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By Samuel Alioto
Observer Staff Writer 

Harvard Announces All 2020-2021 Academic Courses Will Be Taught Online; Tuition Remains $50,000 a year.

40% of students, mostly Freshmen, will live at Harvard and attend traditional lectures next year, living in single dormitory rooms and social distancing

 

Undergraduate library at Harvard University, which will be mostly online.

America's oldest college, Harvard University has announced that it will teach all of next year's courses online. In addition, it will not decrease it's annual undergraduate tuition of $49,653 per year.

40% of students, mostly Freshmen, will live at Harvard and attend traditional lectures next year, living in single dormitory rooms and social distancing.

These 3 decisions will no doubt influence the move of other prestigious college and universities. Covid-19 has forced online teaching of courses around the world. Younger people do develop Covid-19, although their symptomology generally tends to be less serious than older people.

Harvard adds that it will bring back 40% of students next year — including all freshmen students for Fall — who will live in single rooms. Freshmen will be sent home in Spring to make way for seniors.

Predictably, the Twitteratti were all over it. "Harvard will get away with it bc of their brand but 2nd tier universities are screwed if they try to charge full freight for online classes," tweeted Nicholas Germer

"It's like paying $50K for a sports car and getting a car simulator," tweeted Anthony Flag

"All schools should be doing this. You want to see spread... wait until it gets into the schools," said Danny Villanueva

"Glad I'm done with college. Imagine paying 40K to take classes on Zoom," tweeted @MoustacheRollie

"Imagine paying 40k to take classes regardless of where they are taught," tweeted Sarah Lee

"Popularity of the "gap year" just skyrocketed. Why would anyone think this is worth the cost?" tweeted Kevin.

"Why would tuition change? Students are still learning and getting the same degree they're paying for." said Tim Swindle

 

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