Spring 2020 in the College

Information and resources dedicated to helping College students navigate the impact of COVID-19 on Spring Break and Spring Quarter

The University of Chicago is committed to supporting students as they navigate the many challenges that COVID-19 poses to their academic success and welfare during the Spring Quarter of 2020. This webpage provides the College community with an official and comprehensive source of information for our undergraduate students.


Financial Aid & Tuition

While all Spring Quarter courses will be taught remotely, courses will continue to fully satisfy degree requirements, regardless of the format and length. The Spring Quarter will count toward completion of all degree programs, with regular tuition rates.

We understand that remote instruction will not be the same as the on-campus experience.  Our faculty and other instructors are adapting their courses in creative ways and taking additional measures to teach and work remotely with students in this changed environment. The move to online education is a necessary response to the extraordinary public health crisis that we all face. We also understand that students may want to exercise their option to take a leave of absence.

As long as students maintain the same number of remote learning units/courses as originally planned, financial aid for tuition will not be impacted.

To learn more about resources in place for this transition, please review the following:

Housing & Dining

Comprehensive information about move-out, spring/summer storage, open residence halls and dining facilities and a number of other frequently asked questions is available on the Residence Hall Closure Updates page.

As directed by the Governor of Illinois, the University of Chicago will cease dine-in service for all on-campus dining halls and cafes for the duration of the quarter. For the latest information about the University’s continued provision of food service during Spring Break and Spring Quarter, and meal plans, visit the Dining website and the Maroon Dollars FAQs.

Resources for International Students

We realize that this is an enormously stressful time for many in our community of international students. We are maintaining a variety of support and resources to assist you during this time.

For visa, travel and immigration-related questions, visit the Office of International Affairs' FAQs on Coronavirus. If you have other questions and concerns, please email your designated OIA adviser

Academic Advising

Staff in the College Academic Advising Office stand ready to work with students to make sure their spring quarter is productive and that they continue to make progress in their academic journey. Advisers will be available to meet with all students in the College via phone or Zoom, and will no longer be holding in-person appointments in efforts to maintain the national guidelines for social distancing.

Appointments can be scheduled via collegescheduling.uchicago.edu/. Please note that an adviser on call will not be available remotely during spring quarter. Instead, students should reach out to their adviser directly or email collegeadvising@uchicago.edu.

See below for frequently asked enrollment questions.

You may contact your academic adviser directly (view the directory here) or email collegeadvising@uchicago.edu.

The add/drop deadline for Spring Quarter will account for the one-week delayed start to the quarter, remaining the Friday of third week (April 24, 2020).

Students can still add/drop classes until the Friday of the third week of the quarter (April 24, 2020).

Although classes have shifted to remote learning all other policies remain in place, meaning that College students must register full time with at least three classes (300 units).

We will not be increasing enrollments in courses. The teaching staff still have to support students and increasing their numbers increases their work and would affect their pedagogical goals.

Ordinarily, students may not enroll in courses whose class time overlaps given the expectation that all students attended courses for which they receive credit. With the move to remote classes for Spring Quarter, faculty are in the process of planning their online courses and determining whether all, or part of the class, will be offered asynchronous or synchronously. For that reason, we plan to hold off on accepting Simultaneous Enrollment petitions until the end of first week of Spring Quarter.

All general education courses must be taken for quality grades, and most courses satisfying requirements in the major must be taken for quality grades. However, some majors permit a limited number of P marks. Electives may be taken Pass/Fail. For P/F grading, the student and instructor must reach an informal agreement, at the discretion of the instructor and according to departmental policy. For questions, consult your academic adviser.

Students who do not wish to register for classes Spring Quarter may take a Leave of Absence. The deadline to take a leave is Friday, April 10. For additional information, including enrollment options for fourth years who have completed their course work, please see: https://college.uchicago.edu/advising/policies.



Maintaining continuity of education and research is of highest priority for the College during Spring Quarter 2020. Academic resources will remain available through remote means for coursework, independent research and many undergraduate research positions.

The University is moving to remote learning for all undergraduate and graduate courses for Spring Quarter 2020, which will begin April 6. The Learning Remotely website is a centralized source of general resources and information to support students in navigating the transition and maximizing the online educational experience, including tips for adjusting your learning strategy, tutoring programs, well-being services, Title IX guidance, and information for students with disabilities and international students.

The University of Chicago remains deeply committed to international education, and planning remains underway for Study Abroad programs in Summer 2020 and beyond. In light of the current COVID-19 impact on nations worldwide, our office will continue to closely monitor developments regarding health and safety over the coming months. We understand there is uncertainty about feasibility of travel and questions remain about how long COVID-19 will impact international mobility, which is impossible to know at this time. We expect to proceed with all our usual planning efforts for programs scheduled during Summer and Autumn 2020 quarters, with a longer-term view toward Winter and Spring 2021.

For more information, reference Study Abroad's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update.

The College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) will continue to advise students on undergraduate research opportunities, grant processes, and major national fellowships throughout Spring Quarter. All Spring Quarter workshops are now available online and students can register here: https://ccrf.uchicago.edu/information-sessions-workshops-and-series. To set up remote advising appointments with the CCRF, visit https://ccrf.uchicago.edu/contact-us.

For more information about policies pertaining to research grants and opportunities facilitated by the CCRF, please visit CCRF Advising, Support, and Updates: Spring Quarter 2020.  The unit's recommendations for its undergraduate research programs have been made based on the Provost's Research Continuity statement. 

The Regenstein Library will close for two weeks beginning Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m. All other campus libraries are closed. The Library has extended due dates and will continue to offer online services to University of Chicago community. For updates, read the Library’s coronavirus updates page.

Currently Summer Quarter and Summer Language Institute courses will proceed as planned. Updates will be provided throughout the Spring Quarter through the College Dean of Students office.


    Student Services

    Continuing to provide students with access to wellness resources and emergency support remains a priority, both for the large number of students who will remain in Hyde Park and those who will not. Remote options will allow students to connect with staff members through the end of Winter Quarter and continuing on through Spring.


    • Student Health and Counseling Services has shifted primarily to virtual operations, and has expanded options for telehealth and teletherapy. Our services remain available to students, as our clinicians in the Student Health Service and Student Counseling Service have moved to delivering care over the phone or via Zoom. 
    • In order to practice social distancing and minimize the chance of exposure to staff and students, Student Health Service is not accepting walk-in visits at this time. Please check the Wellness site regularly for updates.
    • For appointments or medical advice, including questions about COVID-19, please call Student Health Service at 773.702.4156 for a telehealth appointment with one of our clinicians. If you have any symptoms of an upper respiratory illness, be sure to indicate this when you call.
    • Student Counseling Service urges you to attend to your mental well-being and to reach out to us for support during these challenging times. For all inquiries, call 773.702.9800. Students needing urgent mental health care can speak with clinicians over the phone 24/7 by calling the SCS at 773.702.3625.
    • U-SHIP coverage is valid globally. Check the student insurance website for full details.

    Due to the heightened safety guidelines around social distancing, the Center for College Student Success is moving to supporting students remotely until further notice. While it will be an adjustment not seeing you all in-person or within the CCSS Lounge, know we are still here to support you and can be reached by email and through appointments via Skype, Zoom, or phone. Please click here to schedule an appointment.

    There will also be opportunities to engage and build community virtually with the CCSS community through forums, study breaks, and fun challenges to keep us connected. Please stay tuned by following CCSS on social media and by reviewing our newsletters. If there are questions or suggestions for engagement, do not hesitate to contact us at ccss@uchicago.edu.  

    For more information view the CCSS COVID-19 Update.

    The Provost has announced the University’s plan to support students who hold hourly Federal Work-Study or non-Work-Study jobs for Spring Quarter. 

    We encourage those students who have secured hourly jobs for Spring Quarter to discuss with their supervisors ways in which they can conduct their jobs or other needed work remotely. Students with hourly jobs who are able to work remotely will be paid as previously agreed upon with their supervisors based on hours worked.

    In the event that students are unable to work remotely, the University will help mitigate the impact by making a payment equivalent to six weeks of pay based on projected hours indicated by the supervisor.

    If remote work is not possible or the position can’t move forward as planned, Career Advancement is also happy to help students find another opportunity – please schedule an appointment with a career adviser through UChicago Handshake. 

    Students who are paid by lump-sum stipends should check in with their supervisor or the appropriate grant program administrator with questions about funding.

    Career Advancement will be here to support you throughout Spring Quarter and beyond, no matter where you are in the world.

    During Spring Quarter, you’ll continue to have access to personalized career advising, opportunities to interact with employers, and hands-on professional experiences. These resources include:

    The Dean-on-Call and Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call programs will continue to remain available to students during remote learning.


    Student Life

    The College is currently working to launch virtual programming for Spring Quarter and will share more information in the coming weeks.

    Convocation: We expect to be able to provide an update on June Convocation events no later than April 15. Visit convocation.uchicago.edu for more information.

    Ratner Athletics Center and Henry Crown Field House will close beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, April 5 for recreational use. Re-opening or extending the closure after April 5 will be communicated at the end of March. If Ratner is re-opened in the Spring Quarter, Summer Interim Hours will be used, and Henry Crown will remain closed. Effective immediately, all FitChicago classes will be canceled through Sunday, April 5. A decision on whether or not to restart classes to coincide with the delayed start of the Spring Quarter on Monday, April 6 will be made soon. For updates, check the UChicago Athletics facilities page.

    As a precautionary measure, all RSO activity will be suspended effective immediately, through the end of the Spring Quarter. This includes on-campus events and services, hosting or attending off-campus programs, RSO travel, financial transactions, and other RSO-specific programs and initiatives. 

    For more information, view the Center for Leadership & Involvement's update on COVID-19 Measures and RSO Activities.

    The University of Chicago has canceled all spring seasons. For more information, read UChicago Athletics’ announcement.


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