This is something I thought about a lot before I moved.
I hope I can help.
If you already live in the US., then you can take as much as you want with you to school. If this is the case, it is a good idea to check your school's website (Housing Office) to get an idea of what to bring with you. This will also show you what is provided in your dorm room.
If you're an international student, then you're probably coming in from another country. It is also a good idea to see what is recommended by the Housing Office in your university.
I advise that you only bring essentials. You are dealing with luggage restrictions, and you don't want to drag a ton of stuff you can probably get in the U.S. with you.
Bring a couple of clothes, your bed sheets, blankets, comforters, etc. You could even bring your pillow. I'm such a pillow person lol. I was really sad that I had to leave my pillow behind, but I was so happy that I found a pillow here that was exactly like my last :D
This is what I brought with me:
Many clothes (huge mistake lol).
Bed sheets, etc.
Old books (I transferred as a sophomore)
College transcripts, etc
Makeup, body stuff, etc (you get the picture)
That's about it. Don't remember everything now.
I found packing to be very hard. How do you pack 18 years of your life in 2 suitcases? Very hard!! I wish someone told me this - JUST TAKE THE ESSENTIALS!! You're starting a new life here :p
Don't forget to give all the clothes you toss out to a charity. Don't put it in the trash.
Hope I helped!! Good luck!!
Hugs & Kisses,