Published: Aug. 21, 2013

Students return to MSU campus Sunday

Contact(s): Tom Oswald Media Communications office: (517) 432-0920 cell: (517) 281-7129, Jennifer Orlando Media Communications office: (517) 353-4355 cell: (517) 980-0076

Michigan State University’s campus returns to life Sunday and Monday when new and returning students arrive in East Lansing for the start of the 2013-14 school year.

First-year students will begin moving in at 8 a.m. Sunday, while returning students move in Monday. Classes are set to begin Wednesday.

The incoming freshman class, although a bit smaller than a year ago, represents perhaps one of the most academically talented and diverse freshman cohorts ever to enter MSU, said admissions director James Cotter.

Although a final enrollment count will not be available until late September, university officials anticipate approximately 7,800 freshmen.

Joining the new student population at MSU in the fall will be more than 1,500 transfer students arriving from both two- and four-year institutions from across the state and around the world.

Following are some notable events occurring during Fall Welcome.

  • Fill the Bus service project, Sunday through Thursday.
  • Convocation, University Welcome and One Book, One Community presentation, 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Breslin Center.
  • Fall Welcome Spartan Spectacular, 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday; Sparticipation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m.

A complete list of Fall Welcome activities can be found at

There are two on-campus construction areas that could impact student move-in: one near Butterfield Hall in the Brody Neighborhood, and the other near Landon and Yakeley halls on north campus.

For a detailed map of construction areas, visit

In addition, Kalamazoo Street, west of campus from Clippert Street to Harrison Road, remains closed until Aug. 29.

Follow along with Fall Welcome activities using the Twitter hashtag #MSUWelcome.

(Editor’s note: MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon will be on campus greeting new students Sunday. For a detailed schedule of where she will be, contact Jennifer Orlando, Communications and Brand Strategy.)


MSU President Lou Anna Simon greets a family as they move into their Holmes Hall room Aug. 25. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

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