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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates | Fall 2021 Plans

UNC is planning to return to a full schedule of in-person courses for the fall 2021 semester and restoring activities and events that will allow students to enjoy experiential learning, campus life and community engagement opportunities.

We are working closely with state officials to monitor developments related to COVID-19 and will continue to take preventative measures including increased cleaning of campus buildings, mask wearing , social distancing requirements and more.

Fall 2021 Plans Communication

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

Important Dates

Keep the following dates in mind as your prepare for the fall 2021 semester:

Course Registration

  • Apr. 5 - Registration opens at 7 a.m. for all graduate students.
  • Apr. 6 - Registration opens for undergraduate students (with 105 earned credits and above)

Housing & Move-in

Academic Calendar

  • Aug. 23 - Classes begin
  • Sept. 6 - Labor Day (UNC Closed)
  • Nov. 24 - 28 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 6 - 10 - Finals Week

Professor in the classroom

Academic Instruction

  • The fall 2021 academic calendar will proceed as normal with classes beginning on Aug. 23.
  • Majority of courses will be taught in a traditional, face-to-face format.
  • A small percent of courses will be offered online or a mixed format (combining in-person and online delivery)
  • Classrooms and other spaces on-campus will return to pre-COVID occupancy but will follow guidance from local and state public health authorities.

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Increase cleaning

Campus Health and Safety

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority.  We are closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and taking preventative measures including social distancing and increased cleaning of campus buildings. Our UNC community has been very successful in limiting disease transmission on our campus. Our Student Health Center has either vaccinated or helped facilitate the vaccination of over 1,000 of our UNC community members, and hundreds more have been vaccinated through other providers. Now that the vaccine is available to everyone 16 and over in Colorado and it’s anticipated that vaccine will be widely available by the start of summer, we estimate the bulk of our campus community will have immunity by the fall, further reducing the risk of disease transmission. 

As we move closer to our Fall 2021 full on-campus experience, we will evaluate our policies to ensure they are aligned with best practices for maintaining the health and safety of our community. We remain committed to keeping our community connected, safe and supported with every decision we make. 

Course Registration

This fall you'll connect with UNC faculty in the classroom for an education that not only prepares you for your future career, but sets you apart from the crowd with undergraduate research opportunities.

Current Bears

Course registration for the fall semester begins for graduate students on Monday, April 5.

Undergraduate students will first be able to register for courses on Tuesday, April 6.

View full registration schedule

Confirmed Bears

New Bears must meet with their advisor before registering for classes. Select your college below to access your advising portal and learn more:

College of Education & Behavioral Sciences 
Humanities and Social Sciences
Monfort College of Business
Natural Health Sciences
Performing & Visual Arts 
Soar (Exploring)

Transfer Bears

If you are transferring to UNC, schedule an appointment with your advisor before registering for classes. Begin by selecting your college below:

College of Education & Behavioral Sciences 
Humanities and Social Sciences
Monfort College of Business
Natural Health Sciences 
Performing & Visual Arts
Soar (Exploring)

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions and we've got answers. Check out our FAQ webpage for more information about our operations, policies and procedures as we return to a full in-person experience this fall.

Living On Campus


UNC's Residences Hall will return to nearly full capacity in fall 2021. When you live on-campus you'll make life-long friends and discover a sense of community that makes UNC home.

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Holmes Dining Hall


Dining facilities will continue to offer a variety of dining options for students and plan to increase in-person dining location options across campus.

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Student Life

We'll be returning to a more traditional delivery of campus life that inspires you academically, intellectually, socially and emotionally. With opportunities to get involved and resources to help you thrive, you're sure to feel right at home. UNC Student Experiences

Day of Music

Prospective Bears

Visit Campus

Visit UNC

Explore our campus first-hand through on-campus or virtual visit tours and events.

Confirmr your spot

Confirm Your Spot

Confirm your spot to officially become a Bear and join us on campus in the fall.

Attend Orientation

Attend Orientation

Learn about UNC resources and get connected to other new UNC students.

Bear Welcome Week & Fall Activities

UNC can't wait to welcome you back to campus with a week full of fun, in-person events. Stay tuned for more details!

Taste of UNC Events

Taste of UNC & Bear Fest

August 19

Kick-off the semester by checking out all UNC Dining Services has to offer with food tents full of variety! Then join the crowd at Bear Fest and win some UNC swag!

Rec Fest


August 20

Join us for food, fun, music and prizes! Campus Recreation programs will be hosting tables where you can learn more about what the rec center offers!

Bear Welcome

Northern at Night

August 21

Northern at Night is a giant block party to welcome all our Bears back on campus. Join us for food, inflatables, henna tattoos, caricature artists, and more!

Student Involvement Fair

Student Involvement Fair

August 22

Get to know Student Organizations, Faith Based Groups, Campus Resources, and Community Organizations by visiting displays and talking to student members about how to get involved!

Greek Life at UNC

Greek Life Recruitment

Get involved on campus through Fraternity and Sorority Life that fosters growth and development among students while forming lifelong bonds through academic, personal, social, and service-based programming.

UNC football game

UNC Athletics

Athletics will have a full schedule of games starting with football, volleyball and soccer in the fall. We look forward to having fans back to cheer on the Blue and Gold next year.