They got sweaty one day or soaked the next, but 9,100 undergraduate Terps all got settled into residence halls over the weekend in advance of today’s start of the Fall 2019 semester.
The full panorama of move-in was on display: A conga line of SUVs on Campus Drive. Mountains of clothes and gear schlepped up residence hall steps. Peppy music to help keep everyone in motion, performed by the Mighty Sound of Maryland. Nervous parents and their new students (slightly exasperated by those same parents). A soundtrack of blue language as they collaborated on IKEA shelf assembly. A few tears that trickled down cheeks. Shy introductions of new roommates. And a lot of excitement and anticipation.
Then the parents were gone and thousands of first-time Terps enjoyed an introductory weekend of activities ranging from a welcome barbecue with UMD President Wallace D. Loh to late-night rock climbing to pool parties and a pep rally.
Click through the gallery below for a look at the flurry and the fun.