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Helena College Returns

Helena College 2020-2021

Since Spring 2020, Helena College faculty, administrators, and staff have been focused working on plans for our 2020-2021Academic Year. We have developed new safety and health protocols, aligned courses and classes with health guidelines, upgrading technology, and more to prepare for our campus community’s return. Details on our campus plan can be found here.

Helena College is committed to quality education and the academic progress of our students. We will continue to be flexible and adaptable to the challenges that arise under the COVID-19 pandemic. Decisions surrounding any changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with be guided by our top priority: the health and safety of our entire campus community. Details on COVID-19 and updates from the Montana University System can be found here.

Please use this page as your go to resource for the most up-to-date information on our campus as it relates to the COVID-1 pandemic. We will continue to update this page with important new information, further details, and campus communications as developments in our planning, directives, and the course of the COVID-19 pandemic occur.

Quick Campus Status:

Updated: 7/31/20

  • All Events must follow the guidelines in our Campus Plan and require an event approval form.
  • Helena College will be back on both campuses for the Fall 2020 Semester.
  • Fall courses will begin on August 17. Classes will be in one of three modes: in-person, blended, and remote.
  • Wearing a face covering is required on both campuses for anyone over the age of five.
  • Please respect physical distancing on campus, at all times possible.




Q: Is campus closed?

Both of Helena College’s campuses are open to faculty, staff, students, prospective students, and the community. Please note, some offices have adjusted schedules and service hours. To ensure you are able to meet with the person you need to, please email or call them in advance to schedule an appointment.

Q: What is Helena College’s guidance on face coverings?

Face coverings are required for all students, employees, and visitors over the age of five on Helena College’s campuses.

Q: Is Helena College giving tours to prospective students?

Yes, Helena College is hosting individual in-person visits to campus to minimize the risk of COVID-19 virus transmission. Please email or call 406-447-6900 to schedule an appointment to visit our campuses.


Q: What are Helena College’s plans for the Fall 2020 Semester?

Helena College will begin its Fall Semester one week early, starting classes on Monday, Aug. 17. Classes will end on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. This change will help reduce the risks associated with COVID-19 and allow us to continue to provide quality education to our students, all while keeping the health and safety of our entire campus community our top priority.

Q: What will classes be like this fall?

Helena College courses for the Fall 2020 Semester will be delivered both in-person and online, as well as a hybrid of in-person instruction with online components. This approach will give your instructors flexibility in delivery while making the best use of your time on campus.


Q: Where can I purchase books for my courses?

Helena College will not be carrying all of the required textbooks for classes in our Bookstore. To make sure you all have time to purchase your books, we have put together a list of the required textbooks for classes with links of where you will be able to purchase them.

Archived FAQs from the Spring 2020 Semester can be found here.

Messages and Updates to Campus:

Campus Update | MUS Guidelines Announcement | June 1, 2020

Campus Update | Fall Semester Calendar | May 22, 2020

Campus Update | CARES Act Dollars Available | May 1, 2020

Campus Update | Fall 2020 Update | May 1, 2020

Campus Update | Pass/Fail Option | April 7, 2020

Campus Update | Commencement 2020 | April 4, 2020

Campus Update | Campus Closures | March 27, 2020

Campus Update | Novel Coronavirus | March 12, 2020

Campus Update | Spring Break Travel | March 5, 2020

Campus Update | Novel Coronavirus | January 31, 2020

Campus Update | Novel Coronavirus | January 30, 2020

Campus Update |Commissioner Christian Update | March 12, 2020

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