It’s back-to-school time at Maine’s colleges and universities.

The University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus came alive Saturday as freshmen and transfer students moved into the dorms.

Some 1,194 students are taking up residence at the dorms Saturday and Sunday at the university, which projects its enrollment will reach about 8,300 students in degree programs this year.

USM spokesman Robert Caswell described move-in day as “controlled chaos.”

Photos by Gordon Chibroski Staff Photographer


Welcome bags are lined up for incoming students Saturday as they check in with resident assistants before moving their belongings into Robie Andrews Hall on the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine.


Zach Steinhauer, left, of South Berwick, gives a high-five to a friend, Nate Cronauer of Eliot, as Cronauer arrives with his parents to move into Robie Andrews Hall.


Mary Anderson Bernier unloads the vehicle at left while helping her daughter, freshman Kate Bernier, move her belongings to Robie Andrews Hall. Also helping was Kate’s father, Mark Bernier. They are from Brunswick.