The Latest Massachusetts Universities And Colleges Shutting Down

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Several universities and colleges across Massachusetts have told their students not to return from Spring Break, and for those in dorms to pack up and leave by the end of the week. Schools including Harvard, MIT, Emerson, and Smith College are continuing the rest of the semester's classes online amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

This list of college and university closures will be updated as new announcements are made.

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Closures Announced

Amherst College

  • Classes are canceled Thursday and Friday March 12 and 13.
  • All students must leave campus by Wednesday March 18, unless they complete a successful petition to stay.
  • All students will move to remote learning starting Monday March 23, although the campus will remain open.

Babson College

  • All classes will transition to online beginning Friday March 13 through the end of the Spring Semester.
  • All students are required to move out of residence halls by March 21 at 8 p.m. The college will provide packing boxes.
  • Large events on campus will be limited through March 31.
  • All non-essential college-sponsored travel is prohibited until further notice.

Berklee College Of Music

  • After Spring Break, students are being urged not to return to campus, and that all classes will transition to online by Monday March 23.
  • All students are being told to depart residence halls by Wednesday, March 18.
  • All performances, events, and visiting artists are postponed or canceled until further notice.
  • Limited dining services will be available starting Saturday, March 14.

Boston College

  • Starting March 12, all on-campus classes are canceled through the end of the semester, including finals.
  • Online classes will begin Thursday, March 19.
  • Students are required to move out of their dorms by March 15.
  • University sponsored international and domestic events are being suspend

Boston University

  • Undergraduate, graduate, and BU Academy classes are moving online effective Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13.
  • Students with classes questions about courses or academic accommodations should contact their professors directly.
  • Students not on campus due to Spring Break are being asked not to return.
  • Residences and dining halls will remain open, but the University is encouraging students to go home if possible.
  • No non-academic gatherings or meetings over 10 people allowed.
  • All university-linked travel is suspended.

Bunker Hill Community College

  • The Charlestown and Chelsea campuses will be closed until Monday, March 16.
  • All classes on satellite and instructional centers are cancelled.

Brandeis University

  • The college is moving all classes online in response to COVID-19 by Monday, March 16.
  • All undergraduates living in on-campus housing are asked not to return to campus after March 25, and may begin moving out earlier if they wish.
  • Students in study abroad programs are being told they should continue in their programs.
  • Information for housing and meal plan refunds will be coming soon.
  • Events or meetings with more than 20 attendees must be postponed, cancelled, or conducted virtually, on or off campus.

Curry College

  • Starting March 11, all in-person classes are suspended.
  • Spring Break will be extended one week, until March 22.
  • Students are not to return to the Milton or Plymouth campuses.
  • Starting March 23, classes will be taught online.

Emerson College

  • Starting Friday March 13 until the end of Spring Semester, all in-person classes will transition to online learning.
  • The school will be on hiatus March 16 - March 20 to allow staff time to transition online.
  • Classes will resume remotely March 23.
  • The Boston Campus will remain open through the end of the semester, students can choose to stay or leave.
  • Housing and dining options will remain available although some services may need to be curtailed.

Fitchburg State University

  • Classes are canceled and residence halls will be closed from March 16 - March 23.
  • Students are being asked not to return to campus until March 20.
  • University-related travel is discontinued until further notice.
  • Large gatherings on campus about 100 people are canceled.


  • All graduate and undergraduate classes will transition to online effective March 10 until further notice.
  • All students have been told not to return to campus after Spring Break.
  • Students who need to stay on campus (many foreign nationals) will also have to do classes online and must prepare for severely limited on-campus activities.
  • All university-related international travel is prohibited, all personal international travel is strongly discouraged.


  • All campus activity is suspended from March 16 - March 22.
  • Further updates for the week of March 23 will be sent on or before March 18.
  • All students are being asked not to come to campus.
  • Unless authorized, students will not be allowed to access residence halls after noon on Friday, March 13. All students are asked to return home if possible.


  • In-person classes will continue until Friday March 13.
  • All graduate and undergraduate classes are canceled for the week of March 16 - March 20. The following week is Spring Break.
  • Effective March 30, online instruction will begin for all classes for the remainder of the semester.
  • Undergraduates are being told not to return to campus after Spring Break.
  • Any students living in an MIT residence fraternity, sorority, or independent living group must pack up and leave by Saturday, March 14.
  • All undergraduates must pack up and leave campus by Tuesday, March 17 at noon.

Northeastern University

  • Beginning Thursday March 12 all classes will move to online and remote instruction.
  • All non-essential university-sponsored travel is suspended.
  • Large gatherings on-campus will be limited to essential events only, as approved by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Smith College

  • In-person classes will continue until Friday March 13, and Spring Break has been extended by one week through Sunday March 29.
  • Effective Monday March 30, all classes will move to alternate modes of instruction.
  • All students must move off campus by Friday March 20 and should not expect to return this semester.
  • Students in study-abroad programs will remain in place.
  • Room and board will only be provided to students with no other option.

Tufts University

  • All classes will transition online after Spring Break, which has been extended to March 25.
  • Undergraduate and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy students must move out of residence halls by March 16.
  • Classes are canceled on Friday March 13 to allow for students to pack their belongings.
  • All Spring sports are canceled. Winter sports with remaining events will continue without spectators.


  • All five UMass campuses will shift to a virtual mode of instruction beginning March 16 through April 3.
  • Between those two weeks, UMass officials and public health experts will determine the next steps.

Wentworth Institute of Technology

  • Spring Break is being extended through Wednesday, March 18 to allow faculty to work on transferring classes online.
  • Effective Thursday, March 19 Spring Semester will resume online.
  • Residence halls will be closed for the remainder of the semester.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Spring Semester classes will resume March 25 when they will transition online, with at least two weeks of remote classes planned.
  • A decision on the remainder of the term will be made by the end of March.
  • Students living on campus are being told to plan to go home, and those who are not on campus are being told to stay away. Requests for exceptions are being accepted.
  • Residence halls will be closed from Monday, March 16 at noon until at least Saturday April 4.

No Closures Yet

Framingham State University

  • Faculty is monitoring COVID-19, but right now in-person classes will continue.
  • A subcommittee of the University's Emergency Preparedness Committee is meeting daily to review the most up-to-date information.
  • All university-related international travel and study abroad experiences this spring are cancelled.

Wellesley College

  • The college has not yet made a decision to do remote instruction, but it is seriously considering the option, with a decision expected by the end of the week.
  • Out of state and international travel needs to be registered with the college.
  • All college-related travel has been suspended, as has gatherings of more than 100 people.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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