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Looking Ahead

Based on the current COVID-19 conditions in Atlanta, and in consultation with public health experts on and off campus, Emory University has developed guidelines and resources for a continued safe learning environment this spring.

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Spring 2021 Semester

We are sharing the news about spring semester with a look ahead at the possibilities for summer and fall 2021.

Since early in the fall semester, the president, provost, deans, public health experts, and leaders from across campus have worked on the plans for the spring semester. The strategy they developed was based on projected COVID-19 cases, forecasts for flu in the coming months, and the possibility of safely accommodating more students on campus.

For most colleges and schools, the spring semester will begin on January 25, with medical school classes resuming on January 4 and law school classes resuming on January 19. Classes will conclude by May 3, with most final exams held between May 4 and May 14.

Students will receive information from their respective dean with specific dates, further details, and any college or school-specific differences from the university’s calendar. To accommodate this compressed schedule and limit COVID-19 exposure, Emory will not have spring break this year. With this change, please know we have heard requests for additional mental health offerings and have added and will add additional resources and services for all members of our community.

For additional information about the spring semester academic experience, housing, and onboarding requirements, click on the links below.


What to Do if You Are Sick
or Test Positive for COVID-19

Atlanta campus students who are sick should follow guidance for COVID-19 on the Student Health Services website.

Emory Student Health Services

Oxford campus students who are sick should follow guidance for COVID-19 on the Oxford Health Portal.

Oxford Health Portal

Faculty and staff who are sick should follow guidance for COVID-19 on the Human Resources website.

Human Resources

For You. For Us. For Emory.

The university has rolled out a new public health campaign that encourages members of the Emory community to take care of each other by continuing to wear face coverings, wash hands, and follow physical distancing guidelines. The bright magenta and blue signs on the Atlanta and Oxford campuses share tips and reminders.

Read about the campaign
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On Campus

Our New Campus Environment

See how members of the Emory community are continuing the university’s mission, and gain some self-care tips about hand washing, physical distancing, and face-covering protocol.

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