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Students move in at Grand Canyon University

Students move in at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- Grand Canyon University will welcome a record 3,000-strong freshmen class over the next two days as the students move into their dorm rooms.

Students are hauling in in TVs, computers, luggage, clothes and more into the dorms. About 1,600 students, faculty and staff are helping the new students move all their stuff.

The unloading zone looks like a NASCAR pit stop: Parents pull up with the cars and volunteers unload everything.

Kassandra Lozoya from Phoenix was surprised to see this many people.

"It's a welcoming vibe," she said. "I feel comfortable already and that's good."

Grand Canyon University President Brian Mueller is also lending a hand.

"This is one of the reasons people are attracted to GCU," he said. "They feel like they're welcome and part of a community right from the beginning. I've been up to the fifth floor a few times now.

Classes begin Monday at GCU.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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