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Student Return to Campus

As of Friday, August 28, Northwestern has changed its Return to Campus plan for first- and second-year undergraduate students to limit the number of students returning to campus for Fall Quarter 2020. 

Undergraduate Access to Campus

Undergraduate access to campus will be limited during fall quarter. The lower density of our campus and housing facilities will help us in our efforts to contain the virus and provide more space to accommodate the quarantining isolation and testing that we now anticipate will be needed.

First- and Second-Year Students

With limited exceptions, first- and second-year undergraduate students will not be allowed on campus, including in residence halls, and will begin the academic year on a remote-only basis. If all goes as planned, these students will come to campus for Winter Quarter, which begins on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

We discourage first- and second-year undergraduate students from moving to the Evanston area during the Fall Quarter.

Third- and Fourth-Year Students

Third- and fourth-year undergraduates, graduate students and professional students will be allowed on campus for Fall Quarter as previously scheduled.

Our third- and fourth-year undergraduate students, living either on- or off-campus, have the option of taking their coursework in any combination of all-remote, hybrid or in-person teaching.

Impacts on Campus Housing

Undergraduate move-in dates will be delayed for those coming to on-campus housing and will now begin Sept. 12, 2020. Undergraduate classes will begin Sept. 16 as planned.

We will close sorority and fraternity houses until Winter Quarter. Student Affairs staff will work with third- and fourth-year undergraduate students who planned to live in sorority or fraternity housing to find other options, including University housing.

Wildcat Wellness

Wildcat Wellness will still apply to students living both on campus and off campus. Some detailed have changes for that two-week period based on feedback from medical experts and the experiences of other universities that have reopened. Please review the new conditions of Wildcat Wellness here.

The lower density of our campus and housing facilities will help us in our efforts to contain the virus and provide more space to accommodate the isolation and testing that we now anticipate will be needed.

We fully expect that anyone who returns to campus will exhibit responsible behaviors in line with the expectations set forth in the training you received and the COVID-19 code of conduct document you signed prior to registration. We also expect everyone to abide by the established testing and tracking requirements.

Graduate and Professional Student Access to Campus

Graduate and professional students will be allowed on campus in adherence with the Return to Campus policies and guidelines established by their school, program, and the Office for Research.