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Construction could slow move-in weekend at UConn's Storrs campus

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Tears might be shed on Friday by parents of first year students at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus.

Freshmen started moving in at 7 a.m.

Upperclassmen and transfer students will filter in throughout the weekend.

"It's definitely a big change, but I'm ready for it!" said Samantha Phillips, a UConn freshman. "I'm excited."

Samantha Phillips told Eyewitness News that she moved in on Friday and is ready to go. She said goodbye to her parents before they headed back to Massachusetts.

"She's not too far away, so we can always come down for lunch if we get invited for lunch," said Christine Phillips, Samantha Phillips' mother.

Those moving in may find it more challenging due to construction on the Storrs campus, according to the university.

The campus entrance on Route 195 is closed and there is one-way traffic on part of the road there.

University officials reminded drivers not to use GPS to navigate the roads, as they will not reflect the traffic patterns and detours in place. Campus police also urged pedestrians and drivers to be cautious in the area.

The construction is part of a multi-year project to replace pipes and other underground infrastructure.

"Traffic will definitely be crazy, trying to get in and out of places, almost impossible, but they do a pretty good job to make it as efficient as possible," said Paige Holden, a junior.

The school said it welcomes 5,230 freshman across all of its campuses. About 3,700 are in Storrs.

It's a smaller class than the year before, but the school said it was by design because of state budget restraints.

There will also be a little more than 1,000 transfer students across all campuses.

Matthew Spadola is one of them.

"This is going to help me out a lot! I'm not really sure where I'm going, but I'll figure it out," Spadola said.

Monday, nearly 24,000 undergraduates will start classes, with more than 19,000 based in Storrs.

“We’re proud to welcome such an extraordinary group of students to our campuses,” said UConn President Susan Herbst. “The UConn class of 2021 is defined by their exceptional talent, ambition, and diversity. Our combination of academic strength and economic value continues to make UConn a top choice for outstanding students from throughout the state, nation, and world."

UConn said about 73 percent of the incoming freshman class are Connecticut natives, which is the highest number in recent years.

Parents helped their children move in and gave advice on having fun and getting out of their comfort zone.

For returning students, they said they're excited for another great year.

"I don't think I've been as excited ever to come back," Holden said. "Every year I get more and more excited to come back!"

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