As American students get ready to return to university or start out at third level for the first time, preparations are anything but standard amid the coronavirus pandemic. The New York Times conducted a survey in an attempt to gauge the number of confirmed cases of the virus at American universities. It found that there are now more than 51,000 confirmed infections at over 1,000 institutions.
Many colleges have been reporting spikes in recent weeks, particularly as dorms have reopened. As of September 02, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa had 1,367 cases, the highest number of any third level institution in the country. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had the second highest number with 1,192 while the University of Central Florida rounded off the top three with 1,100.