Other colleges are attempting to control partying by taking steep disciplinary measures against the students that do gather.
Northeastern sent warnings to 115 freshmen who said in an Instagram poll that they plan to party. The university went as far as to threaten to rescind admissions.
Purdue and Syracuse have both suspended students who have been caught partying, and UConn has evicted them.
But universities that are reopening without substantive testing and tracing strategies can’t just point fingers at the students, experts say.