COVID-19 Guidance and Fall 2021 Planning

Proof of COVID immunization and exemption process

*Published 6/21/21

Earlier this year, Northeastern University announced that beginning in the fall academic term, students attending Northeastern University’s campuses will be expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of classes. Northeastern is now launching a process for students to submit proof of vaccination or request a religious or medical exemption to the policy.

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Northeastern to suspend COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated individuals

Consistent with current CDC guidance, all fully vaccinated members of the Northeastern University community will no longer need to be tested regularly for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, beginning June 18, 2021. Faculty and staff are also now required to report their vaccination status or plans to the university by June 30.
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Update on mask-wearing and distancing protocols

*Published 5/19/21

Effective Saturday, May 29, Northeastern will no longer require fully vaccinated faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors on its Massachusetts campuses to wear masks indoors—including in residence halls, classrooms, dining halls, offices, fitness centers, COVID-19 testing centers, and campus buildings.

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Fall 2021 Vaccine Requirement

Beginning in the Fall 2021 academic term, all students attending Northeastern University will be expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of classes. Here is everything you need to know about Northeastern’s vaccination requirement, including up-to-date university messages and FAQs.

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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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Updated Policies and Frequently Asked Questions

Detailed information on Northeastern’s COVID-19 protocols for mask-wearing and physical distancing.

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Mark your calendar for Family & Friends Weekend

In this file photo, students walk to class against a backdrop of fall foliage. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Join us for a campus experience sprinkled with Boston attractions. Fall is a beautiful time to visit campus and most importantly, spend time and reconnect with your student.

Friday, October 22-Sunday, October 24, 2021

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New student orientation

7/15/19 - BOSTON, MA. - Incoming students play games during a new student orientation session on Centennial Common on July 15, 2019. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Husky 101 connects fall ’21 enrolled undergraduate first-year, transfer, Global ConnEXions, and veteran students and families with essential resources, programs, and platforms to chart their Northeastern path with global, research, and experiential opportunities and programs.

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Commencement 2021

Full coverage of Northeastern University’s 119th Commencement exercises and the 2021 graduates.
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Northeastern graduate students celebrated Commencement Sunday from the field of Fenway Park in Boston.

‘Your class, perhaps more than any other, is prepared for whatever comes next’

The sun shone bright on a Sunday deep with meaning as Northeastern graduate students were joined at Fenway Park by loved ones in person and in spirit—watching from the stands of the beloved ballpark and online—to celebrate 2021 Commencement across a pair of ceremonies on Mother’s Day.
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The Phantom of Fenway

Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, finds himself in an abandoned suite with Paws and an organ connected to the sound system at Fenway Park. What could possibly go wrong?
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Student Life

A golden retriever puppy.

Northeastern’s campus comfort puppy gets a name

The 6-month golden retriever puppy, in training to serve as a university-wide love bug and comfort pal, has been named Cooper. The name, chosen from among 400 suggestions by fans, is a reference to Northeastern’s unparalleled co-op program.
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The not-so secret life of bees

Elena Getsios’s beekeeping co-op might have led to her first ever sting at the age of 20, but she’s still sweet on her experience working with bee colonies for Best Bees in Boston’s South End.
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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

Get involved!

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

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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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Follow the #NUexperience

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Getting around the city on the MBTA
Map of open spaces in Boston

Stay safe and social at these open spaces across Boston

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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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A Northeastern student leads an in-person tour on campus.

In-person campus tours have been ‘hard to find.’ But not at Northeastern.

Northeastern has been giving in-person tours of its Boston campus since early August 2020. Health and safety protocols have resulted in smaller groups and personalized visits—an experience few U.S. universities have been offering.
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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

May 10

First day of summer 1 and full summer classes

May 31

Memorial Day (USA), no classes

Jun 24

Last day of summer 1 classes

Jun 28

First day of final exams for summer 1 classes

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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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