Back To State

It’s time to come together to mask up or pack up. Penn State has launched an integrated effort to remind faculty, staff and students at all campuses and in adjacent communities of the importance of doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19. “Mask Up or Pack Up” is a research-based campaign that is also launched in State College to create a seamless message for students and other members of the community. Help us spread the word to colleagues, family, friends and neighbors by taking a picture wearing a mask, posting to social media, and hashtagging #MaskUpOrPackUp.

It’s time to come together to mask up or pack up. Penn State has launched an integrated effort to remind faculty, staff and students at all campuses and in adjacent communities of the importance of doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19. “Mask Up or Pack Up” is a research-based campaign that is also launched in State College to create a seamless message for students and other members of the community. Help us spread the word to colleagues, family, friends and neighbors by taking a picture wearing a mask, posting to social media, and hashtagging #MaskUpOrPackUp.

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To learn more about the University’s health and safety planning, read Penn State’s COVID-19 “Back to State” Health and Safety Plan, which has been submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Also stay tuned to and bookmark virusinfo.psu.edu/back-to-state, as this page will continue to be updated with important information and resources for students, faculty and staff.


Information for students

Health requirements

What do students need to know about on-campus health requirements and policies?

Frequently asked questions

Read frequently asked questions for students, regularly updated as the situation changes.

Keep learning

Visit Penn State’s Keep Learning website for academic resources for students as Penn State prepares for instruction this fall.

Student resources

As many Penn Staters continue to learn remotely, and as the University looks toward a phased return to campus this fall, a comprehensive collection of resources for students is available here. These include resources for undergraduate, graduate and international students related to return to campus, academics, health and counseling resources, and more.

Fall schedule

  • Aug. 24: Fall semester begins*
  • Sept. 7: Classes to be held Labor Day
  • Nov. 20: In-person instruction to end
  • Nov. 21-29: Thanksgiving holiday break
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 18: Remainder of semester, including finals, delivered remotely/online.
  • Dec. 18: Last day of finals; semester ends.

*Some units, such as Dickinson Law and Penn State Law, have different start dates.


Information for faculty and staff

Health requirements

What do faculty and staff need to know about on-campus health requirements and policies?

Frequently asked questions

Read frequently asked questions for employees, regularly updated as the situation changes.

Employee resources

Comprehensive resources for faculty and staff are available here. This includes information about Penn State’s plans for a phased return to campus, and resources for returning to campus workspaces. Also available is information about remote work and remote teaching, and more.

Latest News

Stay up to date with the latest coronavirus-related news from Penn State.
10/23: Penn State COVID-19 dashboard updated

Community urged to remain vigilant, adhere to all public health guidelines for mask-wearing and social distancing ahead of first football game

University shares fall departure plan for transition to remote instruction

Voluntary testing and self-quarantine key to community commitment

Walk-up virus testing at University Park moving to Pegula Ice Arena on Oct. 9

Free walk-up, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is available to students and employees at University Park