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Fresno Pacific Plans Return To Campus Classes in Fall 2021



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Fresno Pacific University on Wednesday announced that students will return to on-campus classes in the fall 2021 semester, more than a year after the university’s classrooms were emptied and students turned to distance learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The university is the latest to announce plans for in-person classes in the fall. The University of California and California State University systems also are planning to resume in-person teaching in the fall.

Fresno Pacific, a private university headquartered in southeast Fresno, had instituted plans to reopen for the fall 2020 semester with new safety equipment and protocols in place, but worsening local coronavirus infection rates forced it to maintain distance learning.

Investment in Safety Improvements

Fresno Pacific spent $2 million to improve the online learning experience and also improve campus safety by adding signage, plexiglas shields, and extra cleaning services.

The decision about whether to hold summer semester classes in-person or online is expected by March, the university said.

Students and staff can check Fresno Pacific’s COVID-19 website for updates at

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email