The fall 2020 semester includes a hybrid approach to a residential semester (with in-person, online and hybrid teaching modalities), robust virus testing, and modifications to the academic calendar allowing students to return home for Thanksgiving and finish the semester remotely. Key academic dates have been finalized and can be found here. The full 2020-21 academic calendar is available on the University Registrar website.

These plans apply to the Ithaca campus and Cornell Agritech in Geneva. Given the varying impacts and progression of the virus in New York City, Cornell Tech and Weill Cornell Medicine campuses have developed their own plans for the fall semester.

Fall Semester

Residential instruction for the Ithaca campus fall semester began on Wednesday, September 2. Move-in took place over an extended period, to allow for virus screening and initial quarantine of all students.

In order to mitigate the risks of students leaving Ithaca and then returning from many different places, students will return to their permanent residences for Thanksgiving break (the last day of on-campus classes will be Tuesday, November 24) and finish the semester with just a few weeks of classes and final exams online. On-campus accommodations will be available to those students who request and receive waivers to remain in student housing. The final day of the fall term will be on Monday, December 21.

Spring Semester

Following a longer-than-usual winter break, the spring semester will begin on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 and conclude on Tuesday, May 25. Our plan at this point is to have a full residential spring semester, though we might have to adjust our planning depending on pandemic conditions at the time.