LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Bay Path University is welcoming students back to campus on Friday for move-in day.

There was a constant flow of families dropping off their daughters at Bay Path University Friday morning. The all women’s school has had students on campus the past few years though COVID but this year there’s more people and more excitement.

“It’s been a really steady stream of students meeting their roommates, meeting their resident advisors, meeting their academic advisors, meeting their coaches… so it’s a thrilling day,” said Sandy Doran, President of Bay Path University.

Bay Path University Students are excited to begin their college experience and for over 50 percent it means being the first in their family to get a higher education. Making their families proud and beginning their time at school away from home is a significant and emotional day for the incoming freshman.

“This to me means a lot because, I’m like one of the first people in my family to go to college and so I feel like a lot of people in my family haven’t had this feeling yet. And being able to share that with other people in my family and talk to them is really important to me,” said incoming Freshman Savannary Sideri.

Classes this year begin on September 6th. This year the University will be welcoming over 160 first year students. The University is planning a variety of campus community events throughout the weekend to welcome the incoming class of 2026.

Dinah Moore, the Dean of Students at Bay Path University told 22News, “We are excited about all of the activities! We’re going to start with move-in day, we’re going to have music, we’re going to have a DJ, photobooths, just to enjoy. Lawn games for all of the students.”

Kaitlyn Howard, a Senior Residential Advisor said, “I’m really looking forward to all of the community bonding events that we have. I’m excited to meet our new first years and kind of help them get involved on campus and kind of show them the way that’s always really exciting.”

Bay Path will also host a Campus Awakening event on September 6th where students, faculty and staff
can meet and gather ahead of the school year.