MILWAUKEE — Almost 2,000 students packed up their bags and moved into dorm rooms across Marquette University on Thursday morning.
Tyler Morris moved to Wisconsin from Texas. He packed all the essentials including snacks, shoes and a couple of coats to keep him warm during the winter.
Tyler is excited to start the year at Marquette. He is majoring in psychology and chose Marquette because of the atmosphere.
"When I came here to visit, they just seemed so loving and nice, and I was like, 'This had got to be it,' " said Tyler.
The average SAT score for the incoming class was 1,225, which was the best in Marquette history. Of the students, 23% are first-generation college students, and 29% are minorities.
"When I came here to visit, they just seemed so loving and nice, and I was like, 'This had got to be it.' " — Marquette freshman Tyler Morris
Many parents felt a mixture of emotions: sad to let their kids go and proud of their accomplishments.
"I'm also sad, both of my kids are leaving, and we are empty nesters," said Suzie Sheedy.