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More Students Than Ever Living On IU Bloomington Campus

Students and parents unloaded boxes and clothes from their cars to prepare for another school year.

Catrinia O’Brian’s daughter Britt is the first child to go off to college. She says the transition has, so far, been smooth.

“They’re making it easy for us, which is kind of a good thing and a bad thing all at the same time, but you know they want to get rid of us,” Catrinia O’Brian says.

Wednesday was move-in day, and the dormitories are at capacity as more students than ever are living on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus.

IU just reopened part of Briscoe Residence Center after last year’s renovations. A new apartment-style dorm that houses another 102 students opens Thursday.

IU President Michael McRobbie met with students as they moved in. He says the new additions make students more comfortable.

“Even though you’ve got two students in a small room sharing a common with two other students, the environment I think for both studying and their social life is a very attractive one,” he says.

About 11,000 students plan to live on the IU-Bloomington campus for the 2012 fall semester. IU spokesman Mark Land says 100 of those still do not have rooms. They are living in lounges.

But Land says with the number of students that decide not to live on campus at the last minute, the university should be able to easily find places for the other students within the next couple weeks.

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