NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Excitement was in the air at Yale University as more than 1,300 members of the school’s freshman class, the Class of 2019, arrived in New Haven on Friday.
The new students were met with organized chaos, unloading boxes and furniture, with the Yale football team helping out with some of the heavy lifting.
“We’re helping the freshmen move in, excited to have new Bulldogs on campus. Hopefully, they feel welcome,” said Yale football captain Cole Champion.
There were pictures to be taken and hugs to be given as the newly-minted Yalies said goodbye to home life and hello to university life.
“It’s just super exciting. It’s just overwhelming with so many new people to meet. I can’t wait to get involved,” said freshman Monica Traniello, who spent the day getting to know the campus with her new roommate, Miranda Duster.
“Very jittery; I did a program a week before, so I’m kind of familiar with the campus, but everything is fresh, so I’m just excited to be here and get involved in the culture,” Duster said.
Downtown merchants, like the folks at Enson’s, a men’s clothing store and staple across the street from campus for 60 years, are also happy to see the new arrivals.
“We’ve seen a lot of kids come and go. It’s exciting, we love to see them come in, but we love it especially when the parents come in,” said Jim Civitello of Enson’s.
Yale got 30,000 applicants for the class of 2019, but only 1,364 are entering the school as freshman.