Tufts is now requiring vaccination against COVID-19 for ALL faculty, staff, vendors, and affiliates. More Information
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Many of the restrictions that were in place during the last academic year have been revised or eliminated based on the rate of vaccination and in compliance with the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state health authorities. However, some policies, including mask wearing and hand hygiene, will remain to ensure everyone’s continued health and safety until further notice. 

Before you come to campus this fall, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the university’s updated COVID-19 protocols

You will also find detailed information in our comprehensive FAQs and on our Testing at Tufts webpage. If you still have unanswered questions, please email StudentServices@tufts.edu

Campus Arrival 

Returning students with campus housing assignments will arrive on Sunday, September 5. 

Incoming first-year and transfer students will arrive on campus on Wednesday, September 1. 

Requests for early arrival must be approved by the Office of Residential Life and Learning (ORLL). 

Classes begin on Wednesday, September 8. 

Check the Student Arrival Testing page and the Residential Life and Learning website for the latest information.

Arrival Testing & Quarantine

When you arrive, you will be required to take a rapid COVID test, results of which will be known within 30 minutes. If you test negative, you can go about your activities and begin your weekly COVID-19 routine testing program within 3 to 4 days. If you test positive, you need to isolate for 10 days in your off-campus apartment or in the Mods. You will be put in touch with a clinician from Tufts Health Service who will follow your case and can provide medical advice and monitoring.

Check the Testing at Tufts resource for the latest information.


International Students

Students arriving from an international location who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must quarantine for 7 days before leaving their rooms or off-campus apartments. International students may receive their COVID-19 vaccinations when they arrive in the United States.

If you have questions, please contact our International Center by emailing internationalcenter@tufts.edu or visit their website.

COVID-19 Vaccines

All in-person students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have a medical or religious accommodation.

Students who have not submitted proper vaccination records by July 1, 2021 will be contacted if they will be required to arrive early to complete a required 7-day quarantine and get a COVID-19 vaccination.

Students who receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine accommodation for medical or religious reasons will also be required to arrive early and complete a 7-day quarantine.

See go.tufts.edu/COVIDvaccine for more details.

Surveillance Testing

All students who are coming to campus are expected to participate in routine surveillance testing and to complete the daily health screening. See Testing at Tufts for the latest information.


Wearing face masks will be required when you are indoors, including classrooms, laboratories, studios, libraries, dining halls, and residences. Within your off-campus apartment or residence hall, face masks must be worn in communal areas such as lounges, kitchens, and hallways. Masks are not required outdoors.


While outdoor dining will be encouraged in the fall, we anticipate all of our campus dining locations will be fully operational. Visit the Dining Services website for locations and hours.

Residence Hall Visitors

Tufts students participating in surveillance testing may visit Tufts students living in other residence halls in accordance with ORLL guest policy; however, occupancy limits and mask wearing policies will be in effect.

Non-Tufts visitors will not be allowed in residence halls. (Parents and guardians may assist with move-in and must wear face masks.)


We are preparing for a full resumption of athletics, including club sports and intramurals. Varsity athletes will be tested in the same testing cadence with other students; any additional guidance that may come from the NCAA or the NESCAC will be applicable.

Campus Organizations

Student organizations and student groups will be able to conduct meetings and events in person.

Singing and Wind and Brass Instrument Playing

Indoor practices and performances will be permitted with appropriate, instrument-specific PPE (e.g., masks for singers; masks for wind and brass instrument players; reed instrument bags; etc.). There is no distance requirement between performers and the audience but audience members must wear masks indoors. Audience members do not need to wear masks outdoors.

There will be no PPE requirements or other COVID-19 restrictions for outdoor practices and performances.

Theater Rehearsals and Performances (non-singing)

Performers and audience members must wear masks indoors.