What Colleges Require the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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What Colleges Require the COVID-19 Vaccine?
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Published on August 3, 2021

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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: August 2, 2021, at 9:23 a.m. PDT

States A-G





  • Gateway Community College
  • Prescott College



  • American Jewish University
  • California College of the Arts
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California Jazz Conservatory
  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University system
    • Bakersfield, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Channel Islands, Chico State, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno State, Fullerton, Humboldt State, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Sacramento State, San Bernardino, San Diego State, San Francisco State, San Jose State, San Marcos, Sonoma State, Stanislaus State
  • Chapman University
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Dominican University of California
  • Golden Gate University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Holy Names University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Menlo College
  • Mills College
  • MiraCosta College
  • Occidental College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Saint Mary's College of California
  • Samuel Merritt University
  • San Diego Community College District*
    • City, College of Continuing Education, Mesa, Miramar
  • Santa Clara University
  • Scripps College
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • 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 La Verne
  • University of Redlands
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of the Pacific
  • Whittier College


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


  • Albertus Magnus College
  • Connecticut College
  • Connecticut State Colleges & Universities
    • Asnuntuck Community College, Capital Community College, Central Connecticut State, Charter Oak State College, Eastern Connecticut State, Gateway Community College, Housatonic Community College, Manchester Community College, Middlesex Community College, Naugatuck Community College, Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Norwalk Community College, Quinebaug Valley Community College, Southern Connecticut State, Three Rivers Community College, Tunxis Community College, Western Connecticut State
  • Post University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Trinity College
  • University of Connecticut system
    • Avery Point, Hartford, Health (Farmington), School of Law (Hartford), Stamford, Storrs, Waterbury
  • Sacred Heart University
  • University of Hartford
  • University of New Haven
  • Wesleyan University
  • Yale University


  • Delaware State University
  • Goldey-Beacom College
  • University of Delaware

District of Columbia

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



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



  • Brigham Young University-Hawaii
  • University of Hawai'i Community Colleges
    • Hawai'i Community College, Honolulu Community College, Kapi'olani Community College, Kaua'i Community College, Leeward Community College, University of Hawai'i Maui College, Windward Community College
  • University of Hawai'i system
    • Hawai'i, Hilo, Honolulu, Kapi'olani, Kaua'i, Leeward, Mānoa, Maui, West O'ahu, Windward



  • Aurora University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • Elmhurst University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois State University
  • Knox College
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois system
    • Chicago, Springfield, Urbana-Champaign


  • Butler University
  • DePauw University
  • Earlham College
  • Goshen College
  • Holy Cross College
  • Indiana University system
    • Bloomington, East, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Northwest, Purdue University Columbus, Purdue University Indianapolis, South Bend, Southeast
  • Saint Mary's College
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Valparaiso University
  • Wabash College


  • Grinnell College



  • Berea College
  • Centre College
  • Simmons College of Kentucky


  • Dillard University
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Tulane University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana


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


  • Goucher College
  • Hood College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • McDaniel College
  • Morgan State University
  • Mount St. Mary's University
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • St. John's College
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • Stevenson University
  • University System of Maryland
    • Bowie State, Coppin State, Frostburg State, Salisbury, Towson, University of Baltimore, University of Maryland (Baltimore, Baltimore County, Center for Environmental Science, College Park, Eastern Shore, Global Campus)
    • Washington Adventist University
    • Washington College


  • American International College
  • Amherst College
  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption University
  • Babson College
  • Bay Path University
  • Bentley University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Clark University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Curry College
  • Dean College
  • Elms College
  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Endicott 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, College of Art and Design, College of Liberal Arts, Fitchburg, Framingham, Maritime Academy, Salem, Westfield, Worcester
  • Merrimack College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • New England Conservatory of Music
  • New England Law | Boston
  • Northeastern University
  • Regis College
  • Simmons University
  • Smith College
  • Springfield College
  • Stonehill College
  • Suffolk University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Wellesley College
  • Western New England University
  • Wheaton College
  • William James College
  • Williams College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute


  • Albion College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Michigan State University
  • Oakland University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan system
    • Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint
  • Wayne State University


  • Augsburg University
  • Carleton College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hamline University
  • Macalester College
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • St. Catherine University
  • St. Olaf College



  • Culver-Stockton College
  • Rockhurst University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Webster University
  • William Jewell College


States N-S



  • Creighton University
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University


  • Touro University Nevada

New Hampshire

  • Colby-Sawyer College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Franklin Pierce University
  • New England College
  • Rivier University
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Southern New Hampshire University

New Jersey

  • Caldwell University
  • Drew University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Felician University
  • Georgian Court University
  • Kean University
  • Monmouth University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University
  • Saint Elizabeth University
  • Saint Peter's University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stockton University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • William Paterson University

New Mexico

  • St. John's College

New York

  • Adelphi University
  • Alfred University
  • Bank Street College of Education
  • Bard College
  • 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
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Columbia University
  • Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • Cornell University
  • Five Towns College
  • Fordham University
  • Hamilton College
  • Hartwick College
  • Hilbert College
  • Hofstra University
  • Ithaca College
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America
  • Keuka College
  • Le Moyne College
  • Manhattan College
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Manhattanville College
  • Marist College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Nazareth College
  • New York Film Academy
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Russell Sage College
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • School of Visual Arts
  • Siena College
  • Skidmore College
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • St. Francis College
  • St. John Fisher 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 Juilliard School
  • The New School
  • Trocaire College
  • Union College
  • University of Rochester
  • Utica College
  • Vassar College
  • Wagner College
  • Wells College
  • Yeshiva University

North Carolina

  • Bennett College
  • Brevard College
  • Duke University
  • Elon University
  • Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Lees-McRae College
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Livingstone College
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Salem College
  • Shaw University
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte
  • Wake Forest University
  • Warren Wilson College

North Dakota


  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Kenyon College
  • Mount St. Joseph University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • The College of Wooster


  • Mid-America Christian University


  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Lane Community College
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Linfield University
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Oregon State University
  • Pacific University
  • Portland State University
  • Reed College
  • Southern Oregon University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Portland
  • Western Oregon University
  • Willamette University


  • Allegheny College
  • Alvernia University
  • Bryn Athyn College of the New Church
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • Cabrini University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chatham University
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Duquesne University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Gettysburg College
  • Gwynedd Mercy University
  • Haverford College
  • Holy Family University
  • Immaculata University
  • Juniata College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Neumann University
  • Point Park University
  • Rosemont College
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • Susquehanna University
  • Swarthmore College
  • The University of the Arts
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Scranton
  • University of the Sciences
  • Ursinus College
  • Villanova University
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Widener University
  • Wilkes University
  • Williamson College of the Trades

Rhode Island

  • Brown University
  • Bryant University
  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • Johnson & Wales University-Providence
  • Providence College
  • Rhode Island College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Roger Williams University
  • Salve Regina University
  • University of Rhode Island

South Carolina

  • Furman University
  • Wofford College

South Dakota

States T-Z



  • Christian Brothers University
  • Maryville College
  • Vanderbilt University


  • Paul Quinn College
  • Rice University
  • Seminary of the Southwest
  • St. Edward's University


  • Westminster College


  • Bennington College
  • Champlain College
  • Landmark College
  • Middlebury College
  • Saint Michael's College
  • University of Vermont*
  • Vermont State Colleges System
    • Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, Vermont Technical College


  • Bridgewater College
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • George Mason University
  • Hampton University
  • Hollins University
  • James Madison University
  • Longwood University
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • Marymount University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Radford University
  • Randolph College
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Roanoke College
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary
  • University of Lynchburg
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Richmond*
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • William & Mary*


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

West Virginia

  • Bethany College
  • University of Charleston


  • Beloit College
  • Carthage College
  • Lawrence University
  • Marquette University


*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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