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How Will College Change in the Fall?

Keep reading to learn about the question marks surrounding the coming semester.

As the coronavirus continues to be extremely prevalent on our radar, the fall college semester sneaks up on us with many questions. Most of these questions surround the ways in which college life will change. As students and faculty prepare to return, the ways in which college life will become more apparent. 

College Orientation

Typically, orientation is focused on welcoming the new freshman to campus. This could consist of large opening meetings, group introductions/activities, and/or group outings. However, CDC guidelines encourage gatherings to be limited and/or including physical barriers. That being said, orientation will most definitely be different this fall. Freshman will likely be in small groups while also participating in online orientation.

Classroom Settings

The classroom is a place for students to discuss, connect, and learn. Unfortunately, the classroom setting will inevitably be modified. CDC guidelines recommend spacing desks at least six feat apart and maintaining physical distance with the use of barriers. Thus, students who opt for hands on learning may struggle with engagement.

Research shows that hands on learning can be extremely powerful, as it offers students the chance to be an active participant and be more engaged and comfortable. Evidently, teachers should consider this when constructing their semester plans.

Online Classes

As mentioned above, the classroom setting will definitely be altered. Furthermore, many colleges have chosen to transition to fully online classes. For example, Harvard, Princeton, and Georgetown have all announced they will be going online in the fall. Again, this may prove to be difficult for many students. While some people can adapt easily, others will run into challenges such as maintaining a schedule, finding motivation, and maintaining optimism. 

Residence Halls

Most colleges, in an effort to maintain safety, are limiting the number of students who live on campus. While many colleges are attempting to limit the number of rooms with more than one or two students, others are making adjustments to the halls such as assigning students to specific showers and sinks. Although the resident halls are often a place where freshman can meet other new students, colleges will be following the recommendations to limit gatherings.

Campus Dining

Many dining plans include buffet meals or self-serving buffets. Furthermore, most universities aim to have dining halls that hold the maximum number of students. CDC guidelines recommend changing dining policies; for instance, many colleges will offer grab and go options, individually served meals, or pre-packaged meals. In addition, in order to maintain space, there will be a limited number of seating options and available dining time. Finally, some colleges are expanding their dining areas through tents, while some utilize technology to allow students to make reservations. 

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