This college’s campus will be open Fall ’20

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Questions we explored this week:

  • Move over, viruses. This university will be reopening campus this fall for in-person learning. Which one?
  • Admitted and can't decide? This top public university will give you a 4-month extension 'til Sept. 1 to decide to come. Where?
  • Harvard's verdict is in. Will they postpone 2020 fall semester courses to the spring?

April 29, 2020 — University of Vermont

“Based on information currently available, I am confident UVM will be able to return to in-person status in Fall 2020,” said university president, Suresh Gurimella. He praised the state of Vermont’s success in flattening the curve and acknowledges the need for consistent testing to return to “normal” operations.

What does this mean? UVM is eager for students to enroll. The president’s confidence in an in-person experience this fall may attract admitted students on the fence, or considering other schools that have opted to go virtual.

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April 29, 2020 — University of Oregon

Admitted students are traditionally required to submit enrollment deposits on May 1, known as College Decision Day. Oregon’s flagship state university has extended the deadline to September 1, addressing families’ concerns over Covid-19 related financial uncertainties. The earlier students commit, the more priority they get during registration, orientation, and housing.

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What does this mean? By extending the deadline out this far, the university is risking a lot of enrollment and financial unknowns itself. But it’s a good PR move to show that the institution is on the same challenging wave as millions of American families.

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April 28, 2020 — No

Harvard will be open in Fall 2020. The Ivy League institution has not confirmed whether courses will be held remotely or in-person. University Provost Alan Garber assured incoming students that should virtual learning be necessary, the university would also develop virtual research, extracurricular, and professional opportunities.

What does this mean? Starting the first semester of college on your laptop in your mom’s house may cause some familial tensions, especially for those looking forward to be empty nesters and the students eager for a bit of independence. Might be a good time for schools to also offer virtual “family mediation” courses.

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