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UNI freshmen move to campus

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Hundreds of University of Northern Iowa freshmen are moving to campus.

It was bumper-to-bumper traffic on Hudson Road in Cedar Falls, as parents helped students get set for their first year at UNI.

It was an emotional Wednesday on campus, as several high school graduates transition to college life.

There were packed parking lots and full hands across UNI's campus as these freshmen get ready for their first year of college.

"A lot of excitement. I'm ready to meet a lot of new people and just get out there," UNI freshman Chandler Johnson said.

"It's nerve-racking. I'm definitely kind of scared," UNI freshman Bailey Potratz said.

Potratz said the most exciting part includes living with a new person.

"I have a roommate. We've texted off and on, and I'm thinking I'm going to meet her pretty soon I think. I just hope we get along, and I really want her to like me," Potratz said.

Freshman Chandler Johnson said he's looking forward to seeing old friends while making new ones.

"It's a lot more comforting. You have a lot more of a home feel to it. You know people, but you also want to meet people. So, it's nice," Chandler said.

Even though you can touch both beds by standing in one spot, first-year students say they're looking forward to making the most out of their cramped dorm rooms.

"It's probably going to be crowded for the first couple of weeks, but we'll get it together, situated, and figured out," Chandler said.

"I'm used to small spaces, So, this is probably going to be normal for me," Bailey said.

Students will continue moving in the next few days, along with activities throughout the weekend wrapping up with a picnic Sunday.

Class starts Monday.

According to University of Northern Iowa officials, they are predicting 2,000 new students for the fall. 

The inbound freshman class looks to be the largest since fall of 2008.

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