Colleges across the U.S. are increasingly requiring COVID-19 vaccination for on-campus learning. Check out the full list of colleges that require the vaccine.

What Colleges Require the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Live Updates on Campus Vaccine Requirements

Editor's Note: This article is updated regularly as new information becomes available.


An expanding list of U.S. colleges and universities say students must have received a COVID-19 vaccine before arriving on campus this fall. So far, most of the institutions that have announced the new mandate are private, with schools like Cornell University and Duke University paving the way. Many other universities, public and private, are waiting to determine the legality of such a mandate.

Most colleges already require on-campus students to be vaccinated against viral diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella. Government agencies suggest that schools may similarly require the new COVID-19 shot. But some state lawmakers — and at least two lawsuits — argue that inoculation can't be made mandatory while the vaccines are still categorized as "emergency use only."

Medical exemptions are guaranteed by law in all states, and religious exemptions, which are relatively easy to receive, are permitted by most. To reinforce the mandate, colleges could push unvaccinated students to enroll online instead.

If allowed on campus, unvaccinated students will likely be required to continue asymptomatic testing and could be excluded from activities like studying abroad.

A Full List of Colleges Requiring the COVID-19 Vaccine

Last Updated: May 18, 2021, at 9:37 a.m. PDT

States A-G

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

  • California College of the Arts
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California State University system*
    • Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico State, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno State, Fullerton, Humboldt State, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Cal Poly Pomona, Sacramento State, San Bernardino, San Diego State, San Francisco State, San José State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Marcos, Sonoma State, Stanislaus State
  • Chapman University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Dominican University of California
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Holy Names University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Menlo College
  • Occidental College
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Samuel Merritt University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Scripps College
  • Southwestern College
  • Stanford University
  • University of California system*
    • Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Southern California
  • University of the Pacific

Colorado

  • Colorado College
  • Colorado State University system*
    • Fort Collins, Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Regis University
  • Rocky Vista University
  • University of Colorado system
    • Anschutz Medical Campus, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver
  • University of Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado

Connecticut

  • Connecticut College
  • Post University
  • Trinity College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Yale University

Delaware

  • Delaware State University
  • University of Delaware

District of Columbia

  • American University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Trinity Washington University
  • University of the District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Emory University
  • Morehouse College
  • Morris Brown College
  • Spelman College
States H-M

Hawaii

  • University of Hawai'i System
    • Hawai'i, Hilo, Honolulu, Kapi'olani, Kaua'i, Leeward, Mānoa, Maui, West O'ahu, Windward

Idaho

Illinois

  • Columbia College Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • Roosevelt University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Indiana

  • DePauw University
  • Holy Cross College
  • Saint Mary's College
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Valparaiso University

Iowa

  • Grinnell College

Kansas

Kentucky

  • Berea College

Louisiana

  • Tulane University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

Maine

  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • College of the Atlantic
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  • University of New England

Maryland

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Morgan State University
  • Mount St. Mary's University
  • St. John's College
  • University System of Maryland
    • University of Maryland: Baltimore, Baltimore County, Center for Environmental Science, College Park, Eastern Shore, Global Campus
    • Bowie State, Coppin State, Frostburg State, Salisbury, Towson, University of Baltimore

Massachusetts

  • Amherst College
  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption University
  • Bentley University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Curry College
  • Dean College
  • Elms College
  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Hampshire College
  • Harvard University
  • Lasell University
  • Lesley University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts State University system
    • Bridgewater, Fitchburg, Framingham, College of Art and Design, College of Liberal Arts, Maritime Academy, Salem, Westfield, Worcester
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • New England Conservatory of Music
  • Northeastern University
  • Simmons University
  • Smith College
  • Springfield College
  • Suffolk University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Wellesley College
  • Wheaton College
  • William James College
  • Williams College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Michigan

  • Kalamazoo College
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Oakland University
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

Minnesota

  • Carleton College
  • Macalester College

Mississippi

Missouri

  • Culver-Stockton College
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Montana

States N-S

Nebraska

Nevada

  • Touro University Nevada

New Hampshire

  • Dartmouth College
  • Southern New Hampshire University

New Jersey

  • Drew University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Kean University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University
  • Saint Elizabeth University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stockton University
  • The College of New Jersey

New Mexico

  • St. John's College

New York

  • Alfred University
  • Barnard College
  • Cazenovia College
  • Clarkson University
  • City University of New York system*
    • Baruch College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Brooklyn College, College of Staten Island, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, Graduate Center, Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Guttman Community College, Hostos Community College, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, Macaulay Honors College, Medgar Evers College, New York City College of Technology, Queens College, Queensborough Community College, School of Labor and Urban Studies, School of Law, School of Professional Studies, The City College of New York, York College
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Five Towns College
  • Fordham University
  • Hamilton College
  • Hofstra University
  • Ithaca College
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America
  • Le Moyne College
  • Manhattanville College
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • School of Visual Arts
  • Siena College
  • Skidmore College
  • St. John's University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • State University of New York system*
    • Adirondack Community College, Alfred State, Alfred, Binghamton, Brockport, Broome, Buffalo State, Canton, Cayuga Community College, Clinton Community College, Cobleskill, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, College of Optometry, Columbia Greene Community College, Cornell (College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, College of Human Ecology, School of Industrial & Labor Relations, College of Veterinary Medicine), Corning Community College, Cortland, Delhi, Downstate Health Sciences, Dutchess Community College, Empire State, Erie, Farmingdale State, Fashion Institute of Technology, Finger Lakes Community College, Fredonia, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Genesee Community College, Geneseo, Herkimer, Hudson Valley Community College, Jamestown Community College, Jefferson, Maritime College, Mohawk Valley Community College, Monroe Community College, Morrisville, Nassau Community College, New Paltz, Niagara County Community College, North Country Community College, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Onondaga Community College, Orange County Community College, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Polytechnic Institute, Potsdam, Purchase, Rockland Community College, Schenectady County Community College, Stony Brook, Suffolk County Community College, Sullivan, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Ulster County Community College, University at Albany, University at Buffalo, Upstate Medical, Westchester Community College
  • Syracuse University
  • The New School
  • Union College
  • University of Rochester
  • Vassar College
  • Yeshiva University

North Carolina

  • Brevard College
  • Duke University
  • Livingstone College
  • Shaw University
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte
  • Wake Forest University

North Dakota

Ohio

  • Cleveland State University
  • Kenyon College
  • Mount St. Joseph University

Oklahoma

  • Mid-America Christian University

Oregon

  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland State University
  • Reed College
  • Southern Oregon University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Portland
  • Western Oregon University
  • Willamette University

Pennsylvania

  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Haverford College
  • Lehigh University
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Swarthmore College
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of the Sciences

Rhode Island

  • Brown University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Roger Williams University

South Carolina

  • Wofford College

South Dakota

States T-Z

Tennessee

  • Maryville College

Texas

  • Paul Quinn College
  • St. Edward's University

Utah

Vermont

  • Bennington College
  • Champlain College
  • Middlebury College
  • Saint Michael's College

Virginia

  • Bridgewater College
  • Hampton University
  • Hollins University
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • Marymount University
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary
  • Virginia Wesleyan University

Washington

  • Central Washington University
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology
  • Evergreen State College
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Seattle Film Institute
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Washington system
    • Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma
  • Washington State University system
    • Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver
  • Western Washington University
  • Whitman College

West Virginia

Wisconsin

  • Lawrence University

Wyoming

*Will only require the COVID-19 vaccine pending FDA approval.

Don't see your school on this list? Reach out to contact@bestcolleges.com if your college or university plans to require the COVID-19 vaccine this fall. Please include the relevant announcement link or email.

Note that this list covers COVID-19 vaccine requirements for fall 2021 on-campus or residential students and does not specify individual university policies such as vaccine exemptions. Some colleges may require all students, regardless of their residential status, to get vaccinated. Faculty and staff vaccine requirements may be different from the residential student requirements listed above.


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