Spring Semester 2021 at UM

UM student holds her phone while looking at the camera and wearing a mask

UM's spring semester began Monday, Jan. 11. 

Upon returning to campus, students are asked to monitor themselves daily for symptoms, keep their social circles small and continue wearing masks, along with the other protective health practices. 

Curry Health Center continues to offer free, rapid testing for symptomatic students, with results typically available within one hour. Students must call 406-243-2122 to make an appointment for a COVID test before coming in. If at any time students feel ill, they develop symptoms or they want to discuss medical questions, Curry Health Center is ready to help. 

Missoula County is coordinating vaccine administration throughout the county. Visit the county's vaccine website for information on all vaccine clinics and locations that currently have vaccine available. This site contains an interactive map and a distribution dashboard showing how many doses have been administered. The county vaccine website is the best place to check on availability of vaccines. 

Read UM's Jan. 27 communication to all students and employees about vaccine information.

UM has updated the Campus COVID Operations Plan to guide us through the spring, summer and beyond as necessary. Most updates to the plan were changes to dates and timelines, refreshing language based on new guidance or adding measures implemented during fall semester. The Healthy Fall 2020 site is still available to reference as needed.

The COVID Response Team, which continues to meet daily during the spring semester, has anticipated increased COVID-19 testing needs for returning (symptomatic) students. UM's Curry Health Center anticipates the ability to run 100 tests per day, and we have surge testing capacity within the UM Genomics Core and possibly with the Missoula City-County Health Department, depending on community testing demand.

UM and the Missoula City-County Health Department are closely tracking COVID-19 case trends at UM and in Missoula. The MCCHD is releasing information about UM-affiliated cases each day. Find health department information on UM-affiliated COVID-19 cases on this page under the "Data" tab.

We have reviewed our protocols for quarantine and isolation for students in campus housing and have added additional units for this purpose. UM is prepared to support campus residents immediately should they need quarantine and isolation due to COVID-19. Students can find a Quarantine and Isolation Checklist here. 

We are so happy to have you back on campus for spring semester and very proud of the safe behaviors that our students and employees are practicing. Keep up the good work, Griz!


March 4, 2021: Support Available for UM Students

We know how challenging this academic year has been for everyone, and we are sincerely committed to doing everything we can to help you succeed in your studies at UM.

Feb. 25, 2021: UM COVID Communication

The latest news and updates on Missoula County Health Board decisions and vaccine distribution.

Feb. 18, 2021: UM COVID Communication

Weekly news about UM's unchanged mask policy, vaccine distribution and more.

Feb. 11, 2021: UM COVID Communication

Missoula County residents in Phase 1A and Tier 1 of Phase 1B currently are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Feb. 4, 2021: UM COVID Communication

Welcome to the first edition of a weekly, COVID-19-specific campus update. Every Thursday, we will send an update with any new information, as well as some reminders.

Jan. 27, 2021: IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Vaccination Information

An update and helpful information and resources as Missoula County soon moves into Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Jan. 12, 2021: Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing for Students

For the next two weeks, students can participate in voluntary asymptomatic testing for COVID-19.


View UM COVID-19 Communications from fall semester 2020.

View UM COVID-19 Communications from summer semester 2020.

View UM COVID-19 Communications from spring semester 2020

View more communications from UM regarding coronavirus.