Montana State University announced Friday that fall semester will begin two weeks early to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   The semester will begin Monday, August 17th, and will shift the semester's course load ahead by two-weeks.

Important dates for the adjusted 2020-21 academic calendar include:

  • Monday, Aug. 17 – first day of classes for fall semester.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 – last day of fall classes.
  • Sunday, Nov. 22 – fall commencement ceremony
  • Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 – first day of the spring semester.

MSU President Waded Cruzado made the calendar changes in coordination with student leaders, university planners, and campus, local and state health officials. The changes follow guidance from Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian that encouraged campuses to design an academic calendar that allowed for an earlier finish.

MSU President Waded Cruzado also stated:


Our students have told us that finding a safe way to provide on-campus, in-person education is their preference. These changes protect the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff while providing that quality educational experience.



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