24,607 Students in the Second Corona Semester
For a long time, the library was open this semester. In the current "hard" lockdown, it too is closed until probably Jan. 10, 2021.
The start of classes had been postponed by three weeks to Nov. 2. To accommodate undecideds in the special situation, the university had accepted enrollments until shortly before the start of the lecture period. This offer was taken up by numerous young people.
This also delayed the establishment of the so-called "cut-off date figures". The figures shows 4,402 newly admitted students (first-time and new enrollments). This are less than 357 students like in the previous year. 5,101 are in their 1st semester. At 3,263, the number of students with foreign passports is similar to the previous year (3,424).
Almost the same number of students (20,055) as in the last winter semester (20,182) have re-registered (plus 150 leaves of absence) "We take this as a good sign that together we have mastered the difficult conditions of the summer digital semester well," commented University President Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey. "Whether factors such as the relatively poor broadband coverage in northern Hesse had an impact on the number of new enrollments in this Corona year is still being analyzed." Overall, university administrators rate the decline in new enrollments as moderate and expected.
Because of the Corona pandemic, teaching at the Kassel University, as elsewhere, is largely taking place digitally this semester. The "hard" lockdown now imposed means that face-to-face teaching will be suspended entirely until January 10, 2021, and libraries and dining halls will also be temporarily closed.