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East Central University came to life as new and returning students prowled onto the Tiger campus over the last two weeks.

More than 1,000 new ECU tiger students enrolled in classes, bringing the sleepy summer campus to life for the fall semester. With the many new and returning faces on campus, fall activities are in full swing.

“I’m looking forward to the excitement and the campus experience for our students this year,” said Wendell Godwin, president of ECU.

ECU Performing Arts have already begun weekly music recitals while students explore social Greek opportunities and other campus activities. Athletic competition begins Friday, Aug. 26, with soccer and volleyball competing at away games. The first home football game is 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, when the Tigers take on the Harding University Bisons at Koi Ishto Stadium.

Residence halls filled up quickly with a 25% increase from the spring semester in ECU students calling campus home for the next year. Classes began on Monday, Aug.

“With so many people on campus, it is great for our community,” Godwin said.

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