Information for spring break, March 2–8

This announcement includes important information for students, faculty and staff in preparation for the university’s spring break, scheduled for Monday, March 2, through Sunday, March 8. 
During spring break, no classes will be held, but the university will function as normal. 
Please note: Students from professional schools (Beasley School of Law, Kornberg School of Dentistry, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy and the School of Podiatric Medicine) should check with their schools for more specific scheduling information since they may follow a different academic calendar.


Undergraduate residence halls will close on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 12 p.m. and will reopen on Sunday, March 8, at 10 a.m. 
Students leaving campus have a great opportunity to be sustainable and help conserve energy. Before leaving for break:

  • discard any food in refrigerators and unplug the appliance, if possible;
  • if applicable, turn heat down to 60 degrees;
  • turn off all lights and power strips, unplug electrical equipment; and
  • for safety and energy efficiency, make sure all windows are closed and locked regardless of outside temperatures. A window left open even slightly can lead to frozen and broken pipes. 

Visit the University Housing and Residential Life website for more information and reminders before leaving.
Students living off-campus and leaving for spring break, please:

  • activate your security system, if you have one;
  • ask a neighbor to watch your home and report suspicious activity;
  • be sure your door and window locks work properly;
  • check smoke detectors to make sure they are working;
  • suspend mail delivery (you can do this online);
  • take your valuables with you;
  • use light timers to make your home appear occupied at night; 
  • leave the area and call police immediately if you return home and suspect someone was inside; and
  • update or create a home inventory by taking photos and listing descriptions and serial numbers of your belongings. In the event of a burglary, having a detailed inventory can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file.

Students not leaving for spring break are encouraged to use the Walking Escort Program offered through Campus Safety Services, available daily from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. Call 8-WALK (8-9255) from a campus phone or 215-777-9255 to request a security escort.

During spring break, some key services may run abbreviated hours. Use the following websites for hours of operation.

Ambler–Main Campus shuttle service will be suspended for spring break after the last regularly scheduled trip on Feb. 28.  Service will resume at the regularly scheduled time on Monday, March 9.  Flight shuttle operations will be suspended for spring break at the end of service on Feb. 28 at 3 a.m. and will resume on Sunday, March 8, at 7 p.m.  
Visit the Shuttle Services website for detailed scheduling information for all shuttle services. 
If you are staying in the area for spring break, consider attending the following events on Main Campus, and those scheduled at the Ambler Campus.  
Women’s Basketball:

  • Saturday, Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. vs. Tulsa at McGonigle Hall (Senior Day) 

Men’s Basketball:

  • Sunday, March 1, at 12 p.m. vs. USF at the Liacouras Center
  • Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. vs. Tulsa at the Liacouras Center (Senior Night) 

Women’s Gymnastics:

  • Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. vs. Bowling Green and University of Pennsylvania at McGonigle Hall (Alumni Night)
  • Sunday, March 8, at 4 p.m. vs. Ursinus at McGonigle Hall (Senior Day) 

Women’s Lacrosse:

  • Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. vs. UMBC at Howarth Field (Temple Sports Complex) 

Visit Athletics for more information about these events and to purchase tickets.

Have a safe and enjoyable spring break.