MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) - While ECU students are still moving in to their dorms and apartments, students at several other colleges in the east have already attended their first classes.
Wednesday, Carteret Community College students kicked off their fall semester with the first day of classes.
Administrators pulled out all of the stops to welcome back their students, including welcome signs all over campus.
To really make sure the new year starts on a high note, a group of instructors for the cosmetology courses created their own welcome rap song.
The four instructors say they wanted to make sure their new and returning students know that they are there to help them in any way possible and that they want to see all of their students succeed.
"We wanted to support them and let them know we are on their side, and we wanted to bring it in a cosmetology type of style just to encourage them to keep pushing through class," says Elissia Canada, one of the rapping instructors.
Hundreds of students filled the campus taking part in some of the unique programs the school offers, like their aquaculture program, which has hands on learning with different sea creatures.
This year administrators say they are welcoming back even more students this semester. So far they have seen a nearly four percent increase in enrollment and they say that number could increase, since there is still time and room for more students to enroll.
Carteret Community College isn't the only school beginning classes this week. Beaufort County Community College started Wednesday, Lenoir Community College began Tuesday, Pitt and Craven Community Colleges start Friday.