WILMINGTON--The approaching end of summer marks the beginning of another school year at UNC Wilmington.
Saturday was move in day on campus, and this year's incoming freshman class is just as diverse as their chosen fields of study.
Ashley Rogers is a junior at UNC Wilmington this year, but moving in freshman students takes her back to her first day on campus. "I was the girl with the drivable U-haul actually pulling up to Corner Stone," she said. "So, it's actually really nice to be able to get someone else's stuff, because they did it a lot for me."
More than 1,000 volunteers waited for packed vehicles to pull up, and in less than six minutes, each was unloaded and belongings were carried to the new students' rooms.
Incoming freshman Kallie Brown almost couldn't believe how quickly move in went. "It was really fast. We got here, and they just kind of swarmed in on us."
Many of this year's freshman class are coming from Wake County and Mecklenburg County, but others have traveled even further than that. Director of Housing and Student Life Brad Reid said, "Roughly 19 percent of the incoming class are out of state students."
And not only are they diverse, they're extremely intelligent. "They've upped the GPA requirement and the SAT average," Reid said of the school.
The average GPA of a student in this class is 3.99, and with such a high academic standard, parents said they're proud their kids will call UNCW home. "We're very pleased with his choice of this school," one father, Bill Allen, said of his son.
And current students like Rogers said they hope the new kids will feel just as welcomed as they do. "I hope that they see it is such a great community," Rogers said.
UNCW has students from more than 20 different countries attending this fall.