Fall 2020 College Road Trip The fall semester of 2020 is unlike anything colleges or their students have ever seen. So NPR is hitting the road to see what campuses look like during this unprecedented time.
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Fall 2020 College Road Trip

In Fort Collins, Colorado State University has been running a robust wastewater testing program since the start of the fall semester. Researchers regularly collect samples from 17 sites across campus, including the Westfall Hall dormitory. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Colleges Turn To Wastewater Testing In An Effort To Flush Out The Coronavirus

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Emily Garti, a junior studying nutrition, gets her twice-weekly COVID-19 test at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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The Tricky Business Of Coronavirus Testing On College Campuses

We hit the road with NPR Education Reporter Elissa Nadworny. She's been on a weekslong road trip to get an up-close view of how colleges across the U.S. are handling the pandemic. On today's show, she tells us how one university has been using mass testing to fight the spread of the coronavirus on its campus. It's a strategy that's run into some challenges, namely, student behavior.

The Tricky Business Of Coronavirus Testing On College Campuses

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Student journalists Anna Pogarcic and Brandon Standley of UNC's Daily Tar Heel review a recent issue at their offices off campus. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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'We're Living The News': Student Journalists Are Owning The College Reopening Story

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Students at Grand Rapids Community College pass out T-shirts to promote virtual student life offerings during the fall semester. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Fewer Students Are Going To Community College, Despite High Unemployment

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Students move into dorms on Monday at the University of Georgia in Athens. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Move In, Move Out: For In-Person College, Everything Rests On The First Few Weeks

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A College Student Is Coming Home. Should The Whole Family Wear Masks?

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How Do Colleges And Students Ensure Safety Of Traveling Home For Thanksgiving?

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Students chat on a lawn this fall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It's unclear how disruptions to campus life during the pandemic might affect student voter turnout on Election Day. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Many Colleges Aren't Aggressively Testing Students For Coronavirus

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College Towns Welcome Students Back But Worry COVID-19 Tags Along

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2 Michigan Colleges Face Coronavirus Outbreaks In The 1st Week Of School

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In Iowa, College Football Returns As State COVID-19 Cases Soar

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College Football Gives Iowa State University Normalcy During Pandemic

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Experts Say Colleges Should Rethink Punishing Students For Partying

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Emily Garti, a junior studying nutrition, gets her twice-weekly COVID-19 test at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Despite Mass Testing, University Of Illinois Sees Coronavirus Cases Rise

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Zia Huballah, a junior at Emory University, is starting the fall semester online from her family's home outside Atlanta. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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As Virtual Learning Continues, Some Families Struggle With Sharing Tech

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Colleges Report More COVID-19 Cases As Students Return To Campus

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UNC Student Journalists Share What It's Like To Cover Campus Reopening

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UNC's Attempt For An In-Person Fall Doesn't Go As Planned

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College Road Trip: UNC Students Move Out After COVID-19 Outbreak

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