Fall 2021 Information

Key Fall Opening Components

  • Vaccines: To promote the health of our community and continue to move our community forward together, the University will require all students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This requirement will go into effect as soon as one of the vaccines receives full FDA approval and will be subject to exemptions, which are detailed below. We will also require students, faculty, and staff to report their vaccine status.
  • Students who are not fully vaccinated upon their arrival to campus must participate in arrival and prevalence testing.
  • The fall semester will begin Aug. 23 and end Dec. 17, as scheduled, and will include a fall and Thanksgiving break.
  • The University will return to nearly 100% fully in-person classes and will not offer remote study during the 2021­–22 academic year. The exception is certain classes in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, which were previously conducted online.
  • We are assessing our operating status and hope to open in either the Lime or Green Stage of our Physical Distancing Framework this fall. We are currently in the Lime Stage.


The University will hold full in-person residential instruction with the semester beginning as scheduled Aug. 23 and ending Dec. 17, and including the traditional fall and Thanksgiving breaks. Additional information is available in the fall academic calendar.


Registration and add/drop for returning students will re-open July 12 following the schedule here. Classroom locations for fall classes will be available on BannerWeb by June 18.


The schedule for moving into on-campus residences and for arrival testing for residential and non-residential students will be as follows:

  • Sunday, Aug. 15 – First-year, international, and exchange students participating in transition programs 
  • Monday­­­–Tuesday, August 16–17 – Any continuing students
  • Wednesday, Aug. 18 – First-year students who are not participating in transition programs 
  • Thursday–Friday, Aug. 19–20 – Any continuing students 
  • Saturday–Sunday, Aug. 21–22 – Continuing students who are fully vaccinated

Residence Life student staff, orientation advisors, and in-season student-athletes will be eligible to arrive prior to Monday, August 16.  

Students who live outside of the United States may request to return as early as July 26 due to the ongoing challenges with travel. 

We will share additional, detailed information regarding the move-in process, the requirements for registration, and the logistics of arrival testing in July.