Fall Semester 2021

FAQs on Northeastern's Vaccination Requirement for Fall 2021

All students returning to Northeastern University’s campuses for the Fall 2021 term will be expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of classes.

As parents and students prepare for a return to campus in the fall, here are some frequently asked questions regarding Northeastern’s vaccination requirement.

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Northeastern to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students this fall

As part of the university’s return to in-person learning, students on all Northeastern campuses will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the Fall 2021 semester.
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Student Vaccination Requirements for Fall 2021

Published 4/6/21

Beginning in the fall academic term, all students attending Northeastern University’s campuses will be expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of classes.  

The new vaccination policy applies across our global campuses and to all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Northeastern will require proof of inoculation with vaccines that are approved in the country where the campus the student is attending is located. 

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Fall Semester Update

Published 3/9/21

As the university continues to progress successfully through the spring semester, Northeastern is turning its sights toward Fall 2021 planning. Current plans are to return to a normal fall semester with regular campus activities.

While COVID-19 will not be eliminated (it will likely be with us for years to come) the vast majority of scientific forecasts anticipate that the virus will be well under control by September. This includes the likelihood of widespread vaccination and the resumption of on-site K-12 education, which will relieve the tremendous care-giving burden that many of our faculty and staff, as well as students, have shouldered over the past year.

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Northeastern University announces Fall 2021 plan

Northeastern community members said they look forward to in-person classes and other activities following Northeastern Provost David Madigan’s announcement that campus will be fully open in the fall of 2021.
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COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination

Vaccine Distribution

Dear Northeastern University community,
We are writing to update you on Northeastern’s vaccination program. Earlier this week, the state of Massachusetts announced that, due to limited federal supply, it will prioritize vaccine distribution to its mass vaccination sites, medical facilities, and pharmacies. This means that some other sites—such as those on college and university campuses—will not receive additional vaccine in the near term.

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COVID cases are rising. Here’s what you need to know.

COVID-19 cases may be rising, but Northeastern’s test and trace system is working. Here’s all you need to know about contact tracing.
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Health and Safety Reminder for Northeastern Students

Published 3/28/21

Northeastern has recently seen a steady rise in positive Covid-19 tests among the student population. Our contact tracing experts attribute this increase primarily to students “letting their guard down” and engaging in social behavior that can easily spread the virus.

As the semester nears its end, the current increase in positives among the students is reason to remind everyone that it is more important than ever to stay the course with Northeastern’s health and safety protocols that include mask wearing, social distancing and adhering to a frequent COVID-19 testing schedule.

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COVID-19 Vaccines 101

Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute has launched COVID-19 Vaccine 101, an easy to understand 30-minute course designed to educate people who are unsure whether they will opt-in to receive the immunization.

COVID-19 Testing

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Cabot Testing Center Hours

Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 5pm
Monday: 7am to 7pm
Tuesday: 6am to 7pm
Wednesday: 7am to 7pm
Thursday: 7am to 7pm
Friday: 6am to 7pm

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Northeastern announces in-person graduate student commencement ceremonies at Fenway Park

The university will hold in-person commencement exercises for graduate students at Boston’s iconic ballpark on Sunday, May 9, following the undergraduate ceremonies the previous day. A ceremony for graduates of the College of Professional Studies will also be held on Saturday evening, May 8.
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Graduate Student Commencement Exercises

Published 3/17/21

Following an earlier update this week about spring commencement plans, Northeastern’s graduate students made their voices heard. The desire to celebrate commencement together, in person, is abundantly clear.

Throughout the pandemic, Northeastern has remained agile and flexible—allowing the university to pivot quickly if needed. Consistent with this approach, Northeastern is pleased to share that it has secured Fenway Park on Sunday, May 9 to allow for our graduate students to experience in-person commencement ceremonies similar to what Northeastern announced for our undergraduates.

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Northeastern to hold undergraduate commencement ceremonies in Fenway Park

Northeastern’s 2021 graduates will celebrate the university’s 119th commencement exercises at historic Fenway Park on May 8. The university will split the 4,000 undergraduates into two separate ceremonies to accommodate state physical distancing requirements. Graduate students will join the weeklong celebration, which includes a procession through Northeastern's Boston campus capped off by photo opportunities at Matthews Arena.
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Commencement Update

Published 3/15/21

Here is an update on the university’s 2021 commencement plans for the three cohorts of graduates Northeastern will recognize—2021 undergraduates, 2021 graduate and Ph.D. students, and 2020 graduates. The university will continue to keep the community informed as plans progress.

Planning will continue to be guided by science and remain agile so that the university can adjust course should conditions change. Northeastern will inform the community immediately if this should happen.

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Student Life

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Wellness Week brings activities to help you relax, recharge

Students helped organize a week of events that focus on holistic wellness and mental health. From March 21 to 27, you can join yoga classes, learn to meditate, share self-care tips, and focus on mindfulness and resilience by taking part in multiple in-person and virtual events.
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COVID-19 has been hard on our mental health. Here are some ways to keep practicing mindfulness and resilience.

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Announcing Care Days and Campus Changes

Published 3/11/21

Students have played a critical role in making this academic year the best it could be under these extraordinary circumstances these past 12 months.

The hard work has been evident, and several changes have been made to provide all students—on all of our North American campuses—a well-deserved opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate. These opportunities have been made possible because of the excellent work students have done to keep our campuses healthy and safe.

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Here’s how 7 students are feeling about their first semester at Northeastern

What would you tell prospective students? How do you plan to achieve your goals? What clubs do you wish Northeastern offered? Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, gets feedback from seven first-year students.

Student Group Spotlight

Discover a new student group each Wednesday on Northeastern’s Instagram.

11/18/20 - BOSTON, MA:  Students draw with chalk and paint as part of the Art Project hosted by the Office of Global Services and the Mural Club on Centennial Common on Nov. 18, 2020. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

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Home to nearly 400 student organizations, Northeastern offers endless opportunities for your student to get involved.

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‘Feeling safe at Northeastern is a really good feeling’

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Daniel Simpson, who studies mechanical engineering, demonstrates his sanitizing robot inside the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex on Northeastern's Boston campus on Dec. 15, 2020. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

He built a COVID-19-busting robot to sanitize your desk

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09/28/20 - BOSTON, MA. - Students Colin Keil, who studies computer science and Zhiyong Zhang, who studies electrical and computer engineering work on a robot in the ISEC building on Sept. 28, 2020. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students can participate in research and creative endeavors across the disciplines at Northeastern through The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

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Greg Dowling, left, moves his son Cole Dowling into his dorm in West Village for the spring semester. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

Move-in is a big moment for Northeastern parents, too

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Additional Resources

NUPD Advisory Board

The NUPD Advisory Board’s mission is to guide, inform, and strengthen NUPD’s relationship with the community—both within and outside Northeastern.

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Dates to Remember

Feb 22

First day of summer class registration for continuing students

Mar 22

Fall class offerings posted on web

Apr 12

First day of fall class registration for continuing students

Apr 19

Patriots Day, no classes (Boston campus)

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11/05/2020 BOSTON, MA. - Zeynep Gul, who studies architecture, works in the dining tent outside West Village on Northeastern’s Boston campus on Nov. 5, 2020. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Study Spaces On Campus

Students can use this tool to find a safe space to study, participate in remote classes, and collaborate.

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24/7 Mental Health Support

Your student can access confidential, 24/7 mental health support through Find@Northeastern.

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5 years, 2 degrees

Northeastern’s PlusOne programs allow undergraduates to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years—and still take advantage of Northeastern’s signature experiential opportunities.

11/14/17 - BOSTON, MA. - Students play games at Campus Crossroads as a part of International Education Week on Nov. 14, 2017. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Resources for international families

Is your student new to the United States? The Office of Global Services is here to help with visa applications, documentation, employment opportunities, and student support.

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03/19/19 - SALT LAKE CITY, UT. - The Northeastern University Men's Basketball team arrive at the Salt Lake City airport for the NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2019. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

International Travel

The Northeastern Travel Support Network promotes safety beyond the Boston campus with 24/7 international emergency assistance.

September 18, 2014 - Tessine Murji, right, SSH'18, and Selbe Van Winkle, centre, SSH'18, speak to Katryna Gouin, S'15, who did a co-op abroad where she taught biology at the International School of Bremen in Germany.

Co-op & Career Resources

Set your child up for career success with Northeastern’s cornerstone experiential learning program – cooperative education (co-op).

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