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Frequently Asked Questions


  • General Questions

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  • What are the calendar dates for the spring semester?

    The semester will begin on January 25 and classes will end on May 3. Final Exams will take place between May 4 and May 14.

  • Will there be a spring break?

    There will be no Spring Break during the Spring 2021.

  • Why are you not bringing more students back to campus?

    Critical to the health and safety for all members of our community is to keep our campus population density low. Critical to that strategy is maintaining single occupancy rooms, which limits the overall number of students who can be in residence. In all of our decisions, we are guided by the University’s health and epidemiology experts, who have advised continued vigilance to keep our numbers low as the Atlanta area continues to see high rates of COVID-19 infection and illness.

  • I live in Atlanta, can I come to campus anyway? What is available to me on campus?

    Students should only come to campus if they have a specific educational purpose to be here. For the safety of our community, any student coming to campus must complete the onboarding process and adhere to the terms of the Campus Compact . Note that most educational and co-curricular resources, including library materials, are accessible online.
  • What format can I expect classes to take place in?

    Courses will continue as a mixture of in-person and remote classes, and many students will still have a majority, and possibly all, of their courses taught remotely.

  • I need access to a specific lab for my coursework/research. How do I get permission to return?

    For lab science or research exceptions, send a detailed explanation of your specific need to oue.advising@emory.edu and we will route to the appropriate department. A request does not guarantee a right to return.

  • If I currently live on campus can I return in the spring semester?

    Students who currently live in the residence halls, have maintained their COVID-19 testing schedule, and abide by the campus compact will be invited back to their original rooms in their current residence halls for the spring semester.

  • College Spring Registration

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  • When will registration take place?

    Registration will take place between November 16-21 based on class standing. Information can be found on the College Academic Calendar (http://college.emory.edu/oue/academic-calendar.html) and will be posted to OPUS in early November.

  • When will Add/Drop/Swap begin?

    Add/Drop/Swap will begin on November 30, 2020.

  • How can I connect with my advisor?

    Students should contact their major or pre-major faculty advisor in advance of registration for information on advising appointments.

  • Can I meet with an OUE advisor?

    OUE Advisors are available to meet with students via appointment or drop-in advising. Appointments can be scheduled via College Connect (http://college.emory.edu/connect). Information on drop-in advising will be communicated in the College Weekly.

  • Questions from Seniors

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  • Why didn’t we give seniors priority for their last semester?

    At the heart of all of our decision-making is our commitment to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff as COVID-19 continues to challenge us. The ongoing pandemic means we cannot welcome back to campus the entire Class of 2021 for the spring as we had all hoped.

    The University has permitted seniors to return who have specific graduation requirements that can only be met in-person, including Honors students, some performing arts majors and some lab science majors. Many factors and the need to balance priorities across the University went into making this difficult decision.

    For the safety of our community, the University will maintain a low density and focus on supporting students with the resources they need to complete degree requirements in a virtual format during Spring 2021.

  • If I want to defer graduation/completing my degree, what can I do?

    Students may request to take a leave of absence and apply for readmission in a future semester. We encourage you to speak specifically about your degree completion plans with an academic advisor before taking a leave.

  • Commencement

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  • I’m in the class of 2021, what is the plan for my Commencement, my family needs to make travel arrangements?

    As President Fenves noted in his message, we intend to have events in mid-May to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2021. Planning for a socially distanced, limited attendance event is underway, and we will keep you updated in the coming months once details are finalized.

  • I’m in the class of 2020, why has there not been an in-person celebration as indicated last May?

    The University has determined that no in-person celebration will be held Fall semester due to continued health risks stemming from large in-person gatherings. An announcement is expected later this semester regarding future celebration.