The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. Life changed as we knew it. Stay-at-home orders, mask mandates, and social distancing altered the way we lived day-to-day. Lives, jobs, and plans of the future were put on hold.
Our world worked tirelessly to invent the COVID-19 vaccination. Finally, in December 2020, the first person received the vaccination outside of a clinical trial in the U.S. The vaccination, once again, shifts the conversation.
In higher education, the 2020 school year focused on transitioning to online classes and striving to provide the best experience for at-home students. 2021 shifts to the transition back to campus, and with it, the intense debate has ignited of whether or not to require COVID-19 vaccinations in the upcoming fall semester.
Below are the decisions of the top 102 universities on student, faculty, and staff COVID-19 vaccination requirements, as of June 22nd, 2021. We've included links to the university's COVID-19 portal for the latest news and updates.
How Colleges and Universities are Transitioning to In-Person Classes
The curated list offers a holistic look at the status of vaccination requirements at each of the top 101 universities of 2021, as of June 22nd.
The following colleges and universities have chosen to require students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester.
1) Princeton University (NJ)
2) Harvard University (MA)
3) Columbia University (NY)
4) Yale University (CT)
6) Stanford University (CA)
9) Johns Hopkins University (MD)
9) Northwestern University (IL)
12) Duke University (NC)
13) Dartmouth College (NH)
14) Brown University (RI)
14) Vanderbilt University (TN)
16) Rice University (TX)
18) Cornell University (NY)
19) University of Notre Dame (IN)
21) Emory University (GA)
23) Georgetown University (DC)
26) Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
28) Wake Forest University (NC)
30) Tufts University (MA)
34) University of Rochester (NY)
35) Boston College
41) Tulane University (LA)
42) Brandeis University (MA)
49) Lehigh University (PA)
49) Northeastern University (MA)
53) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)
53) Santa Clara University (CA)
53) Villanova University (PA)
58) Syracuse University (NY)
63) Rutgers University-New Brunswick (NJ)
66) Fordham University (NY)
66) George Washington University (DC)
66) Loyola Marymount University (CA)
66) Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
74) Virginia Tech
76) American University (DC)
76) Yeshiva University (NY)
80) Gonzaga University (WA)
80) Howard University (DC)
80) Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
88) Marquette University (WI)
Some colleges and universities have decided not to require the vaccination prior to returning to campus. These schools are listed below.
42) Case Western Reserve University (OH)
49) Pepperdine University (CA)
49) University of Miami (FL)
53) Purdue University--West Lafayette (IN)
66) Southern Methodist University (TX)
74) Clemson University (SC)
76) Baylor University (TX)
80) Brigham Young University--Provo (UT)
88) Elon University (NC)
97) Auburn University (AL)
Pending Requirement (9%)
The following universities have pending proposals to require the COVID-19 vaccination on campus. Many of these proposals depend on FDA approval.
University of California campuses proposed a vaccination requirement policy in April. The governor recently issued a new executive order related to vaccinations and testing on university and college campuses. Changes will be implemented in the coming weeks.
39) College of William & Mary (VA)
The majority of top universities will require students, faculty, staff, and any other individuals living or visiting campus to receive the COVID-19 vaccination prior to their return. As the fall semester approaches, more schools have implemented these policies. We plan to see continued changes in the higher ed space in the coming months.
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