Spring 2021 Planning

As we work together to help ensure the continued success of our fall term on campus, University officials are also actively planning for the spring semester. In line with current conditions, spring plans are as follows:

Spring Semester Calendar and Course Specifics 

  • The first day of classes will be Jan. 19, 2021, and classes will conclude April 23. Finals will take place April 28—May 6.
  • There will be no spring break in order to protect our campus community from COVID-19 and allow for the later start to the spring semester.
  • As was the case this fall, many courses will be offered in-person while some will be offered fully online or use a combination of approaches. Students may view the spring schedule of classes on BannerWeb beginning Wednesday, Oct. 28.
  • In-person classes will continue to be offered in classrooms modified to support active learning while adhering to physical distancing and related safety protocols.
  • Advising for spring courses will begin Nov. 2, with priority registration beginning Nov. 9.
  • At this time, we plan to hold Commencement ceremonies as detailed at commencement.richmond.edu on the weekends of May 1-2 and 7-8, though those events and their format will depend on the course of the virus.
  • More details about the calendar, advising, and registration can be found at registrar.richmond.edu.


Remote Learning

  • We recognize some students will not be able to join us in-person for spring term, and the University will offer those students the opportunity to study remotely.
  • Students will need to inform the University of their remote study plans by completing this form. More details are available at Studying Remotely - Spring 2021.
  • Students studying remotely are strongly encouraged to review and enroll in courses being offered by faculty online, but access to most in-person classes through technology will also be available, as they were this semester.


Spring Housing

The arrival process we followed in the fall was successful, so we intend to replicate it in the spring. Once again, we are planning for a staggered move-in with COVID-19 testing upon arrival. Move-in dates are being finalized, and more specific information and instructions are forthcoming from Student Development and Residence Life. Key information to be aware of right now includes:

  • Students will not be allowed to move in except during their assigned time. More details will be available from Residence Life soon.
  • New first-year students who are beginning their enrollment in January, as well as first-year students who were enrolled in the fall and who will transition to campus in January, will receive information in the coming weeks on orientation activities. These activities will occur after the assigned housing move-in date.
  • Students who were not on campus in the fall and wish to move to campus for the spring semester should apply for housing by Nov. 1 via the Spring Application available in the StarRez Portal.


International Students

We are closely tracking the State Department and CDC websites for information related to travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, and we encourage students traveling internationally to do the same. Please reach out to the Office of International Education with questions or concerns.


Winter Break Period

While we expect that most students will vacate the campus according to our fall calendar, we also recognize that a small number of students may need to remain on campus during the period from Thanksgiving week through the beginning of the spring term. If you need to remain on campus, please complete the “Winter Break Housing Request” available in the StarRez portal by Wednesday, Oct. 14. 

Late requests will not be accepted. Completing a request does not guarantee approval. Students will be notified of the status of their request by the Office of Residence Life & Housing by Friday, Oct. 23.


Spring Study Abroad

This spring UR will offer limited study abroad programming. The Office of International Education is working with students accepted for study abroad and will also continue to offer opportunities for international students who may not be able to travel to the United States.