NHCUC Member Institutions

Fall 2020 Re-Opening Plans

Antioch University New England:

AUNE, like the rest of Antioch University will not be returning to “normal” business operations. Instead AUNE will be operating on a limited basis for on-campus academic programming as well as student service support functions. Limited means that many courses and programs will to continue to operate as remote teaching and learning experiences for students while others will be offered in hybrid fashion utilizing a combination of remote and face-to-face instruction. Visit for more information.

Colby-Sawyer College:

Fall semester to take place over 12-week span. The college will implement a 12-week fall semester with in-person instruction to begin on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, and conclude Tuesday, Nov. 24. Students will be asked to leave campus prior to Thanksgiving, and will complete final exams virtually Dec. 2-5. A recess previously scheduled for Oct. 12—16 will no longer occur. In instances where government ordinances do not allow an entire class to meet at once, students will be asked to alternate between in-person and Zoom attendance. Visit for more information.

Community College System of NH:

As CCSNH and its colleges resume on-site learning and operations, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is paramount.  We are committed to establishing methods for maintaining safe and healthy learning and working environments conducive to providing quality programs and services while mitigating concerns and unsafe conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit for more information.

Franklin Pierce University:

FPU announced that students will return to the 1,200 acre campus in Rindge, N.H. for the fall term. Work is also underway at the university’s academic centers to renew some clinical rotations and hands-on labs for its Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Physician Assistant Studies programs. Classes begin on August 20th. Visit for more information.

Granite State College:

GSC is 100% online so students will experience no disruptions this fall. Campus teams are working remotely and this will continue through December 15, 2020. Visit for more information.

Hellenic American University:

Visit for updates on the fall semester as they are announced.

Keene State College:

Keene State College is planning to re-open campus in the fall to welcome back students, faculty, and staff. Classes begin August 31st. The academic calendar has been adjusted so that all classes start remotely on August 24, while in-person classes will begin August 31. Courses will continue as scheduled during Fall Break and Labor Day, rather than closing the College. Students will complete the semester with remote classes and finals after Thanksgiving break, and students will not return to campus for the rest of the Fall term. Visit for more information.

MCPHS University:

MCPHS University announced that it would reopen in Fall 2020 with a hybrid on-campus and online format. MCPHS will offer Flexplan 2020, their reopening plan for the fall. MCPHS has put in place rigorous COVID-19 testing protocols to ensure the health and safety of the University community and to help make the Flexplan 2020 reopening a success. The on-campus portion of the fall semester will begin on September 2nd and end on November 24th (the Thanksgiving break) with the last two weeks of the semester being completed remotely. Certain programs, especially those with clinical requirements, may bring students back to campus prior to September 2nd and continue on campus after the Thanksgiving break in order to keep students on track with their program requirements. Please visit as plans develop for the fall.

New England College:

NEC’s Henniker and Manchester campuses will be open for in-person learning this fall and are considering a range of approaches that prioritize safety, flexibility, and academic quality. All community members planning on teaching, learning, or working on either Campus will be tested prior to the start of classes on August 24, 2020. Throughout the move in process testing will be available on campus for our students. Visit for more information.

Plymouth State University:

Plymouth State’s Fall Opening Task Force is planning for students’ safe return to campus this fall. The Task Force is working closely with the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) to develop an approach to enable students to return to all system campuses safely. Fall semester classes will begin on Monday, August 24, (both online and in-person) and run through Thursday, November 19, 2020. Many classes will be available in both in-person and online formats to accommodate students who may need to attend remotely. Finals will run from Friday, November 20–Tuesday, November 24. Fall 2020 concludes on Tuesday, November 24. All students return home until Spring 2021 begins on Monday, January 18, 2021. Visit for more information.

Rivier University:

The University will welcome new and returning students to campus this fall for face-to-face instruction and a student residential experience. Rivier employees will return to campus throughout the summer following a phased-reopening plan. The University has modified the Academic Calendar to reduce the number of times residential students would normally depart and return to campus.  Undergraduate classes begin September 9th. Face-to-face classes will conclude on November 24th and all instruction will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 18. Visit for more information.

Saint Anselm College:

SAC announced that on-campus classes will resume on Aug. 19 with an adjusted academic calendar for the fall semester. The college intends to bring students back in a phased-in manner approximately 10 days before the first day of classes, with an extensive health and safety protocol to be followed by all members of the campus community. The school calendar will include beginning classes two weeks earlier than normal. In-person instruction will conclude on Nov. 20 when students depart for Thanksgiving break; classes will resume from home on Nov. 30 followed by review sessions, reading days, and final exams conducted virtually. Plans are underway for a more robust winter session, which usually occurs during winter break, and the spring semester. It is likely we will have an expanded J-term and begin the on-ground spring semester later than usual. Visit for more information.

Southern New Hampshire University:

Southern New Hampshire University announced its decision to extend remote learning for campus students through the Fall 2020 semester due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this shift, SNHU will reduce undergraduate campus tuition to its online rates ($960/3-credit course) for all campus students moving to remote learning for the fall. Visit for more information.

University of New Hampshire:

UNH is preparing to welcome students back to our campuses in Durham, Manchester and Concord for a COVID-19-ready fall semester. Informed by the latest science, public health guidance and ideas from our university community, UNH is developing a flexible, in-person fall 2020 experience designed to keep our community safe, ensure access and quality for our students, and move our community forward. The semester will start as currently scheduled with the first day of classes on August 31 (Aug. 24 for UNH Law). UNH will maximize class time prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and will cancel fall holidays and use them as instruction days. Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving and will complete the last 10 days of the semester and final exams remotely and faculty will build this into their syllabi. Visit for more information.

FALL 2020

Students are encouraged to visit for information regarding re-opening plans as well as virtual campus tour links for all NHCUC member institutions.