Dorms at TCU started opening Monday for the fall semester which begins August 17. To prevent large crowds and long lines, TCU required students to make reservations for a time slot to move in.
"I think TCU has been amazing, just from a parental standpoint," one mother said, who was bringing her daughter from Denver, Colorado for her freshman year. "They've been so responsive all summer. They got to the point where, starting in July, they were sending weekly communications."
"It's definitely weird. It's a whole new experience for everyone, I think. No one really knows what's going on, but I think it should be cool," her daughter said.
TCU spread the move-in process out over the entire week. Guidelines for the fall semester have been posted online.
Face masks will be required indoors. TCU is still planning activities, like ping pong tournaments, study groups and movie nights in the dorms, but the school says group sizes will be limited by CDC and local health guidelines.
TCU says housekeeping will clean "high touch" areas more frequently and supply more disinfectant in residence halls. TCU will also have limits for how many students can be inside a room at a given time, and guests will have to wait outside or in lobbies.
If a student does test positive, that student will be told to remain in isolation. Students who live with a roommate will be moved to another room. If the student lives in a four bedroom, two bathroom unit, one bathroom will be designated for the student's use, and the others will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.
TCU says a "care coordinator" will let professors know and set up "virtual classwork" for students in quarantine. Staff will deliver meals to their room and help with laundry.
"I think it just feels different because there are a lot of unknown factors, people from different areas and things they could be bringing to school," a student from Houston said.