TEMPE, Ariz. (KSAZ)
Classes began at Arizona State University Thursday.
That's welcome news for businesses who are keeping busy, fueling the new crop of students.
ASU is not just welcoming its largest Freshman Class, but also its smartest.
"It's just been a madhouse, it's been absolutely crazy today," said Juliette Ratzken.
More than 11,000 freshmen started a new chapter in their lives at Arizona State University this fall. Classes started at all five of the university's campuses.
"It's more like a hot oven it's almost suffocating, but it's nice," said Shaye Sweet.
History major Shaye Sweet just arrived from Seattle.
"I'm from Seattle, it's far away, I needed something new, I needed a fresh start like a new canvas," said Sweet.
Nearly half of the new ASU students moved from out of state.
"My first class was awesome it was small, it was a small English class, barely 20 people in there," she said.
"The first day of class is awesome, you get to meet your teachers, meet some new friends, meet some students along the way," said Ryan Gill.
One shop in Tempe is making sure nobody goes to class hungry. D-P Dough is welcoming students with free cookies.
"The late nights we get a rush in of kids coming in after hours," said Ratzken.
The average GPA for this year's class is 3.41, their SAT average is 1126, those are the highest numbers ever for any ASU freshman class.
"College, it's different for everyone whatever type of walk you want to do, you get to experience it here," said Gill.
The first day of class may be daunting for freshmen and even seniors, but at ASU it seems like nobody is just a face in the crowd.