On Aug. 24, Susquehanna resumed face-to-face, in-person instruction for the fall 2020 semester. The university offers courses in a variety of ways during the 2020–21 academic year to ensure a safe and engaging learning environment. On Oct. 16, the university announced the spring 2021 semester will be held on campus under a revised schedule. Visit our schedule changes, safety measures, resources and COVID-19 dashboard for more information.
   
Updated October 16, 2020

Fall 2020 Semester

Prioritizing the health and safety of our Susquehanna community, Susquehanna is adjusting the academic calendar for fall 2020 instruction. Under this revised calendar, the semester will start one week early.

These adjustments will help to reduce the risk of infection associated with students returning to campus following break travel, while allowing us to offer 13 consecutive weeks of on-campus instruction and activities. 

Below is the revised Fall 2020 Academic Calendar:

View the full fall academic calendar here.

  • Move-in dates and times will be assigned at a later date, taking into consideration then-applicable social distancing guidance
  • Monday, Aug. 24 – Classes begin at 8 a.m. (Welcome Week kicks off the semester)
  • Friday, Oct. 9 – First seven-week classes end
  • (No fall midterm break)
  • Monday, Oct. 12 – Second seven-week classes begin
  • Friday, Nov. 20 – Last day of on-campus classes; Thanksgiving break begins 10 p.m.
  • Move-out dates and times will be assigned at a later date, taking into consideration then-applicable social distancing guidance
  • Monday, Nov. 30 – Classes resume remotely for remainder of semester
  • Friday, Dec. 4 – Classes end 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 5-6 – Reading Days
  • Monday, Dec. 7 – Finals begin remotely
  • Thursday, Dec. 10 – Finals end (Semester concludes)

Staggered Class Start Times

As an added measure of health and safety, we staggered the start times of classes this fall.  Classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are staggered by 5 minutes and classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays are staggered by 15 or 20 minutes. This will help us better practice physical distancing and is one of the many steps we are taking to try to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak to ensure an on-campus semester.

Event Changes


Spring 2021 Semester

View the full spring academic calendar here.

Jan. 25, Monday
Classes begin, 8 a.m.

April 30, Friday
Classes end, 10 p.m.

March 12, Friday
End of first 7-week courses

March 15, Monday         
Start of second 7-week courses

May 1-2, Saturday-Sunday
Reading Days

May 3-6, Monday-Thursday
Final examinations

May 15, Saturday
Conferring of degrees
Commencement Ceremony (pending federal and state health guidelines)

Staggered Class Start Times

As an added measure of health and safety, we staggered the start times of classes this fall.  Classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are staggered by 5 minutes and classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays are staggered by 15 or 20 minutes. This will help us better practice physical distancing and is one of the many steps we are taking to try to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak to ensure an on-campus semester.