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US universities began shifting to remote learning in light of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
Some universities, like Harvard, are planning for another remote semester, while others, like Rice, expect to reopen campus with social distancing regulations in place.
Others, like Stanford, have already come out with developing semester plans that include significant changes like taking final exams remotely and limiting on-campus instruction.
Here’s what the top 25 US colleges and universities have discussed for fall 2020 reopening plans so far.
To inform our list, Business Insider used education research firm Quacquarelli Symonds’ first-ever US specific ranking of the best colleges and universities in 2020.
Business Insider used Niche’s net price calculation for each school, which is the average cost of tuition after financial aid reported by each college in 2019.
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25. University of Texas at Austin
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Location: Austin, Texas

Net price: $14,156

COVID-19 updates: A June 8 update shared that all students and faculty will be required to wear a face mask or covering inside buildings on campus and that the university is working on a plan for voluntary coronavirus testing for students. 

A previous update confirmed that remote coursework will be available.

In May the school announced that the fall semester will begin on campus on August 26, and continue till Thanksgiving. After that, all courses will be conducted remotely.

Read more about the University of Texas’ coronavirus response here

24. University of Washington
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Location: Seattle, Washington

Net price: $9,765

COVID-19 updates: In a May 28 update, the University of Washington stated that it plans to announce its recommendations for operating in the fall by late June to early July.

In a virtual town hall meeting on May 1, President Ana Mari Cauce said that the University of Washington plans to reopen its campuses for in-person coursework in the fall, and may do so for the second half of summer classes as well. 

Changes to the fall semester might include some remote coursework, coronavirus testing, contact tracing, and health surveillance in the dorms, she said.

Read more about the University of Washington’s coronavirus response here

23. Georgetown University

Location: Washington, DC

Net price: $27,420

COVID-19 updates: In a letter dated May 12 detailing the school’s financial response to the pandemic, Georgetown University President John DeGioia told the Georgetown community that the school will cut spending on new buildings and grounds, hold salary increases, and suspend contributions to retirement plans for the upcoming fiscal year. DeGioia also mentioned that 54 administrative employees volunteered to reduce their salaries for the upcoming fiscal year.

DeGioia said he’d share plans for the fall semester in his next letter.

Read more about Georgetown University’s coronavirus response here

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