University of California—Irvine Will Reopen This Fall: UC President

January 11, 2021 Updated: January 11, 2021

The University of California (UC) is planning to return to in-person instruction this fall, due to an expected availability of vaccines to students and faculty.

Its 10 campuses include University of California—Irvine, its only Orange County facility.

Plans to reopen the schools were announced Jan. 11 by University of California president Michael Drake, who said the decision was made in consultation with 10 university chancellors.

Additional safety measures will be implemented to protect students and staff against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

“As the university continues to monitor the evolution of the pandemic, we are also carefully planning a safe return to in-person classes,” Drake said in a statement. “Current forecasts give us hope that in the fall our students can enjoy a more normal on-campus experience.”

The university said it made the announcement in January to give students and families a better understanding of fall semester plans amid the uncertainties of the CCP virus pandemic.

Further details about plans to reopen campuses, resumption of classes, additional safety measures, and starting dates will be announced by each individual UC campus as the year progresses.