Message from the Provost about spring 2021 plans

Published: October 09, 2020
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Dear Auburn Students, 

Many of you have inquired about the university’s spring 2021 plans. Given the success of the fall semester, thanks to you and the entire campus community, we are confident that with your continued adherence to safety protocols, Auburn can safely hold a spring 2021 semester that supports in-person teaching as our primary instructional delivery method.

  • Most classes will be offered in-person. Academic units will indicate the delivery method (also called ‘modality’) for each course section before spring registration, so you will know when you register how each course section will be delivered. Having this information prior to registering next month will help you build a spring schedule. Most classes, but not all, will be offered in-person. Read more about the different delivery methods here, and reach out to your academic advisor with questions you may have regarding spring registration.

  • Spring semester is currently scheduled to begin on Jan. 6, 2021. Additional details regarding the spring calendar, including spring break, will be announced no later than Nov. 24. We continue to explore opportunities for more on-campus experiences next semester. 

  • Our plans depend on your cooperation. Because they are working, the same safety protocols in place currently will apply to spring semester—including completing daily health checks, reducing classroom capacities, wearing face coverings, and practicing physical distancing, among others. Public health scenarios are directly impacted by our level of commitment to these important safety protocols. If conditions change, we will adjust our spring 2021 instructional plans accordingly. 

Thank you for your continued commitment to safeguarding the health of the campus community. Your efforts are a reminder that our students’ perseverance and collaboration are what make Auburn such a unique institution.

War Eagle, 

Bill Hardgrave


Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.