Penn State Students to Return to Classrooms in the Fall

Among other things, the state’s largest university will adjust its academic schedule to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Penn State is the latest university to announce its plans for getting students back into their dormitories and classrooms this fall. 

The plan calls for students and employees to return to campuses in phases, beginning this summer. The wearing of masks and social distancing will be required. There also are plans for testing and contact-tracing of anyone who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19.

The University will provide separate housing and medical care to anyone who tests positive for the virus. 

The fall academic calendar is being adjusted so students will not return to campus after the Thanksgiving break:

  • Return to campus as originally scheduled on Monday, Aug. 24
  • Classes will be held on Labor Day
  • On-campus instruction will end Friday, Nov. 20
  • The remainder of the semester and final exams will be delivered remotely when classes resume Nov. 30
  • The semester will end as originally scheduled on Dec. 18

 “The Penn State experience may look somewhat different this fall, but I am very much looking forward to seeing our campuses busy with students, faculty and staff once again,” said Penn State President Eric Barron in a press release. “I know I speak for the leadership at each of our campuses when I say we are looking forward to welcoming our students back and greeting, for the first time, our new students.”

More details about Penn State’s plans can be found here.

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