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Posted: Friday, August 21, 2009 12:12 pm | Updated: 2:19 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

This week about 400 students moved into residence halls and student housing at Mesa’s ASU Polytechnic campus. Classes resume Monday at Arizona State University’s four campuses around the Valley. Each year, the largest university in the state adds more students to its rolls. Slideshow: Polytechnic students move in

Recent high school graduates Crystal Harris and Katherine Jones added a few new titles to their names this week: freshmen, roommates, college students.

Sun Devils.

This week, the young women joined about 400 others moving into residence halls and student housing at Mesa’s ASU Polytechnic campus.

Slideshow: Polytechnic students move in

Classes resume Monday at Arizona State University’s four campuses around the Valley. Each year, the largest university in the state adds more students to its rolls.

This year should be no exception, said Sarah Auffret, assistant director of ASU’s Media Relations department.

Though firm numbers won’t be released until after the 21st day of classes, “ASU’s enrollment overall has increased over last year,” she stated in an e-mail.

Last fall, the enrollment at the four campuses was 67,082 students, with 9,707 first-time freshmen. Undergraduates outpaced graduate students 4 to 1.

At the Mesa campus, Jones, 19, said she was most excited about the new faces around her.

“They have a lot of things planned this week to take care of us,” the recent graduate of Tempe’s Corona del Sol High School said. “They’ll keep us busy.”

Her roommate, Harris, comes from Yuma’s Cibola High School.

There were several new faces greeting the women Wednesday as they unpacked their cars. Volunteers from a campus student organization were onhand, taking bedding, toilet paper, luggage and other belongings from students’ cars to their new homes.

While talking to Harris in their joint room, a group of five young men in gold shirts marched in with Jones’ stuff.

Harris and Jones are living in one of two “residential colleges,” on campus, residence halls designated for students studying common subjects.

The first to open at the Mesa campus was the Morrison House, which began last school year. About 30 residents moved in last week. They are all part of the Morrison School of Agribusiness.

The new residential college is Tech House. About 72 freshmen are making their home there. All those students are enrolled in the College of Technology and Innovation.

Anna Wales, adviser to Morrison House, said last year was “fantastic.”

“They’re kind of all trapped with us. We always have our para-professionals, who are leaders for this group, to network, to talk, plan lunches with faculty, field trips,” Wales said.

ASU added four new undergraduate degree programs this fall: a bachelor of science degree in legal studies; a bachelor of arts degree in the arts, a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics for the life & social sciences and a general studies degree.

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