Traditionally, college students across New York State would be returning to their hometowns in early to mid December following their fall semester. Instead, many colleges have altered their fall semesters to have students return in late November to  accommodate the celebrations of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and other winter holidays.

According to a recent report by NBC New York every SUNY student must test negative for COVID-19 before leaving campus for the end of the fall semester. The tests all include any SUNY students who

 "..are taking at least one class on campus, working on campus, or using on-campus services including the gymnasium, library or dining hall."

In an article in the Times Union this past Tuesday, SUNY Chancellor Dr. Jim Malatras said

By requiring all students to test negative before leaving, we are implanting a safe, sensible policy that protects students' families and hometown communities and drastically reduces the chances of COVID-19 community spread.

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It's very likely that some SUNY students are returning to some of these towns below. Find out if your hometown made the list of "Top 50 Small Towns To Live In Across America"