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ST. LOUIS – Thursday marked move in day at Washington University in St. Louis. According to the school, about 1,700 freshmen are a part of the Class of 2018. Rob Wild, associate vice chancellor for Students, said that is the largest new class Washington University has ever had.

"These students have spent the last year in high school getting ready to apply to college and it's a very competitive process for college and Washington University is no different," Wild said.

John Garza is one of the students. He came to Washington University from California. He told KSDK NewsChannel 5 his parents will likely miss him being far away.

"They're still getting used to it," he said. "They wanted me to go closer to home."

A number of families added that they are not concerned about the situation going on in Ferguson. Washington University revealed it plans to address Ferguson throughout the week, as well, with its students. It even launched an online gathering place for students and staff to share their perspectives on the issue.

Last month, the school was named one of the top schools for on-campus living.

The first day of classes is Monday.

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