Fall 2021 Academic FAQs

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CSU will return to full University operations in the fall with a vast majority of our classes to be held in-person or face-to-face. The Office of the Registrar, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President and academic departments have partnered to move most of our online and hybrid classes back to fully in-person. CSU will have no physical distancing restrictions in classrooms for the Fall 2021 semester. However, the decision on requirements for masks is still pending and vaccinations are required (see Public Health Guidance).

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see FAQs regarding Academics, Student Life, Housing & Dining, Financial Aid, and Public Health below.


What can students expect for in-person learning in the Fall?
  • Currently, 87.6% of course sections will be held in CSU classrooms and be conducted fully in-person. Nearly 86% of all seats in classrooms will be face-to-face instruction.
  • The Office of the Registrar has added 97,686 face-to-face seats to the Fall 2021 class schedule.
  • The Office of the Registrar will continue partnering with academic departments to make additional changes as needs arise (as is done every summer), but the vast majority of class changes (as of May 28) are complete.
  • Continuing students should register by June 6 (prior to the start of Orientation) for the best class selection.
What if a student feels they need to request online instruction?
  • If a student has a documented disability that requires online instruction, they should reach out to the Student Disability Center for assistance.
  • If they do not have a documented disability, they should reach out to their faculty member to inquire if the faculty member is able to provide alternatives. Faculty are not required to offer multiple modes of instruction for students if the request is based on student preference.
What’s made this large shift to in-person learning possible? This is made possible by an increasingly favorable public health environment. Additionally, we took a big step forward with the announcement from the CSU System that CSU would require COVID vaccinations for students, faculty and staff for fall. As a result, President McConnell and the CSU Pandemic Preparedness Team gave the approval and guidance for our return our classrooms to full capacity for the fall (see Public Health Guidance).

Student Life, Housing & Dining

What can students expect for in-person experiences in University housing and across the University?

  • We anticipate full in-person capacity at The Rec and the return of intramural and sport clubs.
  • There will be expanded sit-down dining options across campus including dine-in seating in dining centers and the Lory Student Center.
  • University Housing will provide in-person community development and student learning initiatives, and residence halls and apartments will be open to guests.
  • There will be more in-person events across the University including with student organizations, cultural and resource centers, and campus activities.

Details about Move-In are available, including information for those who cannot arrive until after Aug. 18.

Financial Aid

Enrollment status impacts most financial aid programs. What should students know about their enrollment status and financial aid eligibility?

  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled at least half-time (six credits) to receive financial aid.
  • Many types of financial aid require full-time enrollment – this is particularly true with scholarships and grants (Pell being the one exception).
  • Financial aid eligibility is finalized by census; students should work to have their schedule finalized by this date to avoid impacts to financial aid.

Public Health Protocols and Resources

What are the requirements and protocols in the Fall for COVID vaccinations?

For information regarding vaccinations, please see our vaccines webpage.

What about requirements for masks, saliva screening and testing?

  • All public health requirements are published on the COVID site
  • Masks are not required outdoors on CSU campuses but are required in all indoor spaces through July 31.
  • Use of masks for classrooms, labs, studios, offices and other indoor spaces for the Fall 2021 semester (or beginning Aug. 1 and through the Fall) has yet to be determined by the Pandemic Preparedness Team.
  • Move-in saliva screening for all students will end Aug. 30.
  • CSU will have disinfecting stations in place outside classrooms and will continue to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing and testing to confirm possible exposure or suspected cases.
  • Students and employees are expected and required to report any COVID-19 symptoms to the University immediately through, as well as report exposures or positive tests from a non-CSU testing location. This can be done through the COVID Reporter

What mental health and basic needs resources are available for students?

As we emerge from the pandemic, we recognize that many students experienced significant impacts to their mental health and well-being over the last year and a half – not only from COVID, but also from racial injustice, the political environment, prolonged isolation/loneliness, economic uncertainty and other factors. 

There are a variety of mental health support resources that students can access over the summer:

  • Combination of in-person services and online resources available – list of summer resources can be found at https://health.colostate.edu/mental-health-resources/ (list will be updated with Fall 2021 resources in mid-August).
  • Continuing students can access all services and resources over the summer.
  • Incoming students can access online and digital resources over the summer, including YOU@CSU, SilverCloud, and the Nod app. Incoming students can access in-person counseling, psychiatry and medical services beginning August 16.
  • Faculty and staff can reference the Well-Being in Academic Environment toolkit for more information on how to integrate well-being into your student interactions.

Basic needs support available for students:

What other  CSU Health Network (non-COVID) messaging can students expect over the summer and into August?

The Health Network will send multiple messages to incoming students (new first-year students, new transfer students, and new graduate students) throughout the summer to remind them to complete various health requirements.

Here is information on messaging that will be going out:

  • Immunization requirements reminder emails – these are short, simple reminder emails to incoming students who have not yet submitted their MMR (and/or meningococcal, if they are living on-campus) records. These will go out a couple of times a month starting in June and leading up to deadline of Aug. 23.
  • AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention reminder emails – another set of reminder emails to incoming students (there are multiple versions based on age, student classification, etc.) – first emails go out in mid-July when programs become available on RAMweb, then reminder mails after that leading up to deadline of Aug. 23.
  • Health insurance requirement reminder emails – more reminder emails to incoming and continuing students who have not yet taken action on their health insurance requirement/waiver portal. We usually send one in June, then two in July, then move to weekly in August up until the deadline of Sept. 8, pulling a new list each time.