In Phase 1, a limited number of graduate and undergraduate students in a carefully selected set of academic programs will be permitted to return to the Athens campus. These programs require in-person experiences throughout the semester to meet accreditation or require access to essential, on-campus equipment or facilities. Undergraduate students included in Phase 1 have been notified and all graduate students eligible to return will be notified by August 7. Students in all other programs will begin their fall classes remotely on August 24 and continue remotely through September 27.
Throughout this first phase, we will implement our safety protocols, including requiring face coverings for students, faculty, staff, and all members of the University community will sign the OHIO Pledge, committing to safe practices. We will continue to monitor conditions and seek the advice of public health officials to inform a second phase, beginning September 28. Leveraging what we learn during Phase I, we will increase face-to-face course offerings in Phase 2 as much as possible while working hard to ensure the safety of our campus and community.
Phase 2 will begin September 28, and we will communicate plans for Phase 2 no later than September 8.
Students with Extenuating Circumstances
International students and students with extenuating circumstances that present a housing need may apply for an exception to reside on campus fall 2020.
Undergraduate students on all campuses who would like to arrange a fully online fall semester will have the option to do so. Graduate students will be accommodated to the extent possible, with the exception of medical students in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Options for Fall 2020 Athens Freshmen
We know that college plans can change, especially in this moment, and we are here to support you. OHIO offers several flexible pathways to an undergraduate degree, and our staff in Undergraduate Admissions can help you choose the path that is right for you.
Whether you want to choose a fully online schedule, start at a campus closer to home, begin at a community college partner, or defer your admission for other reasons, we are here to help.