Academic Experience

The plan for the spring semester was based on projected COVID-19 caseloads, flu predictions for the coming months, and the possibility of safely accommodating more students on campus.

What Is Different for the Spring Semester

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.

The university will modestly increase the number of students in residence on campus while maintaining one student per room.

We would have liked to bring more students back, but this decision was based on the importance of students living in single occupancy rooms, the rate of transmission in the Atlanta area, and the health of all of our students, staff, and faculty.

What Will Remain the Same This Spring

Class Formats

For most students, courses will continue as a mixture of in-person and remote classes, and many students will still have a majority, and possibly all, of their courses taught remotely. Students will be allowed to take a full course load remotely should they so choose.

Campus Access and Testing

All students in the residence halls will be required to take a COVID-19 test on a consistent basis. Students who take in-person classes, visit university buildings, or access in-person campus resources will be required to perform an onboarding process this spring and take a COVID-19 test upon returning in January, whether or not they live in the residence halls.

Gathering and Visitor Guidelines

The university has implemented a gathering policy and a visitor policy that outlines what events can occur on campus and who is allowed to visit campus. We anticipate those policies will remain in place this spring.

Academic Calendar 

Our academic calendar, including possible changes to the spring semester schedule, can be found on the Office of the Registrar website.

View the Academic Calendar

Registration and Advising

Emory College 

Any student with questions about the registration process should contact

Virtual Walk-In Advising is available for all returning and new transfer students through College Connect.

Oxford College 

International students received an email from their college and/or ISSS outlining recommendations for registration including options for at least one in-person, currently existing course. 

For advising questions or to connect with an academic adviser, please send a message to the Advising Support Center at or schedule an appointment via the ASC Bookings page

Remote Learning Tools

Out-of-Class Interactions and Information


Almost all Emory courses already have an associated site on Canvas, which can be used for many activities that instructors will want to employ, including sharing resources, delivering assessments, facilitating online discussions, and grading.

Live Class Sessions


Zoom is a web-based video-conferencing service that can be used for sharing live video feeds, recording video and conducting meetings.