Albertus Magnus College Will Welcome Students Back to Campus in August for Fall 2020 Semester

Following the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), the State of Connecticut, and local health departments, Albertus Magnus College campuses will open for the 2020 fall semester, including face-to-face classes, residence halls, and campus facilities. Incoming first-year students will move into campus residence halls on August 26 and 27, followed by a robust schedule of orientation events and activities for new resident and commuting students. Returning students will move in on August 28 and 29. Fall classes will begin on August 31 for the College’s Traditional Undergraduate Program and on August 24 for programs offered through the Professional and Graduate Studies Division (PGS).

Fall courses for the Traditional Undergraduate Program will be offered via a hybrid approach, delivering instruction through a combination of face-to-face and online methods. Albertus faculty have been pioneers in delivering blended classroom instruction, and the College’s commitment to small class sizes gives it unique advantages versus larger institutions in delivering course content to students through a variety of methods that share in common a recognition of the importance of close, faculty-student interaction and collaboration. In the College’s Division of Professional and Graduate Studies, online and hybrid delivery methods have been the norm for nearly two decades, and Albertus’ adult learners will continue to benefit from this mode of instruction. Social distancing guidelines provided by the State of Connecticut will be followed to ensure the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff in classroom settings, in the College’s buildings, and throughout its campuses. The unwavering commitment to the success of every Albertus student acknowledges that some students will not be able to participate in face-to-face classes, in which cases technology will be utilized to enable them to join their classmates in real time remotely.

For the College’s Traditional Undergraduate program, face-to-face classes will continue through Friday, November 20, at which time students will return home for the Thanksgiving break. To help mitigate possible Coronavirus exposure and spread, students will then complete classes, projects, and final exams remotely for the remainder of the fall semester. Class schedules and delivery modes will remain unchanged for programs in the Division of Professional and Graduate Studies.

Summary of Key Dates:

August 24 First Day of Classes for Division of Professional and Graduate Studies, Mod 1
August 26 and 27 New Student Move-In Days (schedule of pre-assigned move-in date and times will follow)
August 28 and 29 Returning Students Move-In Days (schedule of pre-assigned move-in date and times will follow)
August 28 – 30 New Student Orientation and Technology Training Workshops
August 31 First Day of Classes for the Traditional Undergraduate Fall Term
September 7 Labor Day: Note, traditional undergraduate classes in session and College is open (PGS classes will not be held, as scheduled)
October 12 Columbus Day: Note, traditional undergraduate classes in session and College is open (PGS classes will not be held, as scheduled)
November 20 End of On-Campus Classes for Traditional Undergraduates (students will return home for remainder of fall semester)
November 23 – 27 Thanksgiving Break (PGS classes conducted as scheduled)
November 30 Resumption of Fall Classes for Traditional Undergraduates (online Format)
December 10 Last day of Fall Semester Classes (Mod 2 classes conducted as scheduled through December 17)
December 11 – 18 Final Exams/Online Projects
December 19 Winter Break Begins
January 11, 2021 PGS Mod 3 Courses Begin
January 13, 2021 Undergraduate Spring Semester Courses Begin

Additional information, details, and updates will be communicated throughout the summer months and will be posted on the College’s Return to Campus section on the Albertus website.

About Albertus Magnus College

About Albertus Magnus College: Albertus Magnus College, founded in 1925, is a Catholic College in the Dominican tradition. It is recognized by external rankings such as US News & World Report Best Colleges, Money Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. The College has an enrollment of 1,500 students in its traditional undergraduate program, accelerated adult degree programs, and 12 graduate programs, including a new Master of Public Administration and the only Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program in Connecticut. In the last year, the College received two significant Federal grants in support of student success and well-being: a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice and a $1.9 million Title III grant from the Department of Education.