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Face Masks: The W encourages people not fully vaccinated to wear a face covering inside all buildings. The Campus Renewal Task Force no longer requires the use of face coverings for fully vaccinated people on campus.


COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for Women’s goal this fall semester is to approach a more normal level of operations with more in-person opportunities for learning and living. The university presently plans to add over 130 face-to-face sections to the fall 2021 schedule of classes.

Even as the university approaches the fall, officials know that significant differences generated by the pandemic will remain.

W President Nora Miller said, “The W’s Campus Renewal Taskforce has worked diligently throughout this past year to mitigate the risk of viral spread on campus. They have altered our protocols as more information was learned from the CDC and the MS Dept. of Health. We will continue to guide our actions in this way.

“Our priorities remain the health and safety of our campus community and providing the best academic experience for our students. In addition to physical health, we are also concerned with the campus community’s financial, emotional and mental well-being. We will use our federal COVID relief funds to ease the pandemic’s financial strain on our students and to provide meaningful engagement and safe interaction.”

Dr. Scott Tollison, provost and vice president for academic affairs, added, “While we were able to utilize The W’s experience as a leader in online course delivery over the past year, we know that many of our students have been eager to return to the classroom. We are excited that the current trajectory indicates that we will be able to increase the level of face-to-face instruction for our students this fall.”    

Residence halls will return to the traditional experience with more in-residency programming and double occupancy suites. Students who apply before June 1 can select their own space from available spaces on campus.

Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 16. Fall commencement will be Friday, Dec. 3.

Students and members of the MUW community are strongly encouraged to follow the recommendations of the Mississippi Department of Health related to taking the vaccine. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, including vaccination providers and sites, at,0,420,976.html.


April 16, 2021