CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - About 775 ChantiCrew volunteers are helping the class of 2020 get settled into their new dorms at Coastal Carolina University this weekend.
CCU President Dr. David DeCenzo said the campus move-in is about customer service and student success.
This year, to make maneuvering around campus easier, there are more signs, staff and volunteers directing drivers to parking and dorm drop-off locations.
When cars roll up, volunteers unload and move everything up to a student's dorm room.
Drivers, mostly parents, are directed to park at outside parking areas and shuttles bring them back to their students' dorm location.
Parent, Pat Martz said volunteers taking care of the move -in process helped her spend more time with her daughter before she leaves.
"I can't believe how simple it is actually, so it's wonderful," Martz said.
There are a little more than 2,300 freshman this year and 53 new faculty members. CCU officials said there will be approximately 4,400 students living on campus.
Projected enrollment is at 10,500. CCU officials said that is up 2.8 percent from last year.
There are now 624 new beds as two new residence halls – Teal Hall and CINO Hall - opened this semester.
Coastal pride is in high gear on campus for the move-in. Activities are planned all weekend for parents and students to get acquainted with the campus.
Events on Saturday begin at 10 a.m., with a beach bash at Crown Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach, a mountain bike ride on the trails of the Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge and a movie night featuring "Central Intelligence" at the Lib Jackson Student Union.
Friday afternoon, families were invited to a reception and a traditional lawn party.