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Fall Arrival, Vaccines, and COVID Protocols 

Dear Students,

I hope that your summer is going well thus far. It has been a hot week here in Boston! We are writing today to share preliminary information about Fall semester arrival and campus life.

Last week, the University revised its COVID-19 safety protocols. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with them and to visit the Tufts coronavirus website before coming to campus. The website will always be your best source for current information. Circumstances and guidance could change over the summer and we want you to be aware of this possibility.

Campus Arrival

Students returning to campus should expect to arrive on campus for their first COVID-19 test the week of August 30, unless you are volunteering at Orientation (in which case you will likely onboard August 26 or 27) or are participating in Pre-Session (in which case you will take your first test August 11 or 13). Classes begin on Tuesday, September 7.

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. 

Any student arriving from an international location who is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon arrival to campus will be required by state and local health regulations to quarantine for 10 days or if they receive a negative test 3-5 days after travel, they may leave quarantine after a full 7 days. You are fully vaccinated 14 days after your second dose of a two-shot vaccine or your first dose of a one-shot vaccine such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. International students who have additional questions should reach out directly to our International Center by emailing and visit their website.

You will receive more information about campus arrival later in the summer.

COVID-19 Vaccines

All in-person students are required to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have a medical or religious exemption. We encourage you to get vaccinated now and upload your proof of vaccination to our secure Patient Portal. The deadline to submit your records is July 1. If you are receiving your final vaccine after July 1, you should submit your records as soon as possible after July 1.

International students are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 now, if possible. However, if you are unable to get the vaccine prior to arriving in the US, Tufts will assist you in meeting this requirement shortly after you arrive on campus. We will issue further information on signing up for vaccines later in the summer. Current guidance requires 7-10 days of arrival quarantine for unvaccinated international arrivals to the US (see above).

All vaccines approved by another country or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted as meeting Tufts’ requirement for vaccination. Individuals who have received a non-WHO approved vaccine may be offered one approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


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.

Student Organizations

Student organizations and student groups will be able to conduct meetings and events in person. Indoor music activities must be done with appropriate, instrument-specific PPE (e.g., masks for singers; masks for wind and brass instrument players; reed instrument bags; etc.).

Best wishes,

Katie Mulroy, Director of Student Affairs
Maribel Blanco, Executive Associate Dean