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Students: Summer 2021 Testing Requirements


*Published on June 9, 2021*

As Northeastern plans for the summer and the academic year ahead, we have an announcement regarding the summer COVID-19 testing requirements.

Summer 2021 Testing Requirements

Based on the best science available, current guidance from the CDC, Northeastern’s own testing data, and the insights of our faculty experts, Northeastern is instituting new testing requirements that will apply for the summer of 2021, beginning June 18, 2021. This guidance applies to all campuses where Northeastern requires regular COVID-19 testing.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals (faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors) are no longer required to participate in regular COVID-19 testing and no longer need to complete the Daily Wellness Check on a daily basis.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who require a negative COVID-19 test for university travel or a business-related activity may schedule tests as needed.

  • Unvaccinated individuals who regularly come to campus (one or more times per week) will be required to test every seven days and continue to complete the Daily Wellness Check.
  • Symptomatic students—both vaccinated and unvaccinated—should complete the Daily Wellness Check to report their symptoms and follow the directions for COVID-19 testing. They should return to campus activities only after they have received a negative test result, or as soon as they are cleared by a physician.
  • Off-campus students who live in areas surrounding the Boston campus, and who do not visit the campus regularly, are not required to continue testing for the summer. They should set themselves to Primarily Remote in the COVID-19 Test Scheduler for the duration of the summer.
    These testing requirements may be revised for the fall 2021 term. We will continue to update the community on testing requirements as we determine the protocols that best promote campus health and safety.

Update on Vaccination

Students who are fully vaccinated should complete the Self-Report COVID-19 Vaccination Form. If students are marked Primarily In-Person in the COVID-19 Test Scheduler, this will move them to their new testing cadence as described above. Everyone will have continued access to update the vaccination form again as plans or vaccination status change. The form is accessible any time on the Northeastern Wellness ServiceNow app or at

Please note—students are required to be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall 2021 term. They will still need to submit proof of vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption through a separate process that will be announced later in June.

Thank you for all of your efforts to keep yourself—and our campus community—safe and healthy.


Ken Henderson
Chancellor and Senior Vice President for Learning

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