GRAND FORKS  - School is in session.

Over the weekend, you may have noticed a sea of fresh faces in town, as many University of North Dakota students made their move into the dorms and apartments.

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On Monday night, school was in session, as some students kicked off their first classes.

Students kick off their first classes tonight, and their first full day starts tomorrow.

WDAZ Photojournalist Caitlin Jacobs stopped by UND’s campus to touch base with students.

We asked the students to tell us some of their goals going into the new semester--and they all center around one major theme: more connection between the campus and the community.

"Being able to bring those things that are a total package for a student, not just going to class every day but living the full college life and going to restaurants and things like that. How can we bring some of those private businesses on to University Ave? Really campus' main street,” said UND Student Body President, Erik Hanson.

 

One Dean tells us she hopes to strengthen said connection through adding more internships and networking opportunities.

 

"It gives them a goal to which to aspire, so they see that it's something that they can accomplish and in the community, you get the new energy of the students who are excited, who have great new ideas and they can bring new things to the table,” said UND Dean of College of Business and Public Administration, Amy Henley.

Student government is hoping to bring more local restaurants, banks, and grocery stores to campus.