YPSILANTI, Mich. -

A lot of heavy lifting is happening at Eastern Michigan. For freshman it's the most exciting time of their lives, living away from home for the first time.

Moving her daughter in comes with a few tears for the mother of a freshman at Eastern Michigan who plans to major in occupational therapy.

"Probably cry but I will still be excited for her," said parent Maryanne Chevraux.

Fred Martinez has all the essentials for his dorm room.

"I brought a microwave and a mini fridge and clothes of course," he said.

The university is welcoming its largest freshmen class ever; 2,877 freshmen students.

The previous all-time record of 2,854 freshmen was set in 1999.

University President Dr. Susan Martin welcomed students to campus, "This is a fantastic day for Eastern. So many of our faculty and staff to get the word out that this is the place to be to get a great college education," she said.

Samiiya Amica comes to Eastern from Detroit. She has a full-ride scholarship and has dreams of becoming a pediatrician.

"I'm glad to be my own. I am kind of nervous at the same time but I know my mom prepared me enough. I'm really excited to start my career and have new experiences," she said.

Students will have a few days to adjust to living on campus before classes start.