Aug 26, 2013 5:02 PM by Sam Salzwedel
UPDATE: Admissions officials at the University of Arizona said Monday that 7,200 new freshman have enrolled for the Fall 2013 semester.
There were a total of 1,600 transfers from other institutions for the same term and 600 re-enrolled students.
The incoming freshman class is slightly less than last year's class of 7,400 but UA officials expected that.
A smaller pool of graduating high school seniors and tougher entrance requirements for international students factored into the smaller number.
TUCSON - Classes start at the University of Arizona Monday morning.
Gage Bachik is a freshman from Southern California. He is living in a new student housing complex Downtown.
"I was like, ‘New place opening up? Heck yeah,'" he said. "It's like a couple miles away, but it's actually really easy to get to campus."
The Cadence is on the corner of 4th Avenue and Congress Street. Daniel Rojas is a sophomore who lived on campus last year.
"Downtown was starting to be built up," Rojas said. "A couple of my roommates and I were like, ‘Hey, lets look at this place that was being built.'"
Sparkroot is a restaurant, wine lounge and coffee bar near The Cadence. The business was busy this summer compared to last year. Its service manager, Alex Potter, expects a boost when the semester starts.
"We're hoping to get a lot of people that are wanting to study here," Potter said, "meet up here. Things like that. Like student groups."
This is also the last school year that will start without the Modern Streetcar. The train will connect the West Side to University of Arizona Medical Center.