UAlbany's Fall 2021 Plans

April 21, 2021

Dear UAlbany Community: 

Since releasing our intended plans for Fall 2021 with the campus in February, we are pleased that guidance has advanced enough for us to now share a much more detailed outline of what the University is expected to look like this fall.   

As always, these plans remain contingent on state, local and SUNY COVID guidelines which will be driven by continued vaccination efforts among UAlbany students, faculty, staff and our communities, as well as trends in COVID-19 positive cases and other factors.  

But if our campus community continues to carry out the incredible work it has over the past 12 months, we are confident that the Fall 2021 semester will be a truly positive and safe experience for both first-year and continuing students, as well as faculty and staff. 

Most notably, we are looking forward to: 

  • A return to primarily in-person classes on August 23, with Opening Convocation on August 20. To support this, faculty and staff will return to their on-campus work locations starting in July. The semester will include fall breaks, a final exam period and a semester end date of December 14.

  • Student housing will be open and filled consistent with past semesters based on demand. All on-campus dining halls and retail locations will be open.

  • Recreation, intramural sports, performing arts, athletics, student organizations, activities and events will return. 

  • While not currently mandated, we strongly encourage all students and employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine to keep themselves and our community safe. If a sufficient percentage of students do not become vaccinated prior to classes beginning, vaccination could be made mandatory.  

  • Our surveillance testing program will continue at some level in Fall 2021, but is expected to be greatly reduced or eliminated for vaccinated individuals. Vaccinated students, faculty and staff will not be required to quarantine if they come into contact with an individual with COVID-19.   

  • Mask wearing will continue to be required whenever inside a building, including in classrooms, and enhanced cleaning and air filtration protocols will remain in place.  

Again, the continued progress in stemming the COVID-19 pandemic is highly dependent on the success of vaccination efforts and continued mask wearing, proper distancing and hand hygiene, especially in the next few months.  

For additional details and important registration, housing and dining links, please visit our Plans for the Fall 2021 Semester webpage.

We’re looking forward to welcoming our entire campus community back this fall.  


Carol H. Kim 
Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs 

Michael N. Christakis 
Vice President for Student Affairs