Skip to main content
MSU sign at the Adron Doran University Center Play

Are you ready for the fall? MSU is ready for you.

  • Our small, safe campus is spacious enough to allow for physical and social distancing.
  • We are prepared to offer students quality instruction and support in a variety of formats - face-to-face, online, and hybrid.
  • Our small student-faculty ratio not only means you’ll get personal attention, but also that we have more room to spread out in classrooms and other spaces.
  • We can safely serve fresh meals, a variety of dining options, and offer take-out and outdoor seating.
  • Our residence halls will have fewer occupants and will feature additional health and safety measures.
  • We’re offering on-campus medical care, telemedicine, and counseling support for our students.

What will the fall look like?

  • Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 17.
  • There will be no Fall Break.
  • Classes will adjourn and the fall term will end Tuesday, Nov. 24. View Fall 2020 Calendar.
  • Commencement is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21.
  • Residence halls will be open. Additional information will be sent to students' MSU email.
  • Textbooks should be ordered through the University Store at



All plans are subject to change per protocols and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, the White House, the Kentucky Department of Public Health, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and the Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Updated 6-29-20

The Recreation & Wellness Center is scheduled to open on Monday, July 6.  Please check visit for reopening plans and frequently asked questions.

The Recreation & Wellness Center will be open for the fall semester. There will be new facility policies and procedures in place to adhere to Kentucky’s 10 rules of Healthy at Work. The facility will have new hours of operation, and there will be limits on the number of individuals in the facility at one time.
Camden-Carroll Library will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday, beginning July 6 through the summer term.

Patrons may access the library at the circulation desk and may visit the Learning Resource Center, Learning Technology Lab and Archives by appointment scheduled beforehand. Library staff will pull materials for patrons and we encourage patrons to visit the library website to find the best way to request materials.

Patrons may call, text or email the library to request items to avoid waiting. Curbside service is also available if scheduled with a library employee. Masks are required and patrons are to strictly follow social distancing guidelines. The library phone number is 606-783-2200.

Visit for online resources, hours, and more information.
Restaurants in ADUC will open Aug.17. Social distancing will be required. Takeout will be available and encouraged.

The Rock's schedule for the fall semester is yet to be determined. Social distancing will be required. Takeout will be available and encouraged.
MSU will be offering traditional face-to-face courses and labs in the fall semester as planned. The University will also be adding additional online courses that can be completed 100% online for those who would like the flexibility of being local or remaining at home. A number of academic areas will also be offering hybrid courses that combine in-person and virtual instruction.
Commencement for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 graduates is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21. As the University approaches that time we will evaluate the healthy options to conduct our ceremonies. Visit for details about ceremonies and more.
Residence halls will be open for the fall semester. However, the move-in process will be very different this year in order to better support efforts to social distance. Residents can anticipate the process to include a specific move-in time for each resident and residents will have the opportunity to sign-up for their move-in time via the Housing Self-Service Portal. We will provide further information at a later date, including when residents may begin signing up for their move-in times. Students residing in residence halls should regularly check their MSU email and the Housing website for updates at
Students moving in the residence halls are encouraged to limit family and friends assisting with move-in to no more than two (2) individuals. Additional information will be provided closer to move-in.
MSU will be offering an expanded listing of online courses that can be taken. Students are reminded that the On-Campus Residency Policy remains unchanged. The On-Campus Residency Policy requires all full-time students under the age of 21 who have earned fewer than 60 university-recognized college credit hours to live on campus and subscribe to the applicable dining requirement. However, students enrolled full-time online or at an MSU Regional Campus are exempt from this policy.
As we approach the start of the fall semester, we are encouraging all students returning to campus in any way to obtain a test for the coronavirus at their home health department or other local provider 4-6 days before your return. This will allow ample time to receive results. Most tests are free. 

As an additional layer of precaution MSU will also be offering small in-person classes when possible, encouraging and using social distancing, food/dining that is take out, and ample hand washing and hand sanitation opportunities. We will also be periodically taking body temperatures using a no-touch thermometer. 

Masks will be required for instructional activities and when you cannot properly socially distance. 
Masks are required in all buildings and in instructional activities. Students may request an accommodation with the MSU Office of Disability Services if they cannot wear a mask for medical reasons. Students who have underlying health difficulties may elect to take online courses this fall.
Yes. Facilities Management will have most areas marked with signage, floor markings and chair markings to encourage social distancing. Social distancing will also be required in exterior spaces on campus.
All residence hall rooms will be cleaned and disinfected prior to move-in. Facilities Management will provide appropriate cleaning products to residential students free of charge. Facilities Management will clean and disinfect all common bathrooms, common kitchens and common areas multiple times daily and as needed. After moving in, students are expected to regularly clean their own rooms and residential spaces.
ADUC will be open in the fall for students to purchase food. However, there will be no seating available in the food court area and all meals will be served as “to go” orders. There will be no seating allowed in the common lounge areas. We are evaluating the ability to accommodate student organization meetings in ADUC. Please note that ADUC will serve as a location for some academic classes during the fall semester.
We are in discussions with National Panhellenic Conference and the North American Interfraternity Conference to determine what fall recruitment may look like for our Greek organizations. It is our goal to have fall recruitment if possible, however the process may be different in the past as we adhere to safe social distancing guidelines.

For more information, visit Fraternity and Sorority Life at or email
We will have two Winter Terms to allow students the opportunity to take additional classes. Winter Term I will run Dec. 14 through Jan. 8 and will be all online. Winter Term II will be Dec. 3 through Jan. 9 and will combine online and face-to-face instruction to accommodate courses with labs/studios/other requirements.