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Academic Schedule

(Last updated July 8, 2020)

Clark’s Modified Academic Calendar

Clark University will modify its academic calendar to reduce exposure during flu season when health experts anticipate cases of COVID-19 to increase again.

View full 2020-21 academic calendar on Registrar’s Office website

Off-campus leases: Students who live off campus may need to provide a provide a letter to their landlord from Clark University to request a change in their off-campus leases from May 31, 2021, to a later date in June 2021. Jack Foley, vice president for government and community affairs, has written a letter that students may provide to landlords.

Download landlord letter

Fall Semester (13 weeks of instruction)

(Last updated July 24, 2020)

  • Fall classes will begin August 24, 2020.
  • All “pre-semester programming” (e.g., orientation, PM training, ACE) will be done online.
  • Move-in: August 15-21, 2020.
  • Testing protocols and phased-arrival for testing take precedence over other scheduling of early arrival.
  • Clark will hold classes on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020.
  • We will not have an October fall break.
  • Face-to-face instruction will end ahead of the Thanksgiving Break (Friday, November 20, 2020). Students will move home at that time.
  • A “course completion week,” replacing final exams, will take place Monday, November 30, to Friday, December 4.

Winter Intersession

(Last updated July 14, 2020)

  • Clark will run an intersession term from January 4 to February 12, 2021.
  • We will have a modest number of online undergraduate courses during intersession, including approximately 30 one-unit, undergraduate-only courses that will satisfy various undergraduate requirements (PLS, major). In the coming weeks, we will work with academic departments in the coming weeks to schedule these courses.
  • We also will have a small number of Clark Commons courses, which are half-unit interdisciplinary courses taught by a cross-section of Clark faculty members.
  • For graduate students in professional programs (School of Management; International Development, Community, and Environment; School of Professional Studies), there will be more course offerings. Some of these — 200- and 300-level courses — will also be open to undergraduates.
  • Undergraduate students who are full-time in the fall will be allowed to take one 1-unit course and one half-unit Clark Commons course without paying any additional tuition.
  • Undergraduate students who are part-time in the fall will pay a per-course rate for intersession courses.

Spring (14 weeks of instruction)

(Last updated July 18, 2020)

  • Move-in: February 18-20, 2021 (we have not yet determined the need for testing upon arrival or for moving back to campus by appointment)
  • First Day of Classes: Monday, February 22, 2021
  • Spring break will be eliminated.
  • Last Day of Classes: Friday, May 28, 2021
  • Last Day of Exams: Friday, June 4, 2021
  • Move-out: Friday, June 4-6, 2021
  • Commencement: Sunday, June 20, 2021

Online offerings

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

For some Clark University students, returning to campus for in-person courses is not an option, including students whose health profiles place them at higher risk for infection, students facing travel restrictions, students not able to obtain visas, and students who conclude they are not ready to return to campus at this time. Where possible, the University seeks to offer opportunities for these students to continue their education online. Clark is developing an inventory of undergraduate courses that faculty will offer in online format:

  • Online course pathways for new first-year undergraduates, focused on completing Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) requirements and introductory survey courses.
  • Options for PLS courses for each perspective.
  • A minimum of two upper-level courses within each major.

These courses can be supplemented by Consortium courses and directed studies courses offered online. We anticipate that the majority of master’s degree courses will be available online.