Graduate and Professional Students

For most Emory colleges and schools, the spring 2021 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 14.

Spring Semester Plans

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.

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.

Mandatory Onboarding

If you are planning to be on campus for any amount of time, you are required to complete the mandatory onboarding process in order to gain access to campus. 

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Academic Experience

Class Formats

For most graduate and professional students, we anticipate course formats in the spring will be similar or the same as course formats this fall. 

Information for International Students and Scholars

COVID-19 Testing

All professional and graduate students who take in-person classes, visit university buildings, or access in-person campus resources will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon returning in January for the spring semester. Testing of residential students at frequent intervals has helped us maintain the health of our community this semester. The university plans to move to a saliva-based COVID-19 test this spring, which will allow the tests to be done more frequently and with much less discomfort. Additional information about the testing format, protocols, and frequency of required testing will be communicated once they are established for the coming semester.

Schedule Your COVID-19 Test

All graduate and professional students have access to COVID-19 testing as capacity permits. Testing is available Monday through Friday at the Emory Conference Center Hotel (ECCH) by appointment.

Please remember that screening tests are for non-symptomatic students only. If you are experiencing symptoms or feel you have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case, please access the Student Health Services portal. If you have issues with the link below, please use this link, but do not bookmark the page.

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Gathering and Visitor Guidelines

The university implemented a gathering policy and a visitor policy that outlines what events can occur on campus and who is allowed to visit campus. Those policies are anticipated to remain in place this spring.

Student-Led Programming and Greek Life 

All undergraduate and graduate student clubs and activities, including fraternities and sororities, will be held virtually for the time being. Off campus events will not be allowed and travel associated with student groups will be prohibited. Campus Life will be working with these organizations to ensure they continue to thrive during the year and that all students have access to the Emory community.


A working group will be formed to review if and how intercollegiate athletics, club sports, and intramurals will be reintroduced in the spring. An update will be shared with the community once this group’s review is complete.

Additional Information from Campus Life


We intend to have events in mid-May to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2021 and the milestone of graduation from Emory University. Planning for a socially distanced, limited attendance event is underway, and we will keep you posted in the coming months once details are finalized.

Summer and Fall 2021

We are already looking ahead to the summer session and fall semester 2021. The summer will be an opportunity to further increase the number of students on campus, and we are committed to providing the hallmark programming vital to many of our academic experiences. If our increased campus presence is implemented successfully this spring and summer, our current plan is to have all students return to campus by fall 2021.

Health Services for All Emory Students

Emory University recognizes that staying physically and emotionally healthy is an important part of your academic success and overall well-being. Whether you are currently enrolled at the Atlanta or Oxford campus, we are ensuring access to resources for all Emory students.

During this period of remote learning due to COVID-19, we have extended our medical and mental health support to all students by offering telehealth and in-person services, expanding nonclinical support, and contracting with a third-party vendor, TimelyMD, to offer telehealth care to all students, including those residing outside of Georgia.

For all COVID-19 related concerns or symptoms, contact student health on your campus. 

Oxford College Student Health Services

Emory Student Health Services Portal

Alumni Mentors

The Oxford and Emory alumni network is a great resource for you as you explore your professional pathways and provides an opportunity to connect to other Emory graduates. Alumni can be helpful in serving as mentors, locating internships or volunteer opportunities, conducting informational interviews, or finding other points of connection. We encourage you to visit  EmoryConnects, fill out a profile, and begin your lifelong professional connection with Emory’s global network.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions about remote learning, classes, financial aid, campus safety protocols, and more.

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Taking Care of Each Other

“We know that we must take care of ourselves and each other if we are to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and remain on campus. We all recognize how difficult it is to build a sense of community within the constraints of our new environment, but we—students, faculty, and staff—are working together to provide each other with support in helping to keep us healthy and well while finding new and creative ways to connect, socialize, and learn.”—Enku Gelaye, Vice President and Dean of Campus Life

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