Return to in-person instruction expected for fall 2021

Students on the SF State campus before the pandemic

The California State University is planning for all its 23 campuses to be open next fall

The California State University (CSU) has announced that it expects its 23 campuses — including San Francisco State University — to return to primarily in-person instruction next fall.

“We are approaching planning for the 2021 fall term with the goal of having the majority of our on-campus experiences returning,” said CSU Chancellor-select Joseph I. Castro. 

Most San Francisco State classes this fall have been taught remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the emerging scientific evidence provides optimism that the upcoming 2021-22 academic year can be conducted much more in person.

“This announcement gives us a ray of hope during these short winter days and allows us — and you — to do some important planning ahead,” SF State President Lynn Mahoney said in a message to students. “While spring will be largely virtual, it is critical that you remain focused on your educational goals. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to register now for your spring classes and stay on track for your degree.” 

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