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Campus Vaccine and Quarantine News

By Shorelight Team
Last updated on August 17, 2021

Help your students plan in advance before they head to campus in the US this fall.

What types of policies do US universities have in place this fall for coronavirus vaccines and quarantine periods? Read on to see how Shorelight universities are preparing – and how international students can plan in advance.

General Information for Students

  • Shorelight is the place to go for pursuing your higher education dreams in the US and we will support you with everything from visas to vaccines. All international students are welcome to travel and begin study across all of Shorelight partnership universities and those who don’t yet have a vaccine will be supported in getting one upon arrival.

  • All travelers to the United States, regardless of being vaccinated or not, are required to take a COVID test (test negative) prior to traveling

  • Our Shorelight Student Health Insurance covers COVID testing, treatment and vaccination - no out-of-pocket costs for the student

  • All students will have access to the COVID vaccination as soon as they enter the US, either via Campus COVID clinics or local pharmacies/vaccination sites

  • Students who have had a COVID vaccine already but that isn’t on the university approved list, will need to have another approved COVID vaccine upon arrival (detailed guidance can be provided by university staff)

  • Students should expect to be required to provide negative COVID tests throughout the quarantine process (if there is one in place) as well as periodically throughout the semester. 

  • If a campus requires vaccines, a negative COVID test will not be sufficient to waive quarantine and/or vaccination requirements. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Approved Vaccinations = Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer

World Health Organization (WHO) Approved Vaccinations = Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sinopharm BBIBP, Sinovac-CoronaVac, Covishield

Information is valid as of August 17, 2021. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the respective campus microsite. All information is subject to change.

Adelphi University

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

Yes

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

Local pharmacy/vaccination site/Adelphi University will provide a COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to unvaccinated students. Unvaccinated students must first self-quarantine off-campus for seven days.

Vaccines Accepted

WHO-approved

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Paper or digital vaccination record

Quarantine Required

Yes. Unvaccinated students must self-quarantine off campus for seven days after arrival in the United States and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result after their quarantine period and within 72 hours of move-in. Note that the cost of quarantine lodging is not part of program cost and students should plan accordingly.

Quarantine in Campus Housing

No. To sign up to quarantine at the hotel provided by the University, please contact Ling Chen directly at ling.chen@adelphi-international.org. Please note that students who wish to stay in a room provided by the university must be able to arrive between August 23-26. There are a limited number of beds; reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

Unvaccinated students are encouraged to arrive early to complete the self-quarantine process before orientation starts. If they are not able to and will still be under quarantine when classes start, students will be able to join classes virtually.

More Information

American University and American Collegiate DC

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

Yes. Students are expected to arrive fully vaccinated. If not possible, students can move in, but must begin vaccination process upon arrival.

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination sites

Vaccines Accepted

WHO-approved

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Paper or digital vaccination record

Quarantine Required

Seven days of quarantine for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students

Quarantine in Campus Housing

Yes

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

Students who are in the vaccination process can attend classes wearing masks while they await their second dose. It is important students come fully vaccinated to ensure they are able to fully participate in classes. Orientation will be held entirely online.

American Collegiate LA

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

Yes. Students are expected to arrive fully vaccinated. If not possible, students can move in but must begin vaccination process upon arrival.

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

Yes. Students are encouraged to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at LAX upon arrival.

Vaccines Accepted

WHO-approved

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

TBD. However, vaccination record does not need to be fully translated - only need to see student name, vaccine name, and date(s) received.

Quarantine Required

Students who are not vaccinated (WHO-accepted) will need to quarantine for seven to 10 days and will be supported in obtaining the vaccine.

Quarantine in Campus Housing

Yes

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

Some classes will be held virtually. Students must be fully vaccinated to attend any in-person classes.

More Information

Auburn University and Auburn University at Montgomery

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

No

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination sites

Vaccines Accepted

Vaccination not required

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Vaccination not required

Quarantine Required

Yes, all international students must quarantine for seven days, regardless of vaccination status

Quarantine in Campus Housing

Yes

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

No, students must arrive early enough to quarantine before classes begin

More Information

Cleveland State University

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

Students living on campus must be vaccinated; off-campus not required

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination sites

Vaccines Accepted

WHO-approved

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Paper or digital vaccination record or note from physician

Quarantine Required

All unvaccinated students (regardless of on vs. off campus housing) must quarantine for 14 days and begin vaccination process. Unvaccinated students must arrive by August 13 to be able to start and complete their quarantine before the start of classes

Quarantine in Campus Housing

Yes

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

No, all unvaccinated students must arrive by August 13 to quarantine before classes begin

More Information

Florida International University

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

TBD

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

Local pharmacy/vaccination site

Vaccines Accepted

TBD

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

TBD

Quarantine Required

Quarantine requirements have been lifted unless student has been in close contact with a confirmed case. Students must provide proof of negative COVID test taken within seven days prior to arrival in order to move into housing.

Quarantine in Campus Housing

In a designated building on campus or with friends/family off campus

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

Yes

More Information

Gonzaga University

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

Yes. Students are expected to arrive fully vaccinated. If not possible, students must begin vaccination and quarantine process upon arrival.

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination sites

Vaccines Accepted

WHO-approved

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Paper or digital vaccination record

Quarantine Required

Students who are not vaccinated (WHO accepted) will need to quarantine for seven to 10 days and will be supported in obtaining the vaccine. Partially vaccinated students will need to quarantine upon arrival, and wear masks and socially distance until they are fully vaccinated. (Students can finish their vaccination on campus or through a nearby clinic.)

Quarantine in Campus Housing

No, students who selected on-campus housing will need to quarantine in an off-campus hotel - this will be arranged by Gonzaga Global Student Services. Students will not need to cover the cost of the hotel. Meals will be provided and will be covered by student meal plan packages.

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

Unvaccinated students must arrive early enough to quarantine before classes begin. Vaccinated students will not need to quarantine.

More Information

Louisiana State University

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

No, but students who are unvaccinated will need a negative COVID test within five days of arrival

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination sites

Vaccines Accepted

TBD

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Vaccination not required, but paper or digital vaccination record will be accepted in lieu of a negative COVID test not required

Quarantine Required

No

Quarantine in Campus Housing

No quarantine required

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

No quarantine required

More Information

University of Central Florida

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

No

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination sites

Vaccines Accepted

Vaccination not required

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Vaccination not required

Quarantine Required

No, quarantine requirements have been lifted

Quarantine in Campus Housing

No quarantine required

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

No quarantine required

More Information

University of Dayton

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

No

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination sites

Vaccines Accepted

Vaccination not required

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Vaccination not required

Quarantine Required

Students who are not vaccinated (FDA and WHO accepted) will need to quarantine for seven days

Quarantine in Campus Housing

In a designated building on campus or with friends/family off campus

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

TBD

More Information

University of Illinois Chicago

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

Yes. Students are expected to arrive fully vaccinated. If not possible, students must begin vaccination and quarantine process upon arrival. Students can move in, but must be fully vaccinated prior to attending classes in person.

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination sites

Vaccines Accepted

WHO-approved

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Paper or digital vaccination record

Quarantine Required

TBD

Quarantine in Campus Housing

Yes - Students can quarantine in their dorm room on campus or in a designated quarantine building on campus

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

Yes

More Information

University of Kansas

University COVID News

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

No

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination sites

Vaccines Accepted

Vaccination not required

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Vaccination not required

Quarantine Required

Students who are not vaccinated (FDA- and WHO-accepted) are encouraged to follow

Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

Quarantine in Campus Housing

No quarantine required

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

No quarantine required

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

Yes. Students are expected to arrive fully vaccinated. If not possible, students can move in, but must begin vaccination process upon arrival.

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination sites

Vaccines Accepted

WHO-approved

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

TBD

Quarantine Required

No quarantining will be expected as all students will need to be vaccinated

Quarantine in Campus Housing

No quarantine required

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

No quarantine required

More Information

University of Massachusetts Boston

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

Yes. Students are expected to arrive fully vaccinated. If not possible, students can move in, but must begin vaccination process upon arrival.

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

Local pharmacy/vaccination site

Vaccines Accepted

WHO-approved

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Paper or digital vaccination record must be uploaded to the

UMass Boston website

Quarantine Required

No quarantine required

Quarantine in Campus Housing

No quarantine required

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

No quarantine required. Partially vaccinated students can also attend class in person. Conditions for attending classes include receiving a dose of an FDA-approved vaccine prior to attending class and surveillance testing until fully vaccinated status is acquired. Please contact University Health Services prior to your arrival to make arrangements to receive a second dose.

University of Mississippi

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

No

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination site

Vaccines Accepted

Vaccination not required

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Vaccination not required

Quarantine Required

Those who are not vaccinated must quarantine for seven days

Quarantine in Campus Housing

Yes

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

TBD

More Information

University of the Pacific

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

Yes. Students are expected to arrive fully vaccinated. If not possible, students can move in, but must begin vaccination process upon arrival.

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination sites

Vaccines Accepted

WHO-approved

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Paper or digital vaccine record

Quarantine Required

Students who are not vaccinated (WHO-accepted) will need to quarantine for seven days and will be supported in obtaining the vaccine.

Quarantine in Campus Housing

In a designated building on campus or with friends/family off campus. Free housing is available for any international student arriving between July 17 - August 15 who is partially vaccinated or unvaccinated. Meal plan is required. Those who arrive for the regular move-in date, August 15, and are partially vaccinated will be required to test three to five days post-arrival and move into quarantine housing on campus (no additional charge).

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

Participation in orientation and classes during quarantine to be confirmed.

More Information

University of South Carolina

University COVID News

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

No. All students will need to provide negative COVID results collected within five to seven days or less prior to moving into the dorms. Students who are partially vaccinated will need to start over when they arrive in the US (no earlier than 28 days past their last shot).

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

On-campus COVID clinic or other local pharmacies/vaccination sites

Vaccines Accepted

Vaccination not required

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Vaccination not required

Quarantine Required

No, quarantine requirements have been lifted. Students are encouraged to take WHO- or CDC-approved vaccines. Unvaccinated students will be required to follow a social distancing policy for seven days after arrival (unvaccinated students can participate in required activities and go out for food, but must remain masked and should isolate as much as possible other than the aforementioned activities).

Quarantine in Campus Housing

No quarantine required

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

No quarantine required

University of Utah

University COVID News

State Public Health Site

Vaccine Required for Enrollment

No

Where to Get the Vaccine on Arrival

Local pharmacy/vaccination site

Vaccines Accepted

Vaccination not required

Proof of COVID Vaccine Required

Vaccination not required

Quarantine Required

No, quarantine requirements have been lifted

Quarantine in Campus Housing

No quarantine required

Virtual Class Start During Quarantine

No quarantine required

More Information

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