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Oxford students begin classes this week

Students began moving in Friday

Hiro and Carol Sakamoto organize their daughter Emily’s things into bins outside of the dorms at Oxford College on Friday morning. Parents and freshman students began moving in Friday before classes begin Wednesday. (Staff Photos: Michelle Floyd)

Hiro and Carol Sakamoto organize their daughter Emily’s things into bins outside of the dorms at Oxford College on Friday morning. Parents and freshman students began moving in Friday before classes begin Wednesday. (Staff Photos: Michelle Floyd)

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Anh Bao Tran-Le, a sophomore at Oxford and a Peer Assistance Leader this year, checks out the goodies being handed out by Oxford Baptist Church during move-in day. Church members handed out water, snacks and toiletries to students moving in the dorms.

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Mom Victoria Potts and her son Jacob, from Johns Creek, line up items from their car on the wall before hauling everything to his dorm room.

OXFORD — The small town of Oxford is getting to be a bit busier once again.

Incoming freshman students began moving in Friday, and sophomore students begin moving in today. Fall classes begin Wednesday.

“We welcome this bright and well prepared new class of Oxford students, and we look forward to seeing them learn and grow from their experience here,” said Oxford Dean Stephen Bowen.

This year, the college welcomes an entering class of approximately 500 students, who were drawn from a record number of applications at more than 6,800 this year. Approximately 30 percent of the class entered through early decision.

The first-year students come from 36 states and 21 nations, and 70 percent of the entering class come from outside of Georgia, according to the college.

Total enrollment is more than 900 students in their freshman and sophomore years. Students generally attend Oxford for two years before moving onto Emory University in Atlanta.

With incoming freshman this week, a group of nearly 30 sophomore student leaders are serving as Peer Assistance Leaders, or PALS, who assisted with move-in day and orientation, among other tasks.

“I applied to be a PAL to get more involved, meet people and have an impact on campus,” says Shiza Tajuddin, a sophomore PAL from Duluth. “A friend of mine who was a former PAL said the experience helped her to open up more and I wanted to do that this year.” This year, the PALs chose the orientation theme of “Jump right in be Ox-traordinary” to encourage freshman to get started right away with their college experience both academically and socially.

Students began orientation Friday that will continue through today. They completed a service project Monday.

Convocation will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Georgia Perimeter College began classes last week.