SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a busy day on the roads in Springfield Friday, it was move-in day for first-year students at American International College (AIC), Western New England University (WNEU) and Amherst College.

American International College

Incoming freshman and new students were scheduled to arrive at AIC starting at 9:00 a.m. Friday morning. Hundreds of freshmen followed the time honored ritual.

Helping his son get squared away in his new dorm room was Jim Pereira’s of Fairhaven, “Everybody here at AIC couldn’t be nicer, enthusiastic. I’m very happy my son will be around these people.”

Returning students will arrive on campus Sunday.

Western New England University

Further East on Wilbraham Road, Western New England University will also welcome new students. More than 730 first year students arrived on campus to start their college journey.

The 215-acre suburban campus serves more than 3,700 students. Students from 39 states and 23 countries attend the university.

22News spoke to WNEU President Robert E. Johnson about why the return to campus is especially exciting this year, “It feels fantastic not just coming back after the summer, but to come back and we are not masked up, we’re not talking about the latest count of COVID or what have you. Happy days are here again at Western New England University.”

Western New England University was founded in 1919 and is a division of Northeastern College.

Amherst College

Amherst College students also move in Friday through Sunday. While, Mount Holyoke College Students will move in between Tuesday and Friday next week. Smith College students will begin Thursday, alongside the big-one, UMass Amherst.

The state’s second largest student body will return to Amherst in phases from Thursday, September 1 through Sunday, September 4. Westfield State University and Springfield College will move first-year students one week from Friday.