Greensboro’s streets will get a little bit more crowded next week. That’s right: college students are coming back to campus.
On one hand, the return of more than 30,000 college students will definitely liven up the city, not to mention the higher ed beat. On the other, there will be a marked increase next week in minivans driving 20 mph below the speed limit and making left turns from the far-right lane. Drive carefully, friends.
UNCG students return to campus next week. The university is expecting about 2,000 more vehicles than usual to be coming into campus during the day next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The McIver Deck on the north side of campus will be closed to regular parking. (UNCG is using it for move-in.)
Unless you’re moving into one of the dorms, UNCG says you should probably avoid Tate Street. Speaking from experience, I’d tell you to be careful on West Market, Spring Garden, Aycock* and the stretch of Gate City Boulevard that runs by the Spartan Village complex.
On Monday afternoon, portions of Spring Garden Street and Glenwood Avenue, plus a bunch of campus streets, will be closed for UNCG’s annual NAV1GATE event for new students.
Here’s the UNCG student move-in schedule if you lost your copy.
At N.C. A&T, meanwhile, freshmen and transfer students will move into their dorms starting Aug. 11 — a week from Saturday, in other words. Dorms open for returning students Aug. 12.
Classes at both universities start a few days after move-in — Aug. 14 for UNCG, and Aug. 15 for A&T (and GTCC). Most of the area’s private colleges start classes the week of Aug. 20.
If you want an idea of what move-in day looks and sounds like, here’s a video I shot a year ago over at Elon.
Lastly: If you're a soon-to-be college freshman and you haven't done your summer reading assignment, here's the book you're supposed to have read.
* Update, Sunday: I added one more street to the list.