Move-in day can be an exhausting and emotional trek, and administrators will get in on the act at North Carolina Central University.
Last year, new Chancellor Charlie Nelms helped students carry their belongings, and he plans to break a sweat again this year.
NCCU, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University all have move-in days packed in to the next week.
One thing that might make the transition a little easier is lower-than-usual tuition hikes for students in the UNC system.
This year's average is a little more than 1 percent for the 16 campuses statewide. However, fees for other services will go up an average of 4.5 percent.
Tuition hikes for the past few years have stirred complaints from students – sometimes putting administrators who come out for move-in day on the defensive.
N.C. State students begin moving in Friday, and Carolina students can move in Saturday. At Duke, the next two weeks will include orientation activities for new students.