students.

Dijana Vecarvic, a freshman, says, "I've never walked with so many people, I've never met so many people in one day, I can't even fit people in my address book anymore."

Vecarvic is from Chicago. There are tons of small Midwestern but she chose not just a big one, but one of the top 10 largest universities in the nation, ASU. She says, "I love being surrounded by a lot of people and, socially, I have a good life, I just love people."

It is expected that the university will hit 69,000 students this year surpassing last year's record of 67,000.

Lindsay Consalvos and Melissa D'ruiz are both freshman from Arizona and are roommates. Both say they do not mind being a little Sundevil in a massive school.

Lindsay Consalvos admits, "I thought it would be overwhelming, but we went to a really big high school and just walking out of our dorm, we see so many kids from our high school here. I was just telling my roommate it feels like my high school just plus some.

D'ruiz adds, "I went up to NAU and too small for me, I like having different areas, different groups of people to go to."

More high schoolers are making the college cut. That is the biggest reason ASU continues to break enrollment records. ASU is also expected to have more than 80% of last year's freshman are returning as sophomores.

All students create an ASU size job in keeping students from feeling overwhelmed.

Art Blakemore, ASU senior vice provost tells 3TV, "The colleges that they're in, Cronkite, business, all those spend a great deal of effort on the students making the environment smaller."

Despite ASU having all the students Blakemore says as long as they register for classes on time, there should be no reason they cannot get the classes they need in order to graduate in four years.

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