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Academics

Here, We're Huskies.

At the University of Connecticut, we unite those who question, challenge, and push what's possible — whether that learning takes place in person on our campuses, online, or a combination of both. We will continue offering flexible modes of course delivery for spring 2021 to enable UConn to continue delivering the same outstanding education to all students while keeping safety at the forefront. The University is carrying out its plans for course delivery and the academic calendar, as well as how the risk of COVID-19 transmission will be minimized in classrooms and common spaces.

To learn more about resources available regarding mental health in this difficult time, please visit our campus services page.

Academics and Instruction

  • Classes are being provided in a range of formats including in-person, online, and a combination of the two formats to allow the University to prioritize both safety and the UConn educational experience. Learn more about the course modalities being offered for spring 2021 on the Provost’s website.
  • The modality for each course will be listed at the time of registration. The detail and description of the modality options has been updated, providing more clarity on expectations of course meeting times and format and the proportion of remote learning to in-person learning.
  • While the University cannot guarantee any particular course selection, faculty and students who prefer a fully online experience will be accommodated. And while the University cannot guarantee any particular course, UConn will work with students to ensure they have courses, online if requested, that support a timely progression towards their major(s) and degree.
  • Faculty who wish to teach courses exclusively online will be accommodated.
  • The capacity of classrooms has been reduced to allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • Students should be able to take a full course load; the University expects minimal, if any, disruption to most students’ progress to a degree.

Academic Calendar

  • The spring 2021 start and end dates will remain the same as planned, but spring break will be moved later in the semester, to April 11 through 17.
  • The first two weeks of all classes will be conducted remotely so all those returning to campuses and the surrounding areas can quarantine at the same time as they start their courses.
  • Following spring break, residential students will be sent home and the last two weeks of classes, as well as exams, will be conducted remotely for all students.
  • Students who are unable to return home and must remain in the residence halls after Thanksgiving will be permitted to stay following a review by the Department of Residential Life. However, for safety reasons, they will not be permitted to leave campus for the Thanksgiving break.
  • Although the residential calendar was shifted two weeks earlier than originally planned (arriving early, departing early), the period of academic instruction remains the same; tuition rates remain at the levels previously approved by the board.

Pass/Fail

  • The University Senate approved an extension of the deadlines to add or remove courses as pass/fail and also extended pass/fail availability to undergraduates with fewer than 26 credits and undergraduates on scholastic probation.
    • Nov. 20, 2020 – Deadline to add or remove fall 2020 courses as Pass/Fail
    • April 9, 2021 – Deadline to add or remove spring 2021 courses as Pass/Fail
  • Students may elect a maximum of 12 credits to be distributed over no more than three courses during their entire academic career (note: courses from spring 2021 do not count toward the 12-credit maximum). Changes will require the approval of an advisor.

Device Requirements for Student Success

As the University of Connecticut makes plans to welcome back new and returning Huskies this fall, it will be essential for all students to have access to the proper IT systems, services, and capabilities so that they may interact with instructors and classmates and complete required coursework. Comprehensive guidance is available on the Keep Learning page.