Ruth 'Rudy' Carter, 21, went missing from the Loyola University campus in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 28 and made no contact with anyone.
But she was found safe and sound by a private investigator hired by her family in a hotel room in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, with other people.
Miss Carter was filmed leaving the campus carrying a large box and backpack after returning to her dormitory following a crayfish boil.
She had made no contact with anybody since she went missing, and her mother Nicci Carter said disappearing without notice was out of character.
Her mother described her daughter as an 'introvert' who only started coming into her own this year and was trying to make more friends.
Miss Carter lived at home with her mother and also works at the university, which was combed by officials desperately trying to find her.
The family put up a $5,000 reward for information that led to finding her, and also hired a private investigator to help.
Then on Monday she contacted her mother after being found by the investigator at the Mississippi hotel, reported WWL.
Miss Carter's uncle Jerome Carter told The Times-Picayune his son went with the student's mother to pick her up - and she is uninjured and safe.
A Loyola University statement said: ‘We are pleased to announce that university officials were contacted this morning by Ruth Carter’s mother with the good news that Ruth has been located and is safe.
‘This is great news and we look forward to Ruth’s safe return home.’
No reason has been given for her disappearance, but WDSU reported she had recently been talking to her mother on the phone about her grades. Source