Harvard University announced Monday that it will implement online learning for all students and courses during the 2020-21 academic year, while still charging full tuition of nearly $50,000.
The school will allow up to 40% of undergraduate students to live on campus this fall, including all freshmen. Seniors will return to campus in the spring semester, as first-year students return home to finish the school year through distance education.
Whether a student is living at home or on campus, they will be required to take part in online instruction.
"We have sought a path to bringing all students back as soon as conditions allow, while continuing their academic progress in the meantime and remaining a vibrant research community across our broad range of disciplines," Harvard President Lawrence Bacow wrote in a statement. "But we also recognize that, fundamentally, there is an intrinsic incompatibility between our highly interactive, residential Harvard College experience and the social distancing needed to mitigate COVID-19 transmission."
Students living on campus will have their movements and experiences limited, the university said.
Students will only have access to their own dormitories and can only eat in their assigned dining hall. Off-campus visitors, as well as other Harvard students, are not permitted in the dormitories.
Students and residential staff will be tested for coronavirus every three days. No decision has been made regarding intercollegiate sports.