Fall 2020 Campus Reopening

The health, safety and welfare of our students, faculty, staff and local community is the number one shared priority as we look to manage operations during the global pandemic.

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  • Our updated approach, rooted in our Mission, provides flexibility for students and families to choose if they wish to attend remotely or on campus. Our Frequently Asked Questions cover many common questions. 
  • Our plans were developed by a campus-wide Pandemic Response Task Force, based on guidance from local, state and federal agencies. Read the Student Arrival & Return to Gonzaga Guide for details.
  • No matter the discipline or mode of course delivery, our goal is to continue to foster the tight-knit and supportive community that is a hallmark of the Gonzaga experience.
  • New Student Orientation and phased move-in will begin Wednesday, Aug. 26. Returning students who live on campus begin phased move-in Saturday, Aug. 29.
  • Undergraduate classes will begin Tuesday, Sept. 1 and conclude Friday, Dec. 11, with the last day of finals Friday, Dec. 18.
  • Students will have the option to return home for Thanksgiving break, or stay on campus through the end of the semester. All instruction after break will be distance delivery. We will ask students who elect to travel outside of Spokane County for the Thanksgiving Break not to return to campus for the remainder of the semester.

We believe that together, we can set the stage for a thoughtful and carefully managed educational experience.

See President McCulloh’s July 28 message regarding our approach to reopening for Fall 2020 for full details.

Student Arrival and Return to Gonzaga Guides

These guides detail the principles, expectations, and responsibilities of all students as we prepare for the Fall 2020 semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most common questions students and families have had about the University's plans for the Fall semseter and coronavirus response.

Town Hall Webinar Recordings

View the recordings of President McCulloh's two town halls for students and families, where discussed the University's approach to reopening and answered questions from participants.

  Recent Updates

August 4

  • Updated answer to "Since many classes will include a remote learning component, will Gonzaga offer tuition or other refunds and discounts?" in the Tuition & Finances group on the New & Returning Students page.
  • Added question "Does Gonzaga have a plan for on-campus work study students whose jobs have been affected by COVID? How is the work study program impacted if classes go online-only?" in the Tuition & Finances group on the New & Returning Students page.

July 31

July 28


July 24
Added Message from President McCulloh Regarding Plans for Fall Semester 2020 to Announcements & Messages

July 23
Updated the following in the Health and Safety FAQ:

  • Updated "If I am unable to arrive on campus in time for classes to begin and I do not want to defer my start, do I have the option to begin my first semester of courses for Fall 2020 online?"
  • Added "Can I defer attending admission to Gonzaga until Spring or Fall 2021 and still keep my scholarship?".

July 20
Updated the following in the Health and Safety FAQ:

  • "Should I wear a face covering?" and "Will PPE be supplied for students and employees?" updates to note that one face covering will be supplied for students.
  • "Are there confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus?" updated to reflect one confirmed case as of July 17, 2020.

July 17

July 16
Added the following to the Questions About Housing & Residence Life page:

  • "Will Plant Services deliver stored items to rooms prior to move-in?"
  • "Will students and parents be able to adjust their student’s assigned move-in date and time to avoid conflict with other summer plans, or if they have already made travel arrangements?"
  • "If the university goes online after Thanksgiving, will library and other academic support services still be available to students if they remain on campus?"
  • "If I am required to quarantine/isolate, will I be able to bring my Emotional Support Animal to the quarantine/isolation room?"

July 7

July 1
Added FAQ pages for International Students and University Events.

June 11-12
Updates to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

June 3
Added Important Message from President McCulloh Regarding Fall Semester 2020. View versions for:

April 27
Added Fall 2020 announcement to students & families.