​New students arrived on campus last Saturday, bringing with them their hopes and dreams for the future, as well as cars piled high with clothes, computers, and other dorm-life necessities.

Several athletic teams that had arrived a week early for practice were ready to help freshmen and transfer students unload vehicles and set up their rooms. An evening picnic meal at the Larsen Commons welcomed the students and their families to campus.

Photo Gallery: Opening Days

It was a busy orientation schedule Sunday through Tuesday including service projects, devotionals, games, and information sessions. Returning students gathered back on campus on Tuesday with hugs and high-fives as they settled back into the residence halls.

Opening chapel was held on Wednesday, August 26. President Steve Eckman encouraged students to achieve their potential and make a fresh start with this school year. Chapel ended with the singing of the Alma Mater, followed by fellowship in the Campbell Center.

Festivities continued on Wednesday night with a campus block party, complete with games, selfie booth, and student D.J. Thursday night included a meal on the main square downtown and a warm welcome from the York community. Students met with local businesses to learn about what products and services are available in town.