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Mizzou welcomes back more students than ever for first day of classes

(via Flickr/Adam Procter)
"The Columns" on Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.

Fall semester classes began Monday at the University of Missouri's flagship campus after several days of welcoming activities for new and returning students.

School leaders announced a record enrollment of 33,318. That's an increase of 1,309 undergraduates and graduates students from 2010.

Students have spent the past several days preparing for classes and immersed in traditional school activities.

New students spent Friday morning painting the rocks that form the block letter "M" in Memorial Stadium, a tradition since 1927.

Others volunteered with local service agencies on Saturday as part of Step Forward Day. A free concert with pop singer Jason Derulo followed at the Hearnes Center.

New Mizzou students spent Sunday night walking through the Columns on Francis Quadrangle, an event called the "Tiger Walk," to symbolize their entrance into college.

Here's a video of this year's "Tiger Walk:"


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