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    Rocky the Rocket mascot, left, and Blue Crew member Five Star, right, help students move into the newly renovated Parks Tower dormitory during move-in day at the University of Toledo.

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    Volunteer Clay Glas is reflected in a mirror while helping an incoming freshman move into Centennial Hall during Bowling Green State University's move-in day.

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    University of Toledo President Sharon Gaber helps students move into the newly renovated Parks Tower dormitory during move-in day at the University of Toledo on Friday.

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    UT President Sharon Gaber helps students move into the newly renovated Parks Tower dormitory during move-in day at the University of Toledo on Friday.

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    Volunteers Seth Crosby, left, and Afi-Setut A-Alkebu-Lan, right, help transport an incoming freshman's belongings into Centennial Hall during Bowling Green State University's move-in day. Aareiona Womack, center, watches.

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    Incoming freshman Austin Boeding, left, and his mother Teri Boeding, right, of Cincinnati, wait in line to move Boeding's things into his dorm room at Centennial Hall during Bowling Green State University's move-in day.

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    Rodney Rogers, Ph.D., left, Bowling Green State University's president, and Frederick 'Freddie' Falcon, the BGSU mascot, right, greet students while they wait to move into Centennial Hall during Bowling Green State University's move-in day.

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    Edwina Muir, left, and Debbie Bachner, right, put away their daughters' belongings in the girls' dorm room in Centennial Hall during Bowling Green State University's move-in day.

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    Rodney Rogers, Ph.D., left, Bowling Green State University's president, greets Taylor Emrick, an incoming freshman, while she waits in line to move into her dorm room at Centennial Hall during Bowling Green State University's move-in day on Thursday.

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As summer draws to an end, incoming college freshmen from all over the country are preparing to start the next four years of their lives.

The class of 2022 at Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo are getting a jump start with the help of their university presidents.

“From the top down and the bottom up, we’re all a part of it,” UT President Sharon Gaber said. “We want them to succeed.”

Ms. Gaber, who began her tenure as the 17th president of UT in July, 2015, has made it a tradition to help students move into their college dorms. On Friday, she helped students move into the newly renovated Parks Tower dorm that holds up to 668 students.

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History major Will Culbertso of Cleveland was excited for the fresh start.

“When I visited here, I felt the camaraderie and the homeness,” he said. “I’m from Cleveland, but it feels like home here.”

As UT students adjust into their lives, about 6,000 BGSU students, including more than 3,600 first-year students, will be moving into residence halls. Students from the class represent 31 states, 79 Ohio counties, and nearly 900 high schools.

“As you know, the city of Bowling Green transforms itself when students return to campus,” President Rodney Rogers said.

This will also be a new experience for Mr. Rogers, who is entering his first full year at the helm of the university.

“I’m a freshman like our newest students coming through the door as well,” he said.

The new president started the year off by helping incoming freshmen move into Centennial Hall on Thursday.

The incoming freshman class has the highest grade-point average in school history at 3.46, with 23 percent of the class composed of first-generation college students.

While UT was unable to provide these numbers in an effort to wait for an accurate count once school started, Ms. Gaber announced during a ceremonial raising of the UT flag Friday morning that student graduation and retention rates are the highest they’ve been in 20 years.

“I hope we continue that success,” she said. “I hope each year we continue that momentum we’re making.”

Scot Douglas of Fostoria hopes his daughter is a part of that momentum.

“I’m looking forward to her having a good experience, to her learning some good life lessons so this will prepare her for adulthood, and hopefully she’ll continue into adulthood with a better head on her shoulders and some actual knowledge of how the world works,” he said.

Taiah Douglas, who will be a marketing major this year, said she’s looking forward to meeting new people and starting her school year.

“Its exciting and it’s been a little overwhelming, but once I get everything sorted out, it’ll be fine,” she said about the moving process. “I’m excited to start living independently.”

Staff writer Javonte Anderson contributed to this report.

Contact Areeba Shah at ashah@theblade.com419-724-6066, or on Twitter @areebashah_.

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