Record-breaking class moves into university

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Friday was "move-in" day for many colleges across Kentucky!
A record-breaking class moved in at the University of Pikeville.

Becky Davenport and her three roommates are moving in and putting together their dorm suite at the University of Pikeville. "It definitely feels like a family here," Davenport says.

She is part of the school's first year as University of Pikeville.
"There's a lot of cool things happening on campus. I'm excited to see how it's going to grow," she says.

Officials say the number of students at the school has doubled from just two years ago. Enrollment is now at 1,800 students. "I think we've done a better job of selling ourselves. I think people are realizing at the University of Pikeville, we have an outstanding small school where we can give students a personal experience and a high quality education," said University President Paul Patton.

Students are from 38 different states. Shane Burrell came from Los Angeles, California to play basketball. "It's different, but I'm enjoying it," he said.

The campus underwent changes to handle the crowd. They hired new instructors, added classes, and renovated dorms like Spilman to have enough housing.

Davenport said, "I'm really excited to see new people on campus. I think some cool things are going to happen just with the new ideas and new people just trying to do new things."

Classes start on Monday.

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