USM students moving into dorms ahead of classes

Posted Aug. 28, 2010, at 8:14 a.m.

GORHAM, Maine — Incoming students at the University of Southern Maine are moving into their dorms.

USM officials say nearly 500 freshmen and transfer students are moving into residence halls on Saturday at the university’s campus in Gorham.

University President Selma Bottman plans to be there to greet them and their families. Upperclassmen are moving in on Sunday morning.

In Orono, first-year University of Maine students began moving in Friday. The flagship campus is expecting 1,837 first-year students this year, according to UMaine spokesman Joe Carr. That is an increase of 2 percent over last year’s class, which numbered 1,803, a drop from 2,094 in the fall of 2008.

In all, USM this year is expecting about 925 freshmen and an equal number of transfer students this fall.

Classes begin on Monday at USM, which has campuses in Gorham and Portland.

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