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Lourdes to resume face-to-face instruction this Fall
University announces Fall plan on May 28, 2020
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Lourdes is pleased to announce that the University will welcome returning and new students to campus for the Fall 2020 semester.


With the “stay in place” order being replaced by Governor Mike DeWine’s “Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory,” the University is developing a comprehensive plan for the safe resumption of all on-campus operations. This includes face to face instruction, Lourdes’ residential village with 100% apartment-style campus housing, dining, athletics, and co-curricular programming. Classes begin Monday, August 24.

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As a Franciscan University with the fundamental value of community, Lourdes is committed to providing students and employees a coronavirus-safe environment. The Lourdes campus community will follow public health guidelines for monitoring personal health, emphasizing personal hygiene, and adhering to face covering and physical distancing requirements.

“Our University values a personalized education which attends to individual students’ minds, bodies and spirits. With an average class size of 16 students Lourdes is able to meet in classrooms and keep appropriate physical distancing. We are being particularly attentive to safety guidelines for our science and nursing labs and studio courses,” says President Mary Ann Gawelek. “The University will offer flexible learning opportunities, fully integrating technology with options for remote instruction as needed for health reasons.”

The University is modifying the fall semester with the elimination of fall break. Planning courses with high flexibility for remote learning is a priority given the potential resurgence of the coronavirus.  Depending on health advice, students may have the option to study on campus or online from Thanksgiving through the end of the semester.


As members of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), the Lourdes Athletics Department will compete in athletics this fall.  NAIA and the WHAC conference are developing precautionary measures, competition models and best practices for the health and safety of Gray Wolves student-athletes, coaches, spectators, and visiting teams.


The Lourdes Dining Hall and Café have re-opened, with provisions for appropriate physical distancing of indoor and outside dining as set forth by restaurant guidelines. Lourdes’ spacious apartment-style campus housing will continue to offer ample room for students. Each campus apartment has a living room, kitchen, dining area, full bath and one or two bedrooms.


All Lourdes University events will adhere to mass gathering restrictions.


Lourdes University

Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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