Students take their seats for the diploma ceremony at Harvard University in CambridgeMore
By Jan Wolfe
Classes in tents. Roommates assigned based on coronavirus antibody tests. Residences set aside for quarantined students. U.S. college life could look dramatically different when classes resume in the fall.
Colleges emptied dormitories and moved classes online in March as the pandemic worsened — a decision that left many students clamoring for partial refunds.
Facing budget shortfalls, several colleges have said they are putting infrastructure investments on hold, freezing hiring, and furloughing employees.
Now, universities are exploring creative, once-implausible approaches to make sure students can return to campus in the 2020-2021 academic year.
“There will be changes for sure, but one way or another we are going to be open,” said James Herbert, president