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Campus Reopening and COVID-19 Measures

Willamette University will welcome students back to campus for the 2020-21 fall semester in August. In the interest of reducing student travel to and from campus, fall break has been eliminated for this academic year. An overview of important dates for each school is listed below, and additional details are available on the Classes in Fall 2020 page.

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Move-in: Aug. 18-19
  • Opening Days: Aug. 19-21
  • First day of class: Aug. 24
  • Labor Day: Instructional Day
  • Last day of class: Nov. 24
  • Final exams begin: Dec. 2

Claremont School of Theology

  • Hybrid classes begin: Aug. 24
  • In-person classes begin: Sept. 1

College of Law

  • First-year student orientation: Aug. 17-19
  • First day of class: Aug. 24
  • Labor Day: No classes

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

  • International student orientation: Aug. 14
  • Compass Week orientation: Aug. 17-21
  • First day of class: Aug. 24
  • MBA-P fall semester begins: Aug. 31
  • Labor Day: No classes

In conjunction with reopening and the start of face-to-face instruction, Willamette University will implement a comprehensive plan to address the health and safety of all members of the campus community. This will include social distancing, mask requirements, and enhanced cleaning of all campus spaces, as well as contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation protocols in conjunction with Marion County Public Health. These and other measures will continue through the semester and as long as necessary.

Willamette campus will remain closed to the public through July, and those employees who can work at home will continue to be required to do so until August 1.


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