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It's move-in day for thousands of Cal Poly freshmen

Freshman architecture student Tommy Walborn of San Diego, carrying his guitar and some clothes, prepares to move in to his dorm room on campus at Cal Poly. His dad, Dave, follows with the rest of Tommy's stuff.
Freshman architecture student Tommy Walborn of San Diego, carrying his guitar and some clothes, prepares to move in to his dorm room on campus at Cal Poly. His dad, Dave, follows with the rest of Tommy's stuff. nlucero@thetribunenews.com

Most of the 4,200 Cal Poly freshmen who will live on campus this year moved into their dorm rooms Monday, the first wave of a record 6,964 students overall who will reside in on-campus housing units, filling Cal Poly’s available space to capacity.

Last year, a total of 6,469 students lived on campus. Cal Poly expects a fall enrollment of 18,280 students.

Preston Allen, Cal Poly’s executive director of university housing, said that President Jeffrey Armstrong’s mission this year was to have as many students live on campus as possible.

Allen said statistics have shown that freshmen tend to perform better in their studies when they live on campus. All but 133 freshmen will live on campus this year.

Cal Poly is housing 1,989 students in rooms of three this fall compared with 1,632 last year. And 76 students are being housed in converted study lounges that accommodate six, but they’ll be moved into regular dorm rooms of doubles and triples if space becomes available, Allen said.

Allen said 250 new bike parking spaces have been installed next to the dorms.

Students living in Poly Canyon Village housing will move in Wednesday.

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