WKU students back for first day of classes

Students walk to and from class during the first day of the Fall 2011 semester. A total of 4,657 course sections will be taught this fall, said University Registrar Frida Eggleton

Joanna Williams

Monday marked the first official day of classes at WKU, and students came back ready to climb the Hill for the first time.

A total of 4,657 course sections will be taught this fall while 1,395 instructors will be teaching, said University Registrar Frida Eggleton. 

Student enrollment figures could not be determined at the time since late registration will continue through Sept. 6, Eggleton said.

Tents sponsored by the Office of Admissions and Academic Transitions Program have been set up throughout campus with volunteers handing out water, directions and flyers.

Derick Strode, a staff member in the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Sciences, sat at a tent between the Wetherby Administration Building and the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center. 

“It’s just a really nice welcome back gesture,” he said. 

Strode said that traffic to the tent had been high with students asking for directions and water. 

He said the tents will continue to be on campus Tuesday.

Evansville freshman Lacey McCallister said around 2 p.m. that she had completed two out of her three classes for the day, and they were all going well.

She admitted to being nervous on her first day of college but considered the transition to be fairly smooth.

“It’s good,” McCallister said. “It’s just a lot of walking up and down the Hill.”