Fairleigh Dickinson University will welcome all students back to our New Jersey campuses this fall and return to in-person student experiences for courses, residential living, co-curricular activities, and related services.

Vaccination Policy

FDU will require all students who attend either the Metropolitan or Florham campus to be fully vaccinated before the fall semester begins (“fully vaccinated” means that two weeks have elapsed after the final injection of a vaccine). This will include all students who will be on campus to live, attend classes, or engage in any in-person activities. For more information and to see frequently asked questions and answers about the vaccine policy, go to our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy web page.


The majority of classes and academic activities will be in person and only limited courses will be offered remotely (with the exception of our normal online programs). Students should consult Webadvisor for specific course modalities as some have been recently updated. Fall classes will begin on August 23. We have restored the fall recess (October 11 and 12) and will once again have Thanksgiving break (November 24-26). Classes will resume after Thanksgiving break, and final exams are scheduled for December 9 to 15.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall classes begin August 23 
  • Fall recess resumes October 11 and 12
  • Thanksgiving break November 24 to 26
  • Classes resume after Thanksgiving
  • Final exams December 9 to 15

Campus Operations

Our expectation is that Fall 2021 will look and feel much more like Fall 2019 than Fall 2020. We will develop specific protocols, as needed, that help safeguard our students while enabling a return to in-person experiences. We may need to continue certain safety and health protocols, including surveillance testing. Enhanced cleaning protocols will continue to be in effect as well. We will keep you posted on the status of these measures as information becomes available.

We anticipate that by fall, student support services in areas like admissions, financial aid, registrar, counseling, and health services will be available in person. At the same time, the University will continue to offer our students many of the online services that we developed over the course of the past year.

In the residence halls, FDU will restore double occupancy, remove visitation restrictions between halls, and permit access to shared kitchens and other common areas, all in keeping with evolving public health guidelines.

Dining capacities will be increased as well, and many additional student activities will be permitted. Athletics teams should once again be engaged with their respective league rivals in the appropriate season.

Return to Campus Information

Staff will begin to return to campus, based upon a phased schedule, beginning the week of June 21 through the week of July 6. Click here to read more about the return to campus procedures.   

Vancouver Campus

FDU’s Vancouver Campus is following the advice of the Ministry of Advanced Education and public health authorities to prepare for in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 semester. Authorities are optimistic that everyone in British Columbia, including international students arriving for the fall semester, will be able to be vaccinated, and this widespread vaccination will allow a full return to in-person instruction without social distancing. University students, faculty, and staff will still be required to continue to avoid situations known to contribute to transmission of the virus, and there will be some continued safety measures such as mask requirements and physical barriers. At the same time, there will be a return to in-class teaching. Therefore, all students will be expected to be in Vancouver and able to be on campus for the fall semester. Operating updates will be posted to https://www.fdu.edu/campuses/vancouver-campus/

Wroxton College and Study Abroad

Wroxton College in England is looking forward to once again welcoming FDU students to the Abbey. That extraordinary study abroad experience is expected to resume this fall and we may be able to soon offer other travel opportunities for our students.

FDU’s plans are predicated on having the vast majority of our students fully vaccinated by the fall and on compliance with evolving standards and guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Jersey public health authorities, and our own health and safety resources. We will remain nimble to address new conditions and challenges, and we will make any appropriate changes in our plans to align with public health guidance.