Brigham Young University officially announced today that fall semester 2021 will operate like a traditional fall semester due to the downward trend in COVID-19 infections and increased number of vaccinations within the campus community.

As with a typical fall semester, the vast majority of courses will be offered in-person with full-capacity classrooms. Additionally, the university will be evaluating how virtual learning may have improved some elements of courses and curricula and hopes to incorporate the best of those changes as it prepares for a more traditional fall semester.

Masks and physical distancing will not be required during fall semester. This decision is subject to change depending on trends in disease prevalence and guidance from state and local governments. Individuals may choose to wear a mask in any setting.

“We anticipate the full richness of a typical fall semester filled with opportunities for academic, social and ecclesiastical gathering,” said BYU Academic Vice President Shane Reese. “We’re grateful for the resilience, creativity and fortitude of our students, faculty and staff as they’ve adapted and overcome the higher education challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are very much looking forward to gathering together again on campus this fall.”

Students may start to build fall semester registration carts beginning Monday, May 24, with priority registration beginning Monday, June 7. The first day of fall semester 2021 is Monday, August 30.