Spring 2022 semester postponed to January 24

January 11, 2022

Dear UAlbany Community: 

After careful consideration of our options to mitigate the impact of the omicron variant in our campus community, we have decided to postpone the start of the Spring 2022 semester from Wednesday, January 19 to Monday, January 24. Classes will begin with a normal Monday schedule on January 24. Residence halls will now reopen beginning Friday, January 21 at 9 a.m. We believe this shift will provide additional protection with minimal disruption to individual and institutional plans.

Postponing the start of the spring semester will afford our students more time to secure a negative COVID-19 test as well as receive their booster, when eligible. The change will not impact spring break or Reading Day. The spring semester will end on May 4 and final exams will begin on May 6. The dates for Commencement remain unchanged.

As a reminder, students must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus. For more details, please review our updated Spring 2022 Pre-Arrival Instructions for Students.  

We will of course continue to closely monitor the virus through surveillance testing and our ongoing health and safety protocols. As we have been throughout this pandemic, the University will remain nimble and responsive to changing conditions.  

If you have any questions or concerns please call the COVID Hotline at 518-442-2683.


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

Michael N. Christakis 
Vice President for Student Affairs