Fall 2021 at Wayne State

This fall, we look forward to welcoming Warriors back to a vibrant, in-person campus experience. As we do, the health and safety of our campus community will remain a top priority. We encourage all faculty, staff and students to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and we will continue to follow the health and safety guidelines recommended by our Public Health Committee.


Now is the time to register for fall classes. We expect the majority of our fall classes to be offered in person while also providing more virtual options than we have in the past. When registering, take note of whether your classes are offered via traditional, online (synchronous or asynchronous) or hybrid formats. Specific programs may have further guidelines and procedures. Note: Schools that operate on a different calendar, such as the Law School and the School of Medicine, will communicate their class formats separately. Campus recruitment tours will resume in mid-June, allowing visitors to tour Wayne State and experience the excitement of Midtown. 


We look forward to taking to the stands to cheer on Warrior sports teams this fall. Spectator attendance at sporting events will follow state guidelines for health and safety, as well as policies outlined by the WSU Public Health Committee. Athletics has also enacted several policies regarding safe use of its facilities and equipment, and has produced a "Return to Campus" document to guide students and employees as they use the facilities. Intramural sports will also resume normal schedules.

Housing, dining and retail

Housing will be open to all students who wish to call campus home this fall. Campus dining and retail options will be open, consistent with applicable health and safety requirements. This fall, we anticipate that we will be able to resume indoor dining and allow guests to university housing. To apply for housing or take a virtual tour, visit the Housing and Residential Life website.

Student life

We know our students miss all the student activities, campus celebrations and wonderful traditions — we do, too. These are integral parts of the Wayne State student life experience. We are excited to see the return of events across campus. Outdoor gatherings are welcome and encouraged throughout the summer; masks are not required for any outdoor gatherings. We anticipate a phased return to indoor gatherings in the fall as it becomes safe and appropriate. The Dean of Students Office website is regularly updated with the latest campus engagement information, as well as student health and wellness opportunities through the Warrior Life program. Every Wednesday and Sunday (Sundays only in summer), Get Involved is delivered to students' WSU email inboxes to keep them informed of student activities, opportunities and student organizations news.

Campus events

Outdoor events and meetings are allowed and encouraged throughout the summer, and we anticipate that more robust indoor events will be available in the fall; planning is already underway for in-person New Student Convocation and FestiFall. Virtual event options will also continue.


As we prepare for more students to be back on campus in the fall, we will also have more employees returning to in-person work. Resources are available to guide unit leaders as they transition staff and work to onsite operations throughout the summer. They include the Leaders' Return to Campus Guide and Checklist, the Flexible Work Arrangements policy, and guidelines for supervisors and employees. We encourage employees to speak with their supervisor to understand their options and address any concerns they may have about a return to campus.

Campus Health Center

The Campus Health Center will continue to serve as the campus lead for tracking and reporting any COVID-19 cases on campus, as well as COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution. The CHC will also be responsible for responding to any COVID-19 cases or outbreaks on campus, including isolating and quarantining individuals living in campus housing when necessary. The CHC will also continue to use the Campus Daily Screener to monitor cases on campus and guide the campus response. The CHC also has resources available to assist any members of the Warrior community who may be anxious about returning to campus.