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Photos: Decorating your room at college, then and now

Many of the 6,000 students moving into Illinois State’s residence halls and Cardinal Court apartments this week will find some creative ways to make their new rooms look a little homier.

The STATEside crew dived into the Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives to find out how students in past years (now alumni) dressed up their new digs—and we found some absolute gems. Check it out below.

For a look at how students decorate their rooms these days, check out the finalists from last spring’s Best Room Ever contest.

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Students and families: University Housing has put together some pretty handy move-in tips, including lists of What to Bring and What NOT to Bring.

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1968 Watterson picture shows an Andy Williams record. Really? People actually listened to Andy Williams in college dorm rooms?