Our Plan Forward - University of Florida

Our Plan Forward

Welcome to the University of Florida’s website outlining Our Plan Forward, where you will find the information you need for a strong Fall 2020.

Led by UF Health’s scientific and medical researchers, UF is implementing a plan to advance the success of our students, faculty and staff while prioritizing health and safety. This website is where you will find the details of that plan, including information for students & families, faculty & staff, and visitors. We will update this site regularly and hope you bookmark it.

As Gators, we are characterized by our resilience and determination to press forward in the face of challenges. We hope you will join us as we care for one another, practice healthy behaviors, and embrace the spirit of learning and discovery that makes UF one of the leading public universities in the country.

Let’s continue to do great things!


AUG 31: First Day of Class
SEPT 7: Labor Day (no class)
NOV 11: Veterans Day (no class)
NOV 25-28: Thanksgiving Break
DEC 18: Final Exams Completed
DEC 24: Homecoming 



October 21: UF Admissions extended the freshman application deadline from November 1 to November 16.

October 6: UF will expand its in-person class offerings during Spring 2021. The schedule of classes will be published Oct. 30.

September 23: The State University System announced Florida universities should plan alternate fall commencement.

Additionally, the University of Florida has revised its academic calendar to reflect it will not observe spring break 2021 and will extend winter break by one week with the spring semester beginning Jan. 11

September 21: UF Health Screen, Test & Protect on Saturday began offering saliva coronavirus testing for UF students, faculty and staff, a method of detecting the virus that is expected to largely replace nasal swabs that are inserted deep into noses. 

September 16: Effective immediately, face coverings are now required outdoors on UF and UF Health property unless a physical distance of 6 feet or more is maintained at all times. 

September 9: UF Health's Dr. Michael Lauzardo regarding the Labor Day update.

September 3: In order to prioritize the health and safety of the Gator Nation, the University Athletic Association announced a plan for reduced capacity and other safety protocols ahead of the Gators' home opener which is scheduled against South Carolina on Oct. 3.

Reopening Plan

UF's Reopening Plan is expected to evolve as circumstances change locally and globally. We welcome continued feedback at Reopen@ufl.edu.


VIEW FULL Reopening Plan >>


As part of its effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, UF Health has implemented a Screen, Test & Protect initiative. To learn more about the initiative or view the latest data, visit UF Health’s website:




As Gators, we have a tradition of pulling together and rising to meet major challenges with optimism and determination. I encourage all of us to look out for each other as we take care of ourselves. I am confident that our university community will meet this challenge.
— UF President Kent Fuchs