Columbia College plans to welcome students back on campus for the Fall Semester for in-seat classes, President Scott Dalrymple announced today. Social distancing, wearing of masks, deep cleaning and several other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be implemented.

In-seat instruction will begin on August 31 with a virtual option for some classes, and will continue until Thanksgiving break, which starts on November 20. Classes will then transition to an all-virtual platform beginning November 30 through the remainder of the semester, including finals. The Fall Semester will conclude on December 17 and plans are still in place to host two commencement ceremonies on December 19 in Columbia, subject to guidance from health officials. During Thanksgiving break, all students will completely move out of the residence halls so there can be a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of campus before the Spring Semester begins.

“We are committed to offering our students the excellent in-seat, residential experience we always have,” said Dalrymple. “We are hopeful that all will go smoothly, but as we’ve seen, things can change quickly. Our faculty members are ready to shift to fully virtual instruction should that be required for the health and safety of our campus community.”

Details for in-seat classes at the college’s locations around the country will be determined on a location-by-location basis, but in-seat instruction is scheduled to begin on August 31 as well. Additional information will be posted at during the upcoming months.

The college’s Admissions team is currently offering virtual tours of the main campus and will begin hosting in-person tours starting June 1. Prospective students can register for a tour at