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Over 2,000 students live outside the U. timezone. Here’s how that affects class times.
Until March 19, most of the University's 5,267 undergraduate students were operating in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Now spread across the globe, students are finding various ways to adapt to their new schedules.
“The first week was the hardest week,” says Anne Wen ’22, who is from the territory of Guam. “I remember one day I went to bed at 9 p.m., woke up at midnight to be engaged in a journalism seminar, went to bed at 4 a.m, and then woke up again.”
The next day Wen told her professor: “I just can’t do this anymore; I can’t go to bed, then wake up again, and go back to bed.”
Wen is not the only University student navigating class from a different time zone. According to Tigerbook data, which includes data on the vast majority of undergraduate students, 2,089 undergraduate students live in time zones outside of EDT (UTC-4), each with different levels of disruptions to their class, club, and social schedules. This model does not account for those who still remain on campus.
The following interactive graphic shows how many University students have class during typical sleep hours in their local time, defined as 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. The tool also calculates the number of students who now may have evening classes due to the time zone shift. Evenings are defined as 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.