ABILENE, Texas -

425 freshmen and transfer students took over the Hardin-Simmons University campus Wednesday for "STAMPEDE" week.

At least 80 volunteers helped students move into residence halls and settle in for their first year at the school.

Parents accompanied their kids Wednesday and said their goodbyes after an ice cream dessert party on the HSU front lawn.

Students are now preparing for the next five days of meeting their peers and attending assemblies before the school year begins.