Only a month ago, Rutgers University became the first US university to announce it will require all students enrolled in the fall 2021 semester to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus. The university cited President Biden’s expectation that all adults in the US could have access to at least one inoculation dose by early summer, therefore making a fully vaccinated student body a reasonable possibility come September. In the weeks since Rutgers’ March 25th statement, many other colleges across the US have followed suit, with the list of schools announcing mandatory vaccines for the coming semester now exceeding 100.
Just last week, the California State University and University of California systems both announced they will require all students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated if they plan to be on campus in the fall. Given the large size of both university systems, this decision will impact more than 1 million people.
The Ivy League was quick to join the list of US universities to announce a COVID vaccine requirement, with Cornell and Brown among the first five schools in the country to do so early this month. In a statement, Cornell said given widely expanded vaccine eligibility in some US states alongside increasing vaccine production, “it is likely that all members of our community will be able to obtain vaccination sometime this spring or summer.” Brown noted with the instatement of a vaccine requirement, it expects to provide “normal residential, co-curricular and athletic experiences” for students.
Similar announcements came last week from Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth and UPenn. Harvard has yet to join the pack with a formal requirement, but the university is strongly encouraging students to get vaccinated before the fall semester begins.
Other top universities that have made COVID vaccines mandatory include Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Northeastern, NYU, Duke and many more. As of 26th April, the complete list of US universities to require students and staff to be vaccinated before returning to campus is as follows. However, the list is constantly growing — so if you’re curious about a university that isn’t listed here, we encourage you to visit their website to confirm!
With COVID restrictions still affecting students around the world, many US universities have announced they will extend their test-optional policies for at least another year. To learn more about how to navigate standardized testing limitations, check out our blog on AP courses as a great alternative to the SAT and ACT. From there, if you’ve still got questions — we’ve got answers! Click the link below to schedule a free one-hour consultation with one of our expert academic advisors to learn how Crimson can help.