Harvard, Princeton to reopen with many undergrads barred from campus housing because of the coronavirus

At Princeton, half of the undergrads will be invited back to the campus in New Jersey. First-year students and juniors will come in the fall, and sophomores and seniors in the spring. Most instruction will be remote, and Princeton will provide a 10 percent discount on tuition to all undergraduates no matter where they are living.

In March, most students at these Ivy League schools and elsewhere were forced to evacuate their dormitories and finish the spring term through remote learning. Now, educators are contemplating an extremely limited resumption of the campus experience, complete with masks, viral testing regimens, quarantine housing and a plethora of online classes.

“We determined that our fall plan must enable us to bring back as many students as possible while providing sufficient margin to accommodate an escalation in the prevalence of COVID-19 in our area,” Harvard said in a statement. “Anything less and we could find ourselves again facing the prospect of asking our students to leave, on short notice, prior to the end of the semester.”

The Harvard and Princeton plans resemble others that have been unveiled in recent days by prominent residential universities. But there are vast differences in approach among schools nationwide. Some are bringing nearly all students back to campus for at least some face-to-face instruction, while others are planning for nearly all courses to be remote.

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