These 5 Colleges Had the Biggest COVID Outbreaks

More than 6,600 cases have been tied to U.S. colleges—these campuses were hit the hardest.

As a new school year quickly approaches, educational institutions of all levels are faced with big decisions brought on by the coronavirus—including hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States. With that in mind, The New York Times conducted a comprehensive survey of every public four-year college in the country to find out how many COVID-19 cases have been reported on campus since the beginning of the pandemic. The survey also included all private institutions that compete in Division I sports and all schools identified as members "of an elite group of research universities." The results revealed more than 6,600 coronavirus cases across about 270 colleges. In addition, the survey results leveraged a database from Davidson College in North Carolina that gathered each school's plan, as of July 24, for conducting classes once the fall semester begins. Read on to see the five U.S. colleges with the biggest COVID outbreaks, and find out what they are planning to do come fall. And for more on the coronavirus and its impact on education, check out The 8 Most Likely Ways Kids Can Spread COVID at School, Experts Say.

University of Washington

Cherry blossom trees in front of a gowen hall building in the University of Washington

Location: Seattle, Washington

Cases: 249

Plan for fall classes: Primarily or fully online

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Texas A&M University

Texas A and M

Location: College Station, Texas

Cases: 302

Plan for fall classes: Primarily or fully in-person

University of Georgia

University of Georgia, Athens

Location: Athens, Georgia

Cases: 390

Plan for fall classes: Primarily or fully in-person

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University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida, Orlando

Location: Orlando, Florida

Cases: 438

Plan for fall classes: Hybrid of in-person and online

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas, Austin

Location: Austin, Texas

Cases: 449

Plan for fall classes: Primarily or fully in-person, but classes will be limited to 40 percent of capacity and final exams will be taken online

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