Supporting Your Success

Message to Students about Spring

All spring semester classes begin remotely on Jan. 19, 2021, with a plan to return to scheduled in-person courses on Feb. 15. Penn State is focused on supporting students and helping them meet their desired educational outcomes no matter the method of delivery. We’re here to support your success. Advisers are available to assist students.

More information about the University decision to begin the spring 2021 semester remotely:
Penn State to begin spring semester remotely, delay in-person classes



View the spring registration schedule made available by the Registrar. Registering as soon as you are eligible will help ensure that you can schedule the classes you need.

The health and well-being of the Penn State community is our first priority as we look forward to welcoming students back to Penn State York this spring. Penn State has taken a robust public-health- and science-based approach to inform how it will manage social distancing, limit the size of events, and provide learning environments that are as safe as reasonably possible. Penn State will meet or exceed the expectations for colleges and universities that have been outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for returning students to campus.

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health guidelines, wearing face masks and adhering to social distancing practices, including maintaining six feet of physical distance between another person, are critical components in helping to maintain the health and safety of the entire campus community. Students, faculty and staff are expected to practice social distancing and wear face masks in classrooms, labs, offices, dining and retail facilities, public spaces, and while walking and traveling on campuses. Face masks will be provided to students who are not wearing one to campus.

Course Delivery

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Due to the number of students registered for courses and the size of classrooms, necessary changes are being made to the academic schedule to focus on enhancing safety and lowering the risk of spread of the virus. Course delivery will occur through a highly flexible mix of in-person, remote, and online instruction throughout the semester. View a description of these modes.

Please note: When checking your courses in LionPath, please review all components of the course to ensure you are viewing the complete mix of delivery formats. In LionPath, be sure to click on “Class Schedule,” the word “More,” select Spring Term, and then continue to see all components for your classes.

All spring semester classes begin remotely on Jan. 19, 2021, with a plan to return to those courses scheduled as in-person on Feb. 15. Campus-based residential instruction will end Friday, April 30, with finals set for May 3–7. To minimize travel and lower the risk of spreading coronavirus on campuses, there is no spring break week.

For those students who are immunocompromised or at-risk, the University will work with you to develop appropriate accommodations. For students who are unable to return to any campus this spring or are unable to wear a face mask due to medical conditions, there are flexible options so that you can continue to make progress toward your degree.

If you are a returning student and would like to discuss your options, please contact your academic adviser or Advising and Career Development at Penn State York.

If you are a new incoming student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, please contact the York Admissions Team at 717-771-4040 or via email at [email protected].

If you are a new international student, please visit Penn State Global or contact the Office of Global Programs at 814-865-7681 for more information. You can also find information specific to the York campus in our Pre-Arrival Guide.

The Penn State York Virtual New Student Welcome is set for Friday, January 15, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please contact the Penn State York Student Affairs office at 717-771-4045 for more information.

A student studying in the Conference Center Remote Learning Room.

Students looking for a place to attend a Zoom class, study, or work in-between classes can visit Penn State York’s Remote Learning Room (Zoom Room), located on the lower floor of the Main Classroom Building in the Conference Center beginning Feb. 15. Students must wear a face mask and use headphones. Students needing information technology support can visit the computer labs in the M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center beginning Jan. 19.

Credit: Barb Dennis