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Cornell plans to reactivate Ithaca campus for fall semester; classes set to begin Sept. 2

Cornell University has announced plans for the fall semester, which 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 that will allow students to begin classes on Sept. 2 and return home for Thanksgiving and finish the semester remotely.

The key consideration in our decision to reopen is public health. Residential instruction, when coupled with a robust virus screening program of the form we intend to implement, is a better option for protecting the public health of our community than a purely online semester. In accordance with New York state reopening guidelines, Cornell has developed and submitted a reactivation plan (PDF) to the New York State Department of Health.


  • Student forum: Move-in and quarantine update for students and parents (July 31)
  • Important updates regarding quarantine, move-in and enrollment (July 30)
  • The Re-entry Checklist is live (July 17)
  • Cornell’s virus testing program for students in the Ithaca area (July 15)
  • Ithaca area community town hall on Cornell reactivation (July 8)
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