Planning for Reopening, Eager to See Progress

Planning for Reopening, Eager to See Progress


Dear Rowan students,

Usually at this time of year, we are eager for summer because it’s a welcome break. This year, many of us already are focused on fall, trying to plan for a return to our campuses with new priorities for health and safety. As a student, you will find change mixed with the familiar during the next several months, whether you see it up close or from a distance. 

Wherever you read this today, we want you to know that Rowan University is preparing to reopen to continue serving you and all who depend on us. This is what we know about what lies ahead: 

Your health and safety

We are committed to keeping our students healthy and safe. It is our priority. It is non-negotiable. Whatever our return to campus looks like and whenever it begins, it will be with rigorous and thorough safety procedures and resources in place. 

New financial aid available

In addition to traditional financial aid, we have awarded nearly 3,700 students a total of $2.6 million in aid through the federal CARES Act. These funds are meant to help you recover and continue your education after pandemic-related setbacks that you or your family may have experienced. If you are in need, we encourage you to apply for aid at

Planning for summer and fall

Once the governor lifts the stay-at-home order, we look forward to reopening our facilities gradually. We don’t have a firm date in mind, but we are planning our re-start, preparing for every scenario. For now: 

Bringing our students back to campus safely for in-person instruction and activity and residential life on our campuses this fall remains a top priority. As long as state and federal guidelines permit, we are planning to offer instruction in face-to-face, remote and hybrid formats.

  • You can count on safe delivery of experiential in-person courses and options for students who prefer remote and hybrid options.
  • We are preparing for all living and learning scenarios on each campus. We have teams working on every aspect of reopening, from academics to housing to student life.
  • Quality and access remain central to our academic mission. We will not sacrifice them, nor will we burden our students with the costs to maintain them as we all recover from the pandemic.

We will continue to share more information as we progress. If you have immediate questions or concerns, please email Dean of Students Kevin Koett at

As always, I also welcome your comments:

With this information, I hope you have a better idea of the commitment we have to our students. Even in our vastly changed world, we will provide you the best of what our nationally ranked University offers. 


Ali A. Houshmand, Ph.D.