Although the first day of classes isn't until Thursday, Sept. 5, the residence halls open Sunday, bringing about 2,300 students — along with accompanying parents and family members — to campus.
Move-in Day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be coordinated by about 250 University Housing staff and 450 student-athletes hired to help students and their parents move belongings from curbside into the halls.
More than 5,000 vehicles and more than 14,000 people are expected to arrive Sunday in Menomonie, according to Martin Fritz, University Housing. Sections of several streets in and around north and south campus will be closed or restricted, and some parking areas will be closed.
From 650 to 700 students, mostly fall-sport athletes and students who are employed on campus, previously moved into residence halls.
Students and families will spend approximately $250,000 at Menomonie businesses Sunday. Family members of freshmen are invited to 30-minute informational sessions at the halls after their students have moved in.
New student orientation also will begin Sunday. The Blue Rah pep rally and evening social is from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Williams Stadium, followed by comedian Ronnie Jordan from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Various student orientation activities are planned Monday, Sept. 3, which is Labor Day, and Tuesday, Sept. 4.
The academic year at UW-Stout officially began Monday, Aug. 26, as faculty returned for the start of the contractual year. Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen's opening address was at 8:45 a.m., followed by faculty and staff engagement sessions until 11:15 a.m.