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Alverno's Plans for Fall 2020

We are excited to offer classes on our campus this fall! We are working hard to ensure that our classrooms and open spaces are ready for students. The safety of our community and guests are our top priority, and our adaptable plan will enable Alverno to respond to changing public health situations without compromising the close-knit and experiential education that defines us. 

Fall 2020 plans for new undergraduate students:

  • The first day of class for new students, which will include an introductory class to the liberal arts and convocation, will be on Monday, Aug. 24. You will receive more details about this in July.
  • No classes will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 25, but campus offices will be open for you to complete any remaining business you may have.
  • The first day of regular classes for all Alverno students will be Wednesday, Aug. 26.
  • Classes will run straight through without holidays or breaks until Wednesday, Nov. 25. This means that students will have classes on Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day); Wednesday, Oct. 7 (previously schedule Community Day); Oct. 29-30 ("R" Weekend); and Tuesday, Nov. 3 (Election Day, a day Alverno has historically been closed).
  • No classes will be held Monday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 1, so students can study remotely for final assessments.
  • Final assessments will be conducted remotely from Dec. 2-4 and 7-8. No in-person final assessments will occur. Dec. 9 will mark the final day of the fall semester.
  • Our goal is to be as flexible as possible to meet your needs, including providing remote access to learning while still delivering the personalized in-classroom experiences. We plan to have the majority of classes meet in person, but this will vary based on class type and evolving information about COVID-19. 
  • If you are planning to live on campus, more information about room assignments and other details will come to you directly from Ann Romei, Director of Residence Life. Please be checking your Alverno email.

Fall 2020 plans for new graduate students:

Graduate courses begin on Friday, Aug. 28. Because of the nature of Alverno graduate-level programs, we are issuing the following modifications:

  • Faculty members will have the option to deliver all courses remotely for the fall 2020 semester. These final decisions will be made in consultation between the program director and dean. Graduate students will be contacted with information about program delivery by June 19, 2020.
  • Although the undergraduate course schedule has been adjusted, the graduate-level program calendar remains as published. The semester will run from Aug. 28 through Dec. 9.
  • All graduate classes and assessments after Thanksgiving break will be virtual. No on-ground, in-person courses will take place after Thanksgiving for the fall semester.
  • All courses and program that were designed for online delivery will remain fully online.
  • All courses and programs that were designed for hybrid learning - a combo of in-person and online learning - will remain so unless otherwise communicated by the instructor or program director.
  • Faculty and instructors with required face-to-face experiences in their graduate courses (external placements, laboratory work, etc.) are encouraged to front-load these experiences in the semester whenever possible.

Fall 2020 plans for new adult students (degree completion and AEO programs):

  • Classes will begin for the first fall session on Aug. 25 (Degree Completion) or Aug. 26 (AEO). 
  • To meet the standards for credit hour delivery, as well as minimize potential exposure and the spread of COVID-19, your classes will run straight through without holidays or breaks.  The first fall session ends Oct. 13 (Degree Completion) or Oct. 14 (AEO). The second fall session ends Dec. 8 (Degree Completion) or Dec. 9 (AEO).
  • Final assessments for the second session will be conducted remotely. No in-person final assessments will occur. 
  • Though Alverno will be open for in-person learning, faculty members will use a combination of teaching methods. This means that they may have you participate, virtually, in a live course with your classmates and also have you participate in learning activities online without physically attending class. This will vary based on class type and new and evolving information about COVID-19.
  • All courses and programs that were designed for online delivery will remain fully online.
  • All courses and programs that were designed for hybrid learning — meaning a combination of in-person and online learning — will remain so.

All reopen plans will align and comply with state, local and/or national orders and health department/CDC recommendations. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Team at 414-382-6100 or

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