EDINBORO – Edinboro University plans to open its campus in fall 2021, assuming the COVID-19 situation improves and health officials do not advise against it. University officials said some mitigation efforts are likely to linger, based on Erie County Department of Health and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines. The extent of those mitigation efforts won’t be known until mid- to late summer.

Campus housing applications for new and returning students are open. Housing assignments will be made in July.

“We look forward to seeing students back on campus in the fall,” said Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Edinboro’s interim president. “We will continue to follow the science, but we are very hopeful that students can return to in-person classes, living in our residence halls and engaging in more activities.”

There are about 420 students living on campus this spring – an increase over the fall, but still only about a third of total housing capacity.

“Both new and continuing students are excited about the prospect of returning to Edinboro, meeting new friends, reuniting with old ones and connecting with their professors.”

Dr. Pehrsson said University officials will continue to monitor the COVID situation and adapt accordingly if there are changes.

“The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is of paramount importance, and we will continue to let that priority guide our decisions. But given what we know, we are very hopeful for the fall.”

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