IBL News | New York
All Harvard University undergraduate and graduate students for the 2020-21 academic year will take their classes online due to the COVID pandemic–the university announced on Monday. Tuition won’t be affected.
“Students will learn remotely, whether or not they live on campus,” the institution said.
Only 40% of its undergraduates, including all first-year students, will live on campus –in single bedrooms with a shared bathroom.
“This will enable first-year students to benefit from a supported transition to college-level academic work and to begin to build their Harvard relationships with faculty and peers,” the officials wrote.
“Both online and dorm-based programs will be in place to meet these needs. Over the last few weeks, there has been frequent communication with our first-year students about their transition to Harvard and this will continue as we approach the start of the academic year.”
“We also will invite back to campus those students who may not be able to learn successfully in their current home learning environment.”
Harvard University faced backlash on Twitter for keeping its annual tuition prices of $49,653 per year despite the Ivy League institution’s decision to continue with online coursework. Fox Business collected tweets protesting for Harvard’s full-tuition.
Harvard will welcome up to 40% of undergraduates on campus for the fall semester, including first-year students and those who need to be on campus to learn https://t.co/mcNberGtiF
— Harvard University (@Harvard) July 6, 2020
Also, Princeton University announced that most academic instruction will remain online.
“Based on the information now available to us, we believe Princeton will be able to offer all of our undergraduate students at least one semester of on-campus education this academic year, but we will need to do much of our teaching online and remotely,” Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in his message to the university community.
First-year students and juniors will be allowed to return to campus for the fall semester, while sophomores and seniors will be welcomed back in the spring semester.
Princeton is offering 10% discounted tuition for the school year.
Last week, Yale University announced a similar plan to limit the number of people on campus. Yale will reopen in the fall without sophomores living on campus and then will be open in the spring without freshmen living on campus.
The University of Southern California announced it is dropping plans to have undergraduate students back in the classroom and instead will offer most classes online.