Record number of students moving into ASU dorms

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University said a record number of students from all 50 states and more than 30 countries are moving into its residence halls this weekend.

Of the approximately 13,800 students, about 8,300 are first-year students who will live in ASU's residential colleges. Roughly 5,500 upper-class students have chosen to live on campus.

The residential college housing model places students in specific dorms based on their academic colleges. ASU said the living-learning communities not only help students succeed in the classroom but also build friendships.

"Living on campus supports student success," said Jennifer Hightower, deputy vice president of student services. "Students have a greater sense of connection and involvement with their professors and peers and benefit from a more personalized experience at the university."

Move-in launches Fall Welcome Week, a series of free activities and events for ASU students and their families.

Classes begin Aug. 21.