BREAKING: NMSU plans for conventional fall 2021 semester


Jason McNabb

Hadley Hall at NMSU houses Chancellor Arvizu’s office.

This story was corrected to attribute President John Floros and report Doña Ana County’s yellow status at 1:25 p.m. Mar. 10, 2021

New Mexico State University President John Floros said students can look forward to a “conventional” fall 2021 semester in an email Wednesday. 

President Floros said this projection is due to declining cases across Doña Ana County, coupled with the vaccine distribution. Classified as a yellow county by the Department of Health on Wednesday, Doña Ana reported a positivity rate of 4.72% or 19 per 100,000 residents. 



The plan for NMSU’s main campus for fall 2021 semester is to provide as much of a conventional semester as we can, while using the public health precautions that allow us to resume shared campus experiences,” Floros said. “This means that more classes will feature in-person instruction. We also expect to see an increased number of on-campus activities for students this fall, including athletics and other events traditionally associated with the college experience.”

The “conventional semester” is defined in the email as, “a much higher percentage of in-person classes – closer to what was traditionally offered by NMSU before the pandemic – for students who would rather take courses through this method.”

The email states that online courses will still be an available option.

In the case that there is a COVID-19 outbreak on campus during the Fall semester, the university plans to return to online instruction. NMSU branch campuses will be able to make decisions based on locational circumstances.  


This is a developing story, follow The Round Up for further updates regarding the coming semesters.

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