At least 21 colleges and universities announce campus closures following Hurricane Idalia

This information was last updated at 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 29.

As Hurricane Idalia rips northbound through the Gulf Coast, it’s expected to make landfall in the Tampa area as a Category 3 Wednesday morning. Facing a four- to seven-foot storm surge, the West Florida community is quickly taking action.

But Tampa higher education leaders aren’t the only ones expecting to cancel classes. As the hurricane lands in the United States, it will be carving its path through Florida and up through coastal Georgia and the Carolinas.

Consequently, 21 colleges have announced campus closures and class cancellations across at least one of its campuses. Many more institutions surrounding Idalia’s path remain monitoring the storm.

This information was last updated at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Florida colleges closing

  • Bethune Cookman University – Tuesday through Friday and shifting online
  • Eastern Florida State College – Tuesday through Thursday
  • Flagler College – Wednesday
  • Florida A&M University – Tuesday through Friday
  • Florida Gateway College – Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Florida Gulf Coast University – Tuesday and on notice for Wednesday
  • Florida SouthWestern University – Tuesday and on notice for Wednesday
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville – Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Florida State University – Tuesday through Friday
  • Keiser University – 10 campuses between Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Nova Southeastern University – four campuses closed Tuesday and until further notice
  • Polk State College – Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Rasmussen University – Fort Myers location closed Tuesday
  • Tallahassee Community College – Tuesday through Friday
  • University of Central Florida – Tuesday and Wednesday across all campuses
  • University of Florida – Tuesday and Wednesday
  • University of South Florida – Tuesday and Wednesday

Georgia colleges closing

  • College of Coastal Georgia – shift online Tuesday through Friday
  • Georgia Southern University – Wednesday and Thursday, pending notice. Classes will shift online.
  • Savannah College of Art and Design – Savannah campus closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • Valdosta State University – Wednesday
Alcino Donadel
Alcino Donadel
Alcino Donadel is a UB staff writer and Florida Gator alumnus. A graduate in journalism and communications, his beats have ranged from Gainesville's city development, music scene, and regional little league sports divisions. He has triple citizenship from the U.S., Ecuador, and Brazil.

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