Hurricane Irene is already leading some colleges to plan closures and many others to adjust schedules. In the Southeast, closures for today or tomorrow have been announced by such institutions as Cape Fear Community College (for tomorrow), Mount Olive College (also calling off a graduation ceremony planned for Saturday) and Norfolk State University.
Many colleges in the Middle Atlantic and Northeast -- where Irene's force is expected late Saturday or Sunday -- faced other logistical challenges. At several institutions, Irene's expected arrival coincides with when either new or continuing students are supposed to move in. Ursinus College had scheduled continuing students to return Sunday, but has told them they can come back Saturday to avoid driving during the worst of the storm. Haverford College, Rutgers University and the University of New Hampshire were among many announcing similar changes.
Towson University, meanwhile, is offering shelter to 600 international students who are working in Ocean City and other Maryland areas that are being evacuated, The Baltimore Sun reported.