For thousands of students it was the first big step in their college careers. On Saturday, Texas Tech students were allowed to move into the residence halls.
"We prepare all summer for the students to return back to campus. We're very excited about them returning to Tech," says Sean Duggan, Director of Housing and Residence Life at Texas Tech.
It's a day Andy King has been waiting for: a chance to live on his own.
"So far, Tech has been an awesome place," says King, an incoming freshman.
King along with 5,349 other Texas Tech students are about to experience residence life, a new reason for parents to worry.
"I think they're worried that I'm going to party too much and not gonna study," says King.
"He needs to study and leave the partying alone," says Mr. King, Andy's father.
But for some like Tory Porter, a second year housing resident, this is nothing new. The reason she is living on campus again.
"My dad is making me," says Porter, a sophomore at Tech.
At Chitwood/Weymouth, it was a waiting game, taking up to an hour for students and their families just to get inside.
"We've been here about half an hour and it's our second trip, and we have about another 15 minutes to go," says Tom Ash, parent of an incoming freshman.
According to Randy Dunn, the reason for the wait. "Females," says Dunn.
Back at Stangel, it was all about color coordination in the new room for Macy and Ashlee.
"It's a lot of bright colors. We have a lot of pink, lots of pink, and different colors, too," says Macy May, an incoming freshman.
But at the end of the day, perhaps the hardest part will be saying goodbye.
"She's been my best friend for the last year. We've hung out a lot, and I'm going to miss her," says Mrs. May, Macy's mom.