Under sunny skies, NJIT’s newest Highlanders arrived at their dorms Aug. 30 to begin their college careers. All over campus, students and their families — with the help of upperclassmen — toted suitcases and supplies, and boxes and bedding. For many if not all, the day marked an emotional milestone.

At Albert Dorman Honors College, “excited” was the day’s buzzword. Jasmin from Jersey City admitted to being “a little nervous and a little overwhelmed,” but is eager to be involved in the NJIT community. Eric from Colonia, a biology major with plans to become a dentist, is keen to meet new people and join clubs. And Byron from Hunterdon County, who is studying biomedical engineering, is enthusiastic about his independence as a college student.

Dean Louis Hamilton, new to the university, greeted students and their families as they made their way into the Honors building. “The thing that excites me the most about today and the beginning of the semester, and beginning here at NJIT, really are the students and the opportunity to work with these exceptional scholars… I’m looking forward to seeing what this group of scholars is going to do, to hear their ideas [and witness] their creativity, and get the chance to be a part of that and work with them to help them reach their goals,“ he said.

Move-in day was a busy one throughout NJIT. Here’s a look at the new and returning students who migrated to campus for the start of the fall 2017 semester.