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The Path Forward: Fall 2020

We are here for you.

William & Mary will be different this fall. We are adapting so you can do your best work.

Top things to know about COVID-19 testing at W&M

August 5, 6 p.m. ET: W&M Town Hall - The Science and Decision Making Behind the Path Forward

August 6, 6 p.m. ET: Students & Families Town Hall - What You Need to Know for Fall 2020

August 11, 3 p.m. ET: Faculty & Staff Town Hall

July 31: The university is adjusting the phased return to campus so as to mitigate risk to the health of students, staff, faculty and neighbors.

July 22: See the latest updates from the COVID-19 Response Team.

William & Mary is preparing for an early opening and an in-person semester in fall 2020. W&M will offer three semesters – fall, spring and summer – to provide maximum flexibility for students. The fall 2020 semester will include a condensed schedule that begins a week early and ends before Thanksgiving. There will be no in-person instruction until after Labor Day. We will have no fall break. William & Mary is taking a phased approach to decision-making, and will continue to update the community as more information and details become available.

Your Return to Campus

Review the university's measures for health and safety of the campus community and find details for your return to campus, as they are made available:

Timeline Overview

Detailed academic calendars are available from the Registrar's Office.

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  • Week of August 3: Schedule changes, continuing students 
  • August 8-18: Phased move-in for select students
  • August 17: Classes start in the Law School
  • August 18: Add/drop begins at 1 p.m.
  • August 19: Classes start for undergraduates, Graduate Arts & Sciences, VIMS and School of Education
  • Early September: Remaining students move in
  • Fall break canceled
  • November 13: Last day of classes for undergraduates, Graduate Arts & Sciences and VIMS
  • November 16-24: Final exams for undergraduates, Graduate Arts & Sciences and VIMS
  • November 20: Last day of classes for Law School
  • November 24: Last day of semester for School of Education
  • November 25: Residence halls close for semester
  • November 30: First day of Law School exams
  • December 7: Grades due for undergraduate courses, Graduate Arts & Sciences and School of Education
  • December 31: Employees work remotely as much as possible through this date.

We encourage you to review the current info available for students and families, faculty and staff, and alumni and friends, along with our most frequently asked questions. Know that more information is coming. But if you have comments, concerns or feedback for the Plan Ahead Team now, we welcome them.

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