Colleges are faced with the dilemma of whether to fully open their campuses in the fall. Below is an updated list of what a small number of colleges are publicizing about their plans. Most, if not all, will need to make a definite decision by June 1st.
My recommendation to high school seniors is to accept to more than one college. This will allow time to explore exactly how those decisions will affect them personally. Students that are at risk may want to ask for a gap year to allow the colleges to work out their Covid testing procedures and changes to their infrastructure to accommodate all students safely.
Here is the most up to date list:
Boston University -- leaning toward in-person classes
Brown University — leaning toward in-person classes
Claremont Colleges — “Committed” to in-person fall classes, but no final decision expected till July 1
Clemson University — exploring a range of scenarios, from in-person classes to entirely online
Cornell University — no decision expected until June
Emory University — likely to decide by early May, according to the student newspaper
George Mason University — says more information could come by early June
George Washington University — will provide "a more detailed communication about our plans for operation by May 15"
Harvard University — "Harvard will be open," but the provost says "we will need to prepare for a scenario in which much or all learning will be conducted remotely."
Haverford College — “We expect on-campus learning to resume for the fall semester.”
Macalester College -- "Our strong preference is to complete two full semesters of on-campus instruction," but says academic calendar may be tweaked and — only if necessary — instruction could be online
Merrimack College — planning to be “residential and open in the fall”
North Carolina State University — “We fully expect to have our new and continuing students on campus for the fall semester.”
Ohio State University — leaning toward in-person classes, with a final decision by late June
Purdue University — planning to start fall semester in person if testing and contact tracing allows
Southern New Hampshire University — planning to allow students to move into dorms, and is offering full tuition scholarships to incoming freshmen
Stanford University -- expects to make a decision in May, but might delay fall quarter till winter
University of Arizona — planning to hold in-person classes
University of Colorado at Boulder — leaning toward a hybrid plan; will announce by June
University of Connecticut — no decision till summer
University of Central Florida — leaning toward in-person classes
University of Maine system — planning for in-person classes
University of Mary Washington — intends to start in-person instruction in August but says "we should also be prepared for the unknown"
University of Maryland system – planning to start in-person, but some larger classes may be online
University of Michigan — hoping to hold classes in-person
University of Pittsburgh — says "back to normal probably is not likely" for the fall
University of South Carolina — decision expected by June 15
University of Texas at Austin — decision expected by the end of June
University of Virginia — plans an update on fall plans by mid June
Virginia Tech — plans to announce in early June
Wake Forest University — “We plan to conduct fall semester classes on campus.”
Williams College — plans to announce by July 1
Yale University — decision expected by early July