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 the semifinal exam schedule is available. Students taking in-person classes are expected to take their semifinals in person, though an exemption process will be made available to students who face extenuating circumstances and need to leave campus prior to completing all in-person academic activities. The full 2020-21 academic calendar can be found on the University Registrar website.

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 remotely. Most students will depart campus housing by Nov. 29, though students who cannot return home may apply for waivers to remain in student housing. The final day of the fall term will be on Monday, December 21.

Winter Session

Cornell’s Winter Session 2021 will be held entirely online. Courses will begin on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 and conclude on Saturday, Jan. 23.

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.