After nearly 18 months of majority-online classes and stringent limitations on who can enter the campus, Hunter College is finally opening its doors to students. Those taking in-person classes will be expected to show up. Other students can enter campus with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
The Envoy visited Hunter on the eve of its reopening to document new developments and familiar sights. If you’re heading to campus, here’s what to expect.
Students who have their vaccination proof approved on CUNYFirst can enter through all entrances using their Hunter ID. Other students and guests must enter through the West building main entrance.
There is scaffolding at the West building main entrance, at the corner of 68th and Lexington, which makes the plaza less open and the doors harder to find. The North building’s 68th Street entrance also has scaffolding.
The study areas near the West building escalators have been renovated to include new couches, chairs and desks.
The cafeteria and other dining areas will be available to students on a “first-come, first-serve basis,” according to Hunter’s “Focus on Campus” plan. The capacities for this room and other rooms at Hunter are still unclear. The cash registers in the cafeteria have been removed.
Water fountain spouts are covered as a precautionary measure, but bottle refill stations are available.
The World Cup Café will resume operations, according to Hunter’s “Focus on Campus” plan. For now, the campus library location is still not operating.
There are fewer chairs in the third floor reading room. Most tables have a pack of disinfecting wipes.
The fourth floor is still designated for group study, with lots of chairs and tables.
The fifth floor is still closed for renovation. This floor has been closed to students for three years.
Most classrooms are locked, but a peek inside one classroom window shows a crowd of desks.