Franklin & Marshall College students and faculty are excited to begin the spring semester after an extended winter break. College personnel tested and moved in more than 1,100 students over a four-day span, starting Jan. 28, just before a nor’easter blanketed the campus in snow.
As was the case in fall, there are one-third fewer students on campus than in a normal year; 1,388 students are in residence or are commuting to campus for Module 3 classes, which began Feb. 1. The majority of first-year students and many international students are studying remotely. For the duration of the term, all students learning and living on campus will be tested for COVID-19 at a regularly scheduled time twice a week, following the recommendation of the American College Health Association.
Academic courses are a combination of virtual and in-person classes; others are 100 percent online. In-person campus classes require strict health protocols, including mask-wearing and physical distancing.
The campus has adjusted student life and co-curricular activities. Most gatherings will occur in virtual spaces. Intercollegiate athletics competitions remain canceled or delayed.
“Despite the constraints and many challenges of living and learning in the midst of a pandemic, let us also remember that there is much to be proud of and look forward to. We have persisted in our pursuit of excellence and set a foundation for a great spring term."