UAlbany Fall Reopening Plans

UAlbany Fall Reopening Plans

Dear Great Dane:

We know that you are eager to make your plans for the fall, and the University at Albany has been busy finalizing our plans as well. Pending final review from the Governor and SUNY, we plan to begin our fall semester on campus on August 24, 2020, as originally scheduled. On-campus housing will be available. 

UAlbany is strongly committed to providing a high-quality and robust education, as well as excellent services to all our students, but the health, safety and well-being of our campus community remains our top priority. Given the fluid nature of COVID-19, we will be fully prepared to respond and adapt to changing conditions, as needed.

More details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks, but here are the basics:

Health and Safety

  • UAlbany will implement strict safety policies requiring face coverings, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and cleaning protocols to ensure the health of our community. We will meet or exceed all public health guidelines.

  • We will limit the number of people in all public spaces, including classrooms, the Campus Center and libraries.

  • Our protocol will include COVID-19 screening, contact tracing, education and testing, when appropriate.   

Course Instruction

  • To allow for physical distancing, classes will be delivered through a combination of in-person, hybrid (in-person and online components), and fully online instruction. 

  • Students will have the opportunity to request an all-online course schedule, if they prefer.

Campus Life

  • Residence halls will be open at reduced occupancy.

  • Dining services will be available with additional takeout and delivery options.

  • Welcome events will be modified to allow for physical distancing. 

We will share more details soon, but be sure to visit our Fall 2020 reopening pages regularly for information updates and FAQ.  

Meanwhile, have a safe and enjoyable summer—we can’t wait to see you in August! 



Carol H. Kim, PhD

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


Michael N. Christakis, PhD 

Vice President for Student Affairs