Academic Calendar Overview

  • Fall Semester starts August 17
  • Most courses will be delivered remotely for the entire semester  
  • A limited number of in-person classes will begin September 14 
  • The semester will end on November 24.
  • Final exams will be November 18-24.

At the New Jersey campuses, the Fall 2020 semester will start on Monday, August 17, a week earlier than originally planned, and end on Tuesday, November 24, before the Thanksgiving holiday. Final exams will be November 18-24. There will be no October break.

This schedule will help community members avoid the need to travel back and forth for breaks and will reduce the time that community members are on campus during the colder months that may bring a potential risk of resurgence in COVID-19 cases. In addition, ending the fall semester earlier will enable us to offer a more robust winter session, allowing students to complete more meaningful internship and get ahead in their degree programs.

Those who have special circumstances that prevent them from beginning classes a week early should contact the dean of their college or school director. Every effort will be made to work with those individuals to get caught up once they begin classes.

Most courses will be delivered remotely or fully online for the entire Fall 2020 semester. A limited number of courses will be offered in person beginning on September 14. These will include some labs, a few clinical courses and some others that require hands-on programming. Academic advising will be conducted remotely, as will faculty office hours. Libraries and computer labs will be open with physical distancing guidelines in place, as well as extensive and frequent cleaning procedures and other safety measures, all in accordance with state guidelines. 

Remote Learning Resources

The IT team has provided guidance on a wide range of resources for students relating to remote learning here: 

If you’re experiencing technical problems, please contact UTAC (University Technical Assistance Center) at 973-443-8822 or visit for assistance. 

If you have any questions regarding your online class, please contact your professor to inquire about specific requirements.  


We will not be offering the Pass/Fail option for the fall semester. It was offered for the Spring 2020 semester because of the disruption midway through the semester, and the quick move from in-person to fully remote classes. For the fall, the University is planning to start all classes remotely and, while planning for in-person and hybrid classes starting after Labor Day, will be prepared to move back to fully remote classes if necessary.


The Add/Drop deadline is always two weeks after the first day of classes, which, for the fall is now August 31. 


Final exams will run November 18-24. For in-person and hybrid classes, FDU plans to offer exams in person and have the class take the exam at the same time (although, due to social distancing protocols, perhaps not all in the same location). For any fully online courses the exams will also be taken online.

Academic Advising and Registering for Classes

For the fall, academic advising and class registration will be completed remotely. 

Study Abroad and International Travel

University-sponsored student, faculty, and staff travel for Fall 2020 is suspended and all study-abroad programs, including Wroxton, have been suspended for the Fall 2020 semester.