More than 3,600 Northern Illinois University students are expected to move into campus housing on Friday.
Most of them will be coming into DeKalb between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday -- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. being the busiest point in the day.
“It’s kind of the – it’s literally the kick-off for the school year,” NIU spokesman Joe King said. “I like to say it’s like the start of the baseball season – everybody’s undefeated when they come to campus on move-in day. So it’s one of the best days of the year.”
King says more than 1,000 volunteers will be helping out as well, which is a couple hundred more than last year.
“We pride ourselves in the fact that, year after year, we have families that pull up and they’ll say, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve moved kids into universities all across the Midwest and I’ve never seen anything like this,’ because they kind of get overrun by people who are there and happy to help and get them unloaded and get their things into the dorm,” King said.
King says all roads and parking lots on the west side of campus will be closed to others until 4 p.m. that day. He says police will direct move-in traffic from the Annie Glidden Road I-88 exit to head west on Fairview Road, north on Nelson Road and east on Lincoln Highway.
King also reminds area residents that it might be a good idea to get their shopping done before NIU’s Move-In Day.