May. 29, 2020

Conn College Fall Semester Update

Dear Student,

I hope you and your loved ones are doing well as you complete your last days of high school and prepare to launch your college career. I am writing to give you an update on the plans Connecticut College is making for the fall.

As President Bergeron wrote to you on May 1, we are committed to a healthy and safe opening of the academic year, and to a rich residential experience of teaching, learning, and other activities. We are working closely with state and local authorities to ensure the safety of you, the faculty, the staff, and the rest of the student body. Here are just a few of the many questions our staff are thinking about:

  • How will we redesign spaces where students interact with staff, faculty, and coaches?
  • What adjustments are needed in our housing, dining, and co-curricular experiences?
  • What arrangements will we have for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing?
  • How much additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) do we need to purchase?

Our faculty, too, are figuring out the best calendar for next year: not just how many weeks but also whether they will be divided into semesters or quarters. That decision will be made by next week, and you will be the first to know.

Can you expect life to be a little different? Sure, but that shouldn’t worry you. Innovation has been at the heart of Connecticut College since our founding in 1911. It will simply make the experience of your class — the class of 2024 — even more special.

One exciting project we are undertaking, just for you, is the renewal of our waterfront, to make it possible for you to walk all the way to the Thames River. This will create even more open-air space for you to enjoy during the beautiful late summer and fall months. Here is the view from our Athletic Center:

Athletic Center

 

And here is the view all the way down to the river:

river view

 

We are all excited to see you on campus in August to begin what will certainly be a historic year, filled with new learning experiences both in and outside the classroom. Our goal is to be nimble and prepared to respond to any new conditions so that you can achieve your goals.

Please contact me (Andy Strickler – andy.strickler@conncoll.edu) or Emily Morash, Dean of First Year Students (Emily.morash@conncoll.edu) at your convenience with any questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Andy Strickler
Dean of Admission & Financial Aid