LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- It's move-in day for one of the largest freshmen classes in the University of Louisville's history, and they are paying more tuition than ever before.

Tuition is up another 6 percent for U of L students, but that was the last thing on their minds Wednesday as they moved in. On freshmen move-in day at the University of Louisville, you only hear one thing -- carts rolling in with items these students think they cannot live without the first year of college.

It's a bittersweet day for parents, especially the new empty-nesters. "What do I do now?" asked one mom. "I'm excited but I'm going to miss her, that's my baby," said another.

"I won't let him see me cry, I'll do that afterward," said one mom.

For many students, it is a first chance for freedom as they finally enter their new world -- a cramped dorm room.

U of L is beautifying its campus, adding new residence halls and food services to attract the best students.

A newer, posh dorm called Cardinal Towne sits on the old Masterson's property, with food and shopping below. "We need to have a campus where they want to come and call home and be engaged and stay on campus," said president Dr. James Ramsey.

It is something incoming students are excited for. "I'm going to have to study more obviously, and I think there will be a lot of stuff to do here at our home," said one incoming freshman.

The downer?  Rising tuition. Dr. Ramsey blames it on years of state budget cuts and lack of funding. "The cost of public higher education in Kentucky is shifting more and more to the student," he said.

A $38 million student recreation center is planned for the north side of campus.  Officials hope to have it ready by fall of 2013.

Classes at U of L start Monday.