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Park’s Plan Fall 2021

With promising health progress and a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country, Park University is planning to return to a more normal Fall 2021. Find out what this means for you.

Message from the Interim President

Date: 3/5/2021

Dear Park Students:

Before many of you depart for a well-earned Spring Break, I wanted to share some encouraging news about Park’s Plan for Fall 2021.

Over the past twelve months, you have followed safety guidelines.  You have worn masks.  You have practiced social distancing.  Because you have remained Park United, we have persevered as a community throughout this tragic pandemic.

With promising health progress and a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country, we are planning to return to a more normal Fall 2021.  What does this mean for you?

  • A return to in-person classes;
  • More direct contact with your classmates as well as our terrific faculty;
  • Cheering on our Pirates and Buccaneers in the bleachers;
  • Live performances, activities and events throughout the 2021-22 academic year; and
  • In Parkville, increased residence hall occupancy.

I hope you are as excited as I am about Fall 2021, but to reach this goal a more normal Fall 2021, we all must remain diligent.  “Keeping Park shipshape” necessitates continuing to follow all recommended safety practices, including wearing masks.  I encourage all students to follow closely the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) guidelines.

With campuses in 21 states, we will continue to monitor closely local, state and national developments related to COVID-19 and access to Park facilities on and off military installations.  Visit our COVID-19 page for the latest news.

Summer 2021, which begins June 7, will look like the current semester with a combination of hybrid and online classes and in-person labs/studios.  While we continue to plan for in-person classes for fall, we will reassess our fall instruction plan on or about July 5.

Keep up the great work, have a safe Spring Break and look for updates over the coming weeks!


Shane B. Smeed
Interim President

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Park University’s Early College Online program allows high school students (3.0 or higher GPA) just finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years to get a head start on their college career at an accredited, non-profit, four-year university. Our Early College Program courses are all general education courses that can be transferred to other institutions or applied to any degree program at Park.

Students can earn college credit at a fraction of Park’s regular tuition rate and within a shorter time frame than through dual-credit or AP coursework. For high school seniors, in particular, Park’s Early College Online program is an excellent, affordable way to get a head start on college. Students earn transferable college credit and learn how to effectively participate in college courses online – an increasingly important skill for students to possess.

Students can enroll in up to two, fully online classes (six credit hours) taught by experienced Park professors. Small class sizes and lots of faculty-student interaction, including office hours via Zoom, and a host of virtual academic support resources are in place to support student success.

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