Plans for the Fall 2021 Semester

Cherry blossoms bloom in front of the carillon on the Uptown Campus


The University at Albany plans to resume in-person instruction as our primary mode of course delivery for the Fall 2021 semester.  

Our shift back to regular in-person instruction, on-campus housing and student life will be aligned with local, state and federal public health guidelines. 

  • Academic Calendar: The Fall 2021 semester will feature a normal academic schedule with a traditional Fall Break and final exam period. Opening Convocation will be held August 20, classes will start on August 23 and the semester will end on December 14. To prepare, faculty and staff will start returning to their on-campus offices in July. 

  • Course Delivery: Classes will be offered primarily in person. Courses and programs that were online before the pandemic will continue to be taught remotely. Advance registration for the fall semester begins April 22, 2021. 

  • Campus Housing: On-campus residence halls and apartments will be open. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may be able to request a single room in the residence halls or apartments. Sign up for housing now.

  • Campus Dining: The Indigenous Quad and State Quad dining halls, as well as all retail dining locations, will be open in the fall. Sign up for a meal plan.

  • Student Life: Students will be able to participate in recreation, intramural sports, performing arts, athletics, student organizations, activities and events.

  • Testing & Quarantine: Our surveillance testing program will continue, with greatly reduced testing for vaccinated individuals. Vaccinated individuals also won’t need to quarantine if exposed to an individual who has tested positive. 

  • Vaccinations: At this time, COVID-19 vaccinations are not mandatory for students or employees but are highly encouraged.  

  • Safety Protocols: Masks will continue to be required inside all buildings, including classrooms. UAlbany will continue to promote proper hand hygiene and provide enhanced cleaning and upgraded air filtration. 

Our plans anticipate that additional changes in local, state and federal guidance will update physical distancing requirements, allowing classrooms and residence halls to be fully occupied. Developments will be shared with the University community as they are confirmed. 

The success of our Fall 2021 semester relies on continued compliance with safety protocols, downward trends in positive COVID-19 cases and the continued success in vaccination efforts on campus, in Albany and in New York State.  

We remain committed to the health and safety of our campus community and are excited that our students will again be able to take advantage of the vast academic, research and student life opportunities available across our campuses.  


Three members of the women's basketball team pose for a photo with their COVID-19 vaccination stickers, wearing masks

Visit our Vaccinate UAlbany page to schedule a vaccination appointment.