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Back on Campus this Fall!

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Eastern is the top ranked public regional university in New England three years in a row in U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges guide.

The University is planning a full return to on-ground, on-campus operations in fall 2021. Eastern is Connecticut’s public liberal arts university, offering small classes and personalized instruction on a beautiful residential campus. We expect to deliver that same experience to students this fall.

  • On-campus housing will be at full occupancy (2,600 beds in 14 residence halls)
  • All classes will be on-ground, except for the usual small number of online classes, i.e. for graduate programs
  • A full slate of athletic events, including NCAA Division III games — conference and non-conference — as well as intramurals, club sports, and recreational programming. The gym, pool, and weight rooms will be open. We also expect that spectators can return to root for the Warriors at our athletic events.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

  • Eastern Connecticut State University is requiring that all students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 9, 2021, in order to participate in the fall 2021 semester (per CSCU Board of Regents policy).

  • Getting vaccinated protects your health, as well as those around you, especially those who are medically compromised and can’t receive the vaccination. Universal vaccinations also will allow the University to return to pre-COVID-19 experiences and eliminate many of the COVID-19 restrictions we’ve had to implement over the past year. We must have a high percentage of our campus vaccinated to allow us to minimize mitigation initiatives (e.g., masking, distancing, quarantining). A dynamic and vibrant campus requires all members of our campus community to feel like they can return safely with as minimal exposure to COVID-19 as possible. Vaccinations are the most effective approach to managing the spread of COVID-19, and especially the new variants that are emerging.

  • Students may request an exemption from this vaccination requirement based on medical or non-medical reasons. Exemptions will be reviewed and decided on a case-by-case basis.

    Non-medical exemption form

    Medical exemption form

  • Students who wish to enroll in fall 2021 must either be vaccinated or be granted an exemption from vaccination. Those who do not obtain an exemption and fail to meet the vaccination requirement by the determined deadline will not be permitted on campus.

  • World Health Organization approved vaccines will be accepted. They are as follows:

    • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
    • Moderna
    • Pfizer/Bio N Tech
    • AstraZeneca
    • CoViShield
    • Sinopharm
  • Vaccination is required regardless of previous illness or test results. The University will not accept antibody testing in lieu of proof of vaccination because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates: (1) antibodies from previous COVID-19 infections may not be as long lasting as those from vaccination; (2) antibody testing is not sufficiently reliable to ensure that the presence of antibodies will confer immunity from future infections; and (3) the CDC recommends vaccination to those who were previously infected.

  • The University is planning to return to normal, pre-pandemic operations so the vast majority of classes will be in-person, on ground. Most faculty members will not be offering online options to students in their on-ground classes.

  • To ensure the health and safety of our campus, all students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear face masks covering their mouth and nose while indoors, except while eating and drinking. Unvaccinated people are encouraged to wear masks outdoors as well.  For more information, visit the CSCU Mask Policy.

  • Students must email their vaccination record as a .pdf file to by August 9, 2021.

  • Yes. New and returning students are expected to receive all required immunizations, including a COVID-19 vaccine, prior to arriving on campus. Students must submit proof of having received a COVID-19 vaccine before August 9, 2021.

  • Yes. Eastern is requiring all undergraduate and graduate students to receive and provide proof of having received a COVID-19 vaccine.

    • Medical Exemption requests will be considered and based on supporting documentation. Medical exemption form
    • Non-Medical Exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who wish to request a nonmedical exemption must do so by completing the Non-medical exemption form
  • Students who are granted exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing and participate in weekly testing. They may also be restricted from attending some in-person events.

  • Using the State of Connecticut vaccine portal, you can search for a free vaccine appointment near you. Appointments are readily available right now.

    View the Connecticut Vaccine Portal to find a FREE vaccine provider near you (

  • Yes. On Sept. 8th or Sept. 9th students, faculty and staff can receive their first dose; They can then return on Sept. 29th or Sept. 30th for their second dose.

    Time/Location: 1PM - 7 PM, Student Center Room 219

    Vaccinations are free. No appointment necessary.

  • Rest assured that the vaccine is very safe, and any of the risks are minimal compared to getting the COVID-19 virus.

    View the CDC's safety information

  • The COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Of the hundreds of millions of vaccines administered, only a fraction yielded serious side effects; the risks from contracting COVID-19 significantly outweigh the risk of side effects. Vaccines are effective. All three of the vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and J & J) currently authorized for use in the United States are highly effective against COVID-19 infection – even against the new, more transmissible variants – and are nearly 100 percent effective against hospitalization and death. Vaccines keep you, your family and our community safe. They are not only highly effective in preventing you from getting sick, they also prevent vaccinated people from transmitting the virus, keeping those around us safe. The science is clear: get vaccinated today.

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Details on Fall Semester

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Student dates of arrival

August 14-August 20, 2021 (Early drop off)
August 23-August 25, 2021 (Move-in)

Mandatory Vaccinations

Learn More

Vaccine Exemption Forms

Medical Exemption

Non-Medical Exemption

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Family Day

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A Successful Spring 2021 Semester

Eastern had more on-ground classes (65%), more residential students (65% of capacity) and lower COVID positivity rates than most other colleges and universities. More than 90 student clubs continued to meet on-ground and virtually.

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