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Safe, Sensible, Smart: What to Expect in Fall 2021

We're getting back to business. Safely.
(And chemistry. And literature. And political science.)

Fall Semester classes start Aug. 23

We draw on a track record of success in keeping our community safe as we welcome students to campus for Fall Semester 2021. With vaccines encouraged and widely available, we intend to offer as fully an in-person student experience as possible. Students on campus will receive the complete Beloit experience: residential living, campus activities, amenities, and services.

In mid-April, we hosted a webinar for incoming students that will give you a sense of how things will work.

As we have done from the beginning of the pandemic, we will continue to closely monitor regional, national, and international developments, including vaccination rollouts and CDC recommendations for in-person activities. As always, our focus is on safety, agility, and creativity. We will continue to take any precautions that remain necessary, and adapt quickly to changing conditions.


We are planning as fully an in-person academic year as possible, including classes, residential living, and campus activities, and hope that the majority of our students will be able to participate, in-person, during the fall semester.

However, we realize that some students may not be able to get to Beloit because of travel restrictions, an inability to obtain a visa due to consulates remaining closed, or personal concerns. As a result, we will continue with some operational modifications to create opportunities for these students to remain enrolled at Beloit College and will share information as soon as we can.

Detailed course formats are still being determined.

Self-care is community care

During the 2020-21 academic year, we worked together to enjoy a safe and sensible campus experience. The New York Times took notice, identifying us as a “bright spot” in their coverage of colleges and COVID.

Our students have adhered to their Statement of Culture and Behavioral Expectations that mandated masks, physical distancing, and small group gatherings to keep COVID cases low and allow them to remain on campus. Students were widely praised in national media outlets for their mature, proactive approach to the pandemic.

We expect that to continue this fall, with our students taking the lead in our #WorthAShot campaign to encourage vaccinations.

Campus Alert Status

We know you have questions

Beloit has risen to every challenge we’ve ever faced. We’ve updated our frequently asked questions to address ever-changing concerns.

Things have changed, here’s what you need to know:

The classroom and residential experience will look a little different, especially at first.

Students wear masks and practice social distancing

We’re reducing class sizes, incorporating online and hybrid classes, and adjusting housing and dining options to safeguard the health of our community.

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The choices you make outside of class will have an impact on our community.

Students exit the Chapin building where the cafe is

We have size limits for in-person gatherings— especially indoors. And everyone in our community must follow health guidelines and protective practices.

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We’ll be ready to adapt quickly if new outbreaks or disruptions require action.

Favorite swag options for every Beloiter.

We’re monitoring the situation on campus. We have protocols in place to help us make quick decisions about teaching, learning, and working as circumstances change.

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Our primary commitment is keeping our community safe and healthy.

Fall colors on the Beloit College campus.

There’s nothing more important than the health and safety of our community. At the end of the day, that’s what guides our planning.

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Updates & Announcements

June 14

The COVID-19 Task Force has released guidance through August 1 for those who will be living, working, or visiting campus over the summer.

June 2

Effective immediately, fully vaccinated students, staff and faculty are not required to wear masks outdoors while working on or traversing campus.

May 21

The newest CDC guidelines make it crystal clear that the way we return to a more normal on-campus experience is to require all Beloit College students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated.

The following Protective Practices will be expected of all members of the campus community:

Maintain Distance

At least 6 feet, inside and out.

Limit Physical Contact

Avoid handshakes and other physical contact when possible.

Wear a Mask

At all times when inside, unless you are alone in a personal space, such as your office, dorm room or home. Also, at all times outside, unless you are fully vaccinated.

Clean Hands

Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer regularly.

Frequent Cleaning

Of all common spaces and frequently used surfaces.

Stay Home

If you’re feeling sick, stay home and get a checkup.

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