The College is working to create the conditions for a safe reopening of campus for the Spring 2021 semester. Please read the full announcement from President Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN below.

Message from the President: Spring 2021 Planning Update

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

Even as we hear about the many ways our faculty and students are engaging virtually, we recognize how important it is to bring our community back to 400 The Fenway for the Spring 2021 semester.

Currently, the College is working to create the conditions for a safe reopening of classrooms, residence halls and common spaces in January. In collaboration with the Cambridge-based Broad Institute, we have implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 testing plan. In the coming weeks we will provide weekly communications on additional topics we know are on your minds, including:

  • Academic calendar
  • Instructional format
  • Residence hall opening and housing priorities
  • COVID-19 testing specifics
  • Protocols for physical distancing, isolation/quarantine, contact-tracing, cleaning and de-densification in accordance with state guidelines

The Spring 2021 semester will now begin on Wednesday, January 27th, one week later than originally planned. To further ensure community health, we, like many colleges, will not have a spring break, although we are looking at the academic calendar to ensure “breathing time” throughout the semester.

Unless there are significant changes in external conditions, we will soon return to our Boston campus—which, thanks to the construction and upgrades of facilities we have completed in recent years, remains a modern setting for living and learning. We are grateful for your continued flexibility, and we will continue to send regular updates. 

Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN

Academics: Virtual Learning

As part of our effort to ensure the health and safety of our Emmanuel community, classes will be conducted 100% virtually for the fall 2020 semester. We have also revised the Fall Academic Calendar, which includes an earlier-than-usual start date for classes, Wednesday, August 26th. At this time, spring 2021 classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

For more details related to academics, access the Students and Families FAQs.

Our Common Commitment

The speed and magnitude of the changes we have seen in 2020 underscore the importance of an Emmanuel education. For over 100 years, we have equipped students with the skills and agility to succeed in a constantly shifting marketplace and to advance a better and more just society. This commitment is as strong as ever as we prepare students to thrive in the post-COVID era. In a similar sense, the challenges posed by the pandemic are casting a light on the values that have always characterized our community: empathy, respect, service, and concern for the common good. Together, let us continue to model these values to one another and to our world.

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