Pirates prepping to return to East Carolina University campus

Pirates prepping to return to East Carolina University campus
Published: Aug. 15, 2023 at 9:13 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2023 at 8:33 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Tuesday was the optional early move-in day which means students moving in paid an additional fee or are enrolled in specific eligible programs for this head start. Even though it is optional and early, the area was packed with students and families.

Eastern Carolina University welcomes 5400 Pirates, making this one of the biggest move-ins the school has seen since 2019.

Even in the extreme heat, the move-in day for the Pirates goes on, and East Carolina University is fully prepped for this incoming crowd.

They have a variety of resources and events ready for all kinds of students, as they step into Pirate Nation.

Vice Chancellor Brandon Frye said, “Some are going to be rah-rah-rah and some are going to be ok, I’m moving away from home, so we’ll have programs both for those who are excited and want to get immediately engaged and we’re going to have programming and ways to engage for those that are maybe a little bit homesick or worried already and engage them in opportunities to build community here.”

Because move-in days usually bring out the families, parents, and grandparents helping the students feel a mix of emotions too.

“I’m excited, I’m excited. I got kind of used to her being at home too so I’m kind of you know, kind of bittersweet but I know that she’s not gonna get smart staying home with Nanny and Papa so she might as well go to school and learn something,” said Raye Maher, a grandmother of an ECU student.

Resources about moving in will be on the housing and campus living page, including moving-in tips and an appropriate attire guide.

The move-in will last until this Saturday.

Police say there are no new traffic changes or detours that will be different from the past years’ move-ins.

Heavy traffic and some delays should be expected this week near ECU’s main campus.

Roads around ECU like Charles Boulevard and Evans Street will be affected during this move-in week as well.