Babson announces calendar changes for the 2020-21 school year


As part of the ongoing planning of a fall return, Babson College announced changes to its 2020-2021 curriculum academic year calendar which aim to limit the exposure of the community to coronavirus while offering a full semester of instruction.

These changes include an earlier undergraduate course start date and virtual undergraduate final exams after the Thanksgiving break.

A comprehensive but scalable plan will be shared by July 1. Babson College will take into consideration the progress made in the Massachusetts reopening plan as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and respectful public health organizations.

“An important strategy for maintaining the health of our community is to minimize interactions outside of our campus throughout the semester,” said President Stephen Spinelli Jr. MBA’92, PhD in community message on June 5th. “We continue to plan and prepare for the fall semester with two guiding principles: the health and well-being of our community, and maintaining academic continuity for our students. “

Undergraduate school

Face-to-face undergraduate courses will start on August 24 and end on November 19. The university residences will close on November 28. Final exams will be held online the week after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Classes will be held on Labor Day (September 7) and Columbus / Indigenous Peoples Day (October 12). Students will be encouraged to minimize in-person interactions outside of our communities throughout the semester.

Students are urged to remain flexible with teaching methods, as some classes may need to be shifted depending on the circumstances.

Further details on registration will be forthcoming.

The doctoral school

Face-to-face classes will start on August 31.

The graduate course catalog will be published on June 8, with the understanding that course formats are subject to change. Registrations will open the second week of July.

The Dean’s Office will review elective course registrations after second-year MBA, part-time MBA, and certificate in advanced management students complete their registration.

The College continues to assess whether graduate students will return to campus or be completely removed after the Thanksgiving break. This decision should be made before enrolling in the course and, again, plans are in place for a variety of delivery methods if formats change based on public health requirements.

Study abroad programs

Fall 2020 study abroad programs have been canceled. Affected students have been contacted directly, and anyone with questions about studying abroad or re-enrolling for fall courses is urged to contact the Glavin’s Office of International Education or class deans.

Opportunities to stay connected

While the full college plan will be released on July 1, Babson College students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend upcoming community forums where they will receive an overview for the fall semester and an update on decisions that have been made and what remains to be done. come. The dates and times are as follows:

  • Undergraduates and Families: Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m. ET
  • Teachers and staff: Wednesday, June 17 at 9:45 a.m.ET
  • New Undergraduates and Families: Thursday, June 18 at 11 a.m. ET
  • Graduate students: coming soon

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