Spring 2021 FAQs

Please note that these FAQs are subject to change based on the evolving public health situation. For the latest, bookmark and revisit this site regularly, remember to pay attention to campus email communications with important information, and also visit the campus Coronavirus information site.

Also, read the most recent campus communication on the Spring 2021 semester

 

What are the current instruction plans for Spring 2021?

Our planning for the spring semester will be very similar to that of the fall semester. We will begin the semester with fully remote delivery of instruction for at least two weeks. This will allow any students returning to campus to self-sequester for 7-10 days. After that, the considerable majority of classes will continue to be delivered remotely, including all large courses. 

At this time, we plan to offer limited in-person instruction, and those instructional activities being considered will be noted by Thursday, Oct. 1 in the online schedule of classes. Any in-person instructional activity will be limited to 25 students. Almost all courses will be made available in a fully remote format if public health conditions dictate that no in-person instruction is permissible.
 

Will there be in-person classes for Spring 2021?

At this time, we plan to offer limited in-person instruction, and those instructional activities being considered will be noted by Thursday, Oct. 1 in the online schedule of classes. Any in-person instructional activity will be limited to 25 students. Almost all courses will be made available in a fully remote format if public health conditions dictate that no in-person instruction is permissible.
 

Will I need to be on-campus for classes in Spring 2021?

No. Students will not be required to take in-person classes or to be present on campus for the spring semester. Almost all academic offerings, including those with in-person instructional activities, will also be delivered remotely. For the small number of courses that will only be offered in person if public health conditions allow, departments are ensuring that other classes are available that can be substituted so that students can continue to make progress towards their degrees. Talk to your advisor for guidance. Students who require disability-related accommodations for classes, whether online or in person, can contact the Disabled Students’ Program.

You can read more about our guiding principles and the criteria being used for in-person instruction in the Spring 2021 Instruction Planning Guidelines.
 

Can I live on campus in Spring 2021?

Yes - Cal Housing options will be available (see housing.berkeley.edu/fall2020covid). 

We recognize that many students don’t have a viable alternative to living in on-campus housing. For these students, we plan to continue to offer the option to live in our on-campus residence halls, apartment-style options for both undergraduates and graduates, and family housing (for those with spouses/partners, children or other dependents). Students who were given priority for on-campus housing in the fall will be given priority again in the spring.

Currently, our residential halls only offer single-occupancy rooms. We have the capacity to house additional students in single occupancy rooms and may evaluate the feasibility of increasing the density to allow for some double-occupancy rooms if public health conditions allow. In addition, we will continue to offer apartment-style housing and family housing with no change in capacity. We will provide more information as we get closer to the spring semester.
As noted above, all students living in residential halls will be required to be tested prior to move-in and adhere to a sequestration period of 7-10 days followed by additional mandatory regular testing. We will continue to reserve space for quarantine and isolation purposes.
 

Are there any changes to tuition and fees as a result of any changes from a “typical” year?

No. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction.