COVID-19 vaccine requirements at U.S. colleges will obligate 1.5 million students to get vaccinated

Monday, April 26, 2021 3:54 PM UTC


Auburn students returning to campus for the spring semester.

A growing number of universities in the United States have announced that students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to returning to campus this fall.

Thus far, 86 colleges have made the vaccination a prerequisite. The new trend will obligate roughly 1.5 million students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from an approved U.S. manufacturer if they haven't already. This figure does not account for students who may transfer or drop out because of the requirement or students who are exempt because of religious or medical reasons.

Here is an alphabetically-sorted list we compiled of U.S. colleges that have announced vaccine requirements, as of April 26th, 2021:

CollegeTotal Enrollment
American University14318
Assumption University2428
Barnard College2573
Bennington College668
Boston College14125
Boston University32551
Bowdoin College1806
Brown University8848
California State University system484300
Claremont McKenna College1343
Clark Atlanta University3318
Cleveland State University17260
College of the Atlantic359
Columbia College Chicago6708
Columbia University31455
Cornell University21904
Dartmouth College6350
DePaul University23539
DigiPen Institute of Technology1174
Drexel University25595
Duke University15192
Emerson College4561
Emory University14769
Fairleigh Dickinson University11619
Fordham University15286
Fort Lewis College3856
George Washington University25613
Georgetown University5365
Grinnell College1655
Hampshire College600
Hampton University4619
Harvey Mudd College844
Holy Cross College3020
Ithaca College6769
Johns Hopkins University23917
Kenyon College1662
Lasell University2092
Lawrence Technological University2136
Le Moyne College2765
Lehigh University7119
Lewis & Clark College1965
Loyola University Chicago16437
Macalester College2146
Manhattanville College1541
Menlo College894
Montclair State University20022
Morehouse College2167
Morgan State University7747
New York University51123
Northeastern University19940
Nova Southeastern University25670
Oakland University15543
Paul Quinn College424
Pitzer College1119
Pomona College1717
Princeton University8623
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute7442
Roger Williams University4844
Rutgers University37364
Saint Mary's College3908
Samuel Merritt University2054
Sarah Lawrence College1675
Seattle University7405
Smith College2600
Southern New Hampshire University63000
Spelman College2120
St. Edward's University4600
St. John's University20448
Stanford University16914
Stevens Institute of Technology7208
Syracuse University22484
Trinity Washington University1782
University of Denver11614
University of Massachusetts Amherst28635
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)44718
University of Notre Dame8624
University of Pennsylvania24806
University of Puget Sound2608
University of Rochester11126
University of San Diego8251
University System of Maryland170180
Vassar College2450
Wake Forest University7591
Wesleyan University3224
Willamette University2827
Yale University12385

The above list will not be updated.