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New Howard University students start college life

Sunday - 8/18/2013, 6:35am  ET

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Incoming freshmen move into Harriet Tubman Quadrangle, the female-only freshmen dorm at Howard University. (WTOP/Thomas Warren)

WASHINGTON - It can be a time to celebrate, or a time to cry. The time when soon-to-be college freshmen move out of mom and dad's house, and into their college dorms.

This weekend, Howard University's Class of 2017 was one of the first in the region to move into the residence halls ahead of the fall semester. American University students moved into their dorms Saturday as well.

Carice Lindo, 18, moved into the Harriett Tubman Quandrangle, an all-female, freshmean-only dorm.

She made the trip with her parents, from Hoschton, Ga.

"I'm just anxious," Lindo says. "I just want to get everything in, and start, like, college life, see what it's about."

Lindo is a second-generation Howard student, says her mom, Danice.

"My husband and I actually met here. We are 1991 and 1992 graduates," says Danice Lindo, who added that her three young sons will also attend Howard when they come of age.

More than 1,500 students make up the university's sesquicentennial class -- marking the school's 150th anniversary.

It took two vehicles to move Crystal Morris into the dorm from Avon, Ind. Her excitement was a bit tempered after seeing her room.

"It kinda looks small, but hopefully if we rearrange some stuff it'll be good," she says. Morris will have two roommates in the triple-style room.

"This is a lot of fun. Howard is a great place to be," says university police chief LeRoy James of move-in day.

On-campus housing will soon expand, as two more undergraduate residence halls are currently under construction.

This week, Trinity University is scheduled to open its dorms to new students Aug. 22. Move-in day for both Bowie State University and the University of Maryland is Aug. 28.

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