What Colleges Require the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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.

October 11, 2021 · Updated on August 18, 2022

What Colleges Require the COVID-19 Vaccine?
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Editor's Note: This article is updated regularly as new information becomes available. Reporting and data collection for this piece has been provided by Jessica Bryant, Anne Dennon, Darlene Earnest, Reece Johnson, Hannah Muniz, Rachel Schneider, Evan Castillo, Chloe Appleby, and Jordan Stewart-Rozema.


A still-expanding group of U.S. colleges and universities say students must receive a COVID-19 vaccine before arriving on campus. The first institutions to announce the mandate were private, with Cornell University and Duke University leading the way. More and more universities, private and public, have followed suit. Currently, over 1,000 colleges and universities require the COVID-19 vaccine for residential students.

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 COVID-19 shots.

Some state lawmakers — and at least two lawsuits — argued that inoculation can't be made mandatory while the experimental vaccines retained their Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) status, but full FDA approval of the mRNA-based Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on August 23 has already triggered a surge of college COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Medical exemptions are guaranteed by law in all states, and religious exemptions, which may be relatively easy to receive, are permitted by most. To reinforce the mandate, however, colleges could push unvaccinated students to enroll online instead. The University of Virginia disenrolled 238 students for failing to report vaccination status or file for an exemption.

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

To find out about your school's COVID-19 vaccine requirements, check your school's website. You can also review our full list below, which includes colleges requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for on-campus, residential students.

A Full List of Colleges Requiring the COVID-19 Vaccine

Last Updated: August 18, 2022, at 4:10 p.m. EST

States A-G

ALABAMA | ALASKA | ARIZONA | ARKANSAS | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | DELAWARE | DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA | FLORIDA | GEORGIA

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

  • Chamberlain University at Phoenix
  • Diné College
  • Prescott College

Arkansas

  • Arkansas Baptist College

California

Colorado

  • Colorado College
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University system*
    • Fort Collins, Pueblo
  • Fort Lewis College
  • 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

Connecticut

Delaware

  • Delaware College of Art and Design
  • Delaware State University
  • 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

Florida

  • Chamberlain University
    • Jacksonville, Miramar

Georgia

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Chamberlain University at Atlanta
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Emory University
  • Mercer University
    • **Students in health science programs with clinical experiences
  • Morehouse College
  • Morris Brown College
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Spelman College

States H-M

HAWAII | IDAHO | ILLINOIS | INDIANA | IOWA | KANSAS | KENTUCKY | LOUISIANA | MAINE | MARYLAND | MASSACHUSETTS | MICHIGAN | MINNESOTA | MISSISSIPPI | MISSOURI | MONTANA

Hawaii

  • Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

  • Butler University
  • Chamberlain University at Indianapolis
  • 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 Indianapolis
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Valparaiso University
  • Wabash College

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

  • Bellarmine University
  • Berea College
  • Centre College
  • Simmons College of Kentucky
  • Transylvania University

Louisiana

  • Centenary College of Louisiana
  • Central Louisiana Technical Community College
  • Chamberlain University at New Orleans
  • Dillard University
  • Nicholls State University
  • Northshore Technical Community College
  • Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College
  • Northwestern State University
  • Southern University system
    • Southern University and A&M College, New Orleans, Shreveport, Law Center
  • Tulane University
  • University of Louisiana
    • Lafayette, Monroe
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

Maine

  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Colby College
  • College of the Atlantic
  • Husson University
  • Maine Community College system
    • Central Maine Community College, Eastern Maine Community College, Kennebec Valley Community College, Northern Maine Community College, Southern Maine Community College, Washington County Community College, York County Community College
  • Maine Maritime Academy
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  • Thomas College
  • Unity College
  • University of Maine system
    • Augusta, Farmington, Fort Kent, Machias, Orono, Presque Isle, University of Southern Maine, School of Law
  • University of New England

Maryland

  • College of Southern Maryland
  • Goucher College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • McDaniel College
  • Montgomery 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

Massachusetts

  • 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
  • Cambridge College
  • 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 Association of Community Colleges
    • Berkshire, Bristol, Bunker Hill, Cape Cod, Greenfield, Holyoke, Massasoit, MassBay, Middlesex, Mount Wachusett, North Shore, Northern Essex, Quinsigamond, Roxbury, Springfield Technical
  • 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
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • Regis College
  • Simmons University
  • Smith College
  • Springfield College
  • Stonehill College
  • Suffolk University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts system
    • Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell
  • Wellesley College
  • Western New England University
  • Wheaton College
  • William James College
  • Williams College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Michigan

  • Chamberlain University at Troy
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Michigan School of Psychology
  • Michigan State University
  • Oakland University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan system
    • Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint
  • Wayne State University

Minnesota

  • Augsburg University
  • Carleton College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hamline University
  • Macalester College
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system**
    • Alexandria Technical and Community College, Anoka Technical College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, Bemidji State University, Central Lakes College Brainerd, Central Lakes College Staples, Century College White Bear Lakes campus, Century College Mahtomedi, Dakota County Technical College Rosemount campus, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Cloquet, Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, Hennepin Technical College Eden Prairie, Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, Lake Superior College Duluth, Minnesota State Community and Technical College Detroit Lakes, Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moorhead, Minnesota State Community and Technical College Wadena, Minnesota State College Southeast Red Wing, Minnesota State College Southeast Winona, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minnesota West Community and Technical College Canby, Minnesota West Community and Technical College Granite Falls, Minnesota West Community and Technical College Jackson, Minnesota West Community and Technical College Pipestone, Minnesota West Community and Technical College Worthington, Normandale Community College Bloomington, North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College Grand Rapids, Mesabi Range College Virginia, Mesabi Range College Eveleth, Rainy River Community College International Falls, Vermillion Community College Ely, Northland Community & Technical College East Grand Forks, Northland Community & Technical College Thief River Falls, Northwest Technical College Bemidji, Ridgewater College Hutchinson, Ridgewater College Willmar, Riverland Community College Austin, Riverland Community College Albert Lea, Riverland Community College Owatonna, Rochester Community & Technical College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, Saint Paul College, South Central College North Mankato, South Central College Faribault
      ** Students who live on campus or are on sports teams are required to either be vaccinated or tested regularly for COVID-19
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • St. Catherine University
  • St. Olaf College
  • The College of Saint Scholastica
  • University of Minnesota
    • Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, Twin Cities
  • University of St. Thomas

Mississippi

Missouri

  • Chamberlain University at St. Louis
  • Rockhurst University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • William Jewell College

Montana

States N-S

NEBRASKA | NEVADA | NEW HAMPSHIRE | NEW JERSEY | NEW MEXICO | NEW YORK | NORTH CAROLINA | NORTH DAKOTA | OHIO | OKLAHOMA | OREGON | PENNSYLVANIA | RHODE ISLAND | SOUTH CAROLINA | SOUTH DAKOTA

Nebraska

  • Creighton University
  • Doane University at Crete
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center

Nevada

  • Chamberlain University at Las Vegas
  • Touro University Nevada

New Hampshire

  • Dartmouth College
  • Franklin Pierce University
  • New England College
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Southern New Hampshire University

New Jersey

  • Caldwell University
  • Chamberlain University at North Brunswick
  • Drew University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Felician University
  • Georgian Court University
  • Kean University
  • Monmouth University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University
    • Camden, Brunswick, Newark
  • 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

  • Central New Mexico Community College
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • St. John's College
  • University of New Mexico system
    • Albuquerque, Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, Valencia

New York

North Carolina

  • Bennett College
  • Brevard College
  • Catawba College
  • Chamberlain University at Charlotte
  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • Elon University
  • Guilford College
  • Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Lees-McRae College
  • Meredith College
  • Methodist University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Salem College
  • Shaw University
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte
  • Wake Forest University
  • Warren Wilson College

North Dakota

Ohio

  • Antioch College
  • Capital University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Chamberlain University
    • Cleveland, Columbus
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Denison University
  • John Carroll University
  • Kenyon College
  • Methodist Theological School in Ohio
  • Miami University
  • Mount St. Joseph University
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
    • **Residential on-campus students
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Otterbein University
  • The College of Wooster
  • University of Toledo
  • Wilmington College
  • Xavier University

Oklahoma

Oregon

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

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

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

South Carolina

  • Claflin University
  • Furman University
  • Wofford College
  • Benedict College

South Dakota

States T-Z

TENNESSEE | TEXAS | UTAH | VERMONT | VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON | WEST VIRGINIA | WISCONSIN | WYOMING

Tennessee

  • American Baptist College
  • Meharry Medical College
  • The University of the South

Texas

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

Utah

  • University of Utah
  • Westminster College

Vermont

  • Bennington College
  • Castleton University
  • Champlain College
  • Landmark College
  • Middlebury College
  • Norwich University
  • Saint Michael's College
  • School for International Training
  • University of Vermont*
  • Vermont Law School
  • Vermont State Colleges system
    • Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, Vermont Technical College

Virginia

  • Bridgewater College
  • Chamberlain University
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Hollins University
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • Marymount University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary
  • University of Richmond*
  • Virginia Union University
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • William & Mary*

Washington

  • Antioch University at Seattle
  • Bastyr University
  • Bellevue College
  • Central Washington University
  • Columbia Basin College
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Evergreen State College
  • Gonzaga University
  • Highline College
  • Northwest School of Wooden BoatBuilding
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pacific Northwest University
  • Saint Martin's University
  • Seattle Colleges system
    • Central, North, South
  • Seattle Film Institute
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Tacoma Community College
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Washington system
    • Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma
  • Western Washington University
  • Whitman College
  • Whitworth University

West Virginia

  • University of Charleston

Wisconsin

  • Alverno College
  • Beloit College
  • Carthage College
  • Lawrence University
  • Marquette University
  • Ripon College

Wyoming

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

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

Note that this list covers COVID-19 vaccine requirements for 2022-2023 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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