Residential Life is again using a centralized check-in system that employs reservation times for arriving students moving into campus housing, according to Sarah Rastallis, Residence Hall Services manager.
The reservation system is a key component of move-in because it staggers arrivals to campus making traffic more manageable on campus and in the community, she said.
To assist arriving students and their families, she said, Residential Life has 700 student volunteers, known as Minute Movers, arriving early to assist with moving belongings into the halls and serving as campus ambassadors.
Faculty and staff volunteers are also welcome, said Rastallis, and slots are available at both the East and South Check-in stations from Friday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 31. Volunteers will pair with Residential Life staff members to greet cars, relay important information and getting students their room keys. Others may be used to help to manage traffic.
“Now that we are the third largest on campus housing facility in the country, it is imperative that we continue performing, for our fourth year, a centralized check-in that focuses on a smooth move-in and transition to college for our students and their families on their first day with us on campus,” said Rastallis.
This fall, the campus will house 13,396 students, according to Rastallis.
Campus employees can review all impacted traffic routes and parking lots online at www.housing.umass.edu/move-in/