Classes and Academics

What you need to know

  • The spring calendar includes two more midweek days without classes: April 22-23. These days are  designated to provide two additional days for students to prepare for their final exams. No classes or instruction may be held and no assignments may be due on April 22 and 23.
  • MSU has adopted a satisfactory/not satisfactory (S/NS) binary grade reporting option for students for fall semester 2020 and spring semester 2021. More information about the S/NS grade reporting option, including a series of FAQs, is available on the MSU Guide to Remote Access website.
  • MSU is planning more than 50 limited-attendance outdoor graduation ceremonies to recognize the accomplishments of the spring 2021 graduating class. A university-wide convocation will not be held, but undergraduate ceremonies are being scheduled by each college based on students’ majors or alphabetically by last names.
  • Most summer classes will be online, which is MSU’s standard practice for summer sessions. Classes for labs and programs that require in-person interaction will continue.
  • The university is planning for a more typical fall 2021 semester, with 75% of undergraduate classes offered in person.
  • It is still important to note that face coverings must be worn by everyone (including all faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors) indoors and outdoors while you are on property owned or governed by MSU and while participating in MSU-related or MSU-sponsored activities.
  • Check out the following MSU academic resources:
  • First-year and transfer students can join MSU's Circles of Success Mentoring Program to connect to a peer and professional staff mentor to assist in the transition to MSU.
  • Get information about the learning platforms at MSU, such as ZOOM. Get 24/7 technical assistance for issues with the platforms, questions about operating systems, how to access the campus VPN or other technical questions.
  • MSU junior Crystal Gonzalez-Pineda offers suggestions and resources for staying on top of classes while learning remotely and finding the right help when it’s needed.
  • MSU Libraries announced it is now offering contactless pickup, using newly installed touchless lockers. Also, the first-floor study space has reopened with extended hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there are printers and computers available for use.