The university plans to proceed with the instruction dates outlined in the 2020-21 academic calendar, with classes beginning Feb. 8 on the Ithaca and Cornell Tech campuses. As with the fall 2020 semester, courses in the spring will be offered in a variety of instruction modes, including in-person, synchronous online, hybrid, and asynchronous distance learning approaches.

Tools for Learning

Many key resources remain available, including libraries and The Learning Strategies Center support for undergraduate students.

The Learning Strategies Center has developed a checklist to help students learn online, and additional resources are below.

Instruction Modes

As with the fall 2020 semester, courses in the spring will be offered in a variety of modalities, including in-person, synchronous online, hybrid, and asynchronous distance learning approaches.

The instruction modes are described in The Guide to Spring 2021 Enrollment and include:

  • In person – Course is delivered in-person (i.e., face-to-face instruction). All required class meetings occur on campus, during scheduled meeting times.
  • Online – Course is delivered online, delivered synchronously (live, in real time) during scheduled meeting times. Student are expected to participate in synchronously as long as the scheduled meeting time is between 8 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. in their local time zone.
  • Hybrid – Online and In Person – Course combines in-person instruction during scheduled meeting times with online learning, using a rotational attendance model. Some in-person activity is required.
    • Rotational Hybrid: rotational in person attendance to be determined by instructor.
    • Split Hybrid: in person attendance supplemented by additional online contact hours.
  • Distance Learning Asynchronous – All students and instructors interact online. Involves well-designed, pre-recorded content and curated asynchronous interaction. Content is accessed by students at unspecified times.
  • Direct Research – Research work supervised by an advisor or a faculty member. Delivery varies.
  • Independent Studies – Coursework supervised by an advisor or faculty member. Delivery varies.

Frequently Asked Questions


Academic Policies and Information for the Spring Semester

Pre-Enrollment, Drop/Add, Grading and Transcripts

Spring Semester Exams

Engaged Learning, Study Abroad, Physical Education

Study Spaces and Study Partners

Classroom and Lab Safety and Cleaning

Impacts of COVID-19

Textbooks, Library Access, Technology