The University of Oklahoma campus and surrounding area is about to get a lot busier, with the first students for the school year moving in this week.
OU Move-In starts on Wednesday, Aug. 7, though the majority of students won't move in until next week. The university has provided move-in instructions for students and their families coming to Norman before classes begin on Aug. 19.
Wednesday is reserved for Panhellenic move-in, students who are part of a fraternity or sorority. On Aug. 14, students who will be living in David L. Boren Hall, Dunham and Headington residential colleges, and any students living in Cross Village can move in.
Then on Thursday, Aug. 15, students who will be living in Adams, Couch and Walker resident halls will move in.
All students moving in will first go to Lloyd Noble Center, according to move-in instructions provided by OU Housing and Food Services. Students are asked to enter Lloyd Noble at the corner of Jenkins and GT Blankenship.
At the drive-through check-in, students will receive a tag for vehicles being used for move-in. Volunteers and staff will guide drivers to where they need to be.
Housing and Food Services mandates that each student can drive through once to move belongings into dorm rooms, and there is a limit of two vehicles per student. Only vehicles being used in the move-in process can drive through campus to the residence hall locations.
Each student will also receive a time slot for move-in via campus email. Housing and Food Services mandates that move-in must be done during the provided time slot.
Students and families are discouraged from arriving earlier than scheduled to get a head start.
From early in the morning to mid-afternoon Thursday -- and some of Wednesday -- families will be filing in from Highway 9, Lindsey and Boyd streets and all other directions, so commuters will want to think twice if they travel on or around certain roads.
Jenkins Avenue between 4th Street and Lindsey Street will have higher traffic volume on Wednesday, and Jenkins between Highway 9 and Imhoff Road will be particularly busy on Thursday.
Sooner Convocation is traditionally held on the last day of move-in, which would be Aug. 15. No official announcement of convocation -- at which Interim President Joe Harroz would speak -- has been made by OU yet.