Fall 2020 Semester

Trojans Return

Public health guidelines continue to change, and Los Angeles County has yet to approve our plans for returning to full campus operations. Los Angeles is experiencing an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases, making it clear we need to dramatically reduce our on-campus density and all indoor activities for the fall semester.

The semester will begin on Aug. 17, 2020, which is a week earlier than originally scheduled. All classes, including final exams, will end by Thanksgiving. By ending the semester before Thanksgiving, we aim to minimize the spread of the virus, particularly as the flu season commences. To support this schedule, we will not have a fall break in 2020.

Given the continuing safety restrictions and limited densities permissible on campus, our undergraduate students primarily or exclusively will take their courses online in the fall term, and on-campus housing and activities will be limited.

While not what we hoped, we recommend that all undergraduates take their courses online and reconsider living on or close to campus this semester. We are continuing with limited in-person, on-campus activity because we believe we can keep students, researchers, staff, and faculty safe with our low-density plan.

Graduate and professional programs are developing calendars to meet their specific needs; these may differ from central university-wide programming. Individual schools will notify students of their schedules and orientation for their programs.

We will offer a rich array of courses and out-of-class experiences online in the fall. We are building vibrant platforms, including a new student portal that will serve as a virtual quad and promote social engagement.

We will also provide a host of experiences for our entering first-year and transfer students from across the world, so that they feel part of our community, and can seamlessly transition in person as soon as possible.

Students can view the revised class schedule via WebRegistration. View the academic FAQs for more information.

International Students

Please visit our international students section for information about your academic options for the fall along with FAQs related to visas and immigration status, travel and housing.

Summer 2020 Sessions

All in-person summer programs and associated in-person activities moved to online offerings for both sessions. ITS shared several cybersecurity resources and tips to ensure a safe and protected online learning environment.

The grading policy for the summer sessions will revert to those used prior to the spring 2020 semester. Students can elect the grade options normally available for the course and follow the regular deadlines to make their elections. View the academic FAQs for additional details.