HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of students began their college careers at Southern Miss Friday.
More than 1,000 freshmen checked into various residence halls as part of move-in weekend on the Hattiesburg campus.
Most of those new students, aided by hundreds of student volunteers, checked into Century Park North residence hall. Students also moved into Wilbur, Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Hickman halls.
"I'm really excited," said freshman Leighton Roland of Sumrall.
"It's made the move-in much easier, having all these students on campus helping us, we're very blessed to have them," said Heather Roland, Leighton's mother.
Some of the freshmen were met by USM President Dr. Rodney Bennett, who offered them some good advice.
"I'm encouraging them to go to class and to be serious academic students, that we need them to be retained, we need for them to progress from year one to year two and ultimately, to graduate," Bennett said.
Saturday, more students will move into the "Quad" and others halls.
Classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 21.