*Published on July 13, 2021*

In June, Northeastern announced new COVID-19 testing requirements for the summer. Today’s announcement provides an update on our fall COVID-19 strategy.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Students are arriving at our campuses from around the world, where vaccination rates and COVID cases may vary significantly. To promote the wellness of our university community in these new conditions, we will institute the following testing requirements.

Additional details and logistics will be announced as the fall term approaches. Starting the fall term with this measured approach allows us to gather robust data to fully assess our community’s testing needs. We will reevaluate our testing strategy in October and update the community on any changes.

Update on Vaccine Requirements for U.S. Students 

Students who attend classes or visit our U.S.-based campuses are required to be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall term. Northeastern will accept a vaccine approved in the United States or a vaccine listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) to fulfill this requirement. Students should submit the Vaccine Verification form before August 15 to upload documentation of immunization against COVID-19 or to request a medical or religious exemption

Based on new CDC guidance on revaccination, Northeastern requires students who received an unapproved vaccine to be revaccinated with a vaccine approved in the United States or listed for emergency use by WHO. Students should get an approved vaccine as soon as possible. They will be permitted to attend class in person before full vaccination but should wear a mask and follow the testing guidelines outlined above.  

Masks and Distancing 

As always, our requirements are informed by sound science and public health guidelines. Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks or practice physical distancing, unless required to do so by local, state, provincial, or federal authorities. Unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear masks and practice healthy distancing.

We urge everyone to continue following the common-sense health measures that protect our community from any illness—washing your hands frequently, and staying away from campus and wearing a mask if you feel ill.

We will continue to keep you updated in the months ahead. Please visit our Testing and Vaccination FAQs for more details on the updated health and safety requirements. Please email NUCovid19Qs@northeastern.edu with other questions.


Ken Henderson

Chancellor and Senior Vice President for Learning