Adrian College President Jeffrey Docking says campus will be open in fall

Adrian College’s campus will be open for traditional in-person classes this coming fall, according to College President, Jeffrey Docking. Plans are now being developed to open campus while working closely with the local health department to take all necessary precautions to assure the safety of students, faculty, and staff.

Adrian College’s administration will spend the next three months preparing the campus to comply with state, federal, and CDC guidelines for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the college does intend to welcome students to campus.

“By the time August arrives, it will be time for students to return to college and adjust to the new world that awaits all of us,” Docking said. “This is our new reality as a College and as a country. We need to venture out to learn as an educational community how to thrive as a group of scholars while staying safe and caring about each other.

“What distinguishes Adrian College from so many other institutions is the on-campus experience,” Docking said. “When a student decides to enroll at Adrian they get much more than a great education, they get an incredible, seamless four-year experience punctuated with memorable cultural, athletic, and co-curricular experiences. This experience ultimately leads to a lifetime of memories, friends, and deeply rewarding professional careers. It is an experience that cannot be replicated in a purely online learning environment. We need to get back to this experience.”

The number of students who have already committed to return to Adrian College’s campus for the fall semester shows just how much they want to get back to normal life as soon as possible. Retention for the fall semester is running much higher than expected, judging by the number of students who have selected classes and a place to live on campus.

“We are very pleased with student enthusiasm to continue their studies at Adrian College,” Docking said.

So far, the COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed freshmen enrollment for the fall. Deposits are tracking on pace for an incoming class of 600 students.

“We certainly are making plans to be careful,” Docking said. “There may need to be a few changes on campus with respect to social distancing, masks, hand sanitizing stations, and foodservice, but we have plenty of time to prepare to be open in August.”

Dr. Emily Kist, director of Adrian College’s Student Health Center, has been coordinating with the college’s administration to create a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, 2020-2021. Docking has asked that it be shared with the community well in advance of the fall semester.

Weekly videos and emails are being sent from the College to keep current students and their families up to date on the COVID-19 situation and plans for the fall. Adrian College will continue sending out updates on a regular basis.

For more information or to register with Adrian College for the fall semester, contact the Admissions Office at 1.800.877.2246, or email Joe VanGeison, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment, at