Photos Capture the Energy of Historic First Day Back on Campus
2021–2022 classes start as BU returns fully to residential life after 18 months of COVID restrictions
Thursday, September 2, marked more than just the start of another new school year at Boston University. It marked the resumption of a fully residential campus for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country and emptied the campus way back in March 2020. In-person classroom instruction is back (goodbye to Zoom), and for now at least, masks, weekly COVID tests, and daily attestations are a part of everyday life. But rejoice—student clubs and organizations can meet in person, we can resume workouts at FitRec, and gathering with friends in University dining halls and at BU Athletics events is again possible.
For this first day of classes, BU Today photographers Jackie Ricciardi and Cydney Scott roved across the Charles River Campus to classrooms, the GSU, and other buildings and up and down Comm Ave, capturing this historic return to (a new) normal.