Novel coronavirus information

Autumn quarter 2021

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UW personnel and students are required to be 伟德手机版:vaccinated against COVID-19.

Last updated: August 31, 2021

Welcome, Huskies!?We’re eager to see you on campus this autumn as we return to in-person instruction and activities. We’ll continue updating this page with the latest information as we plan for autumn quarter.


We look forward to safely returning for in-person instruction and activities this autumn.

As a public research university, we’re fortunate to have experts in medicine and public health who’ve been studying the pandemic from its beginning. We understand much more about the virus now than when it emerged, and Washington state’s vaccination levels are trending in a very positive direction.

Since the UW is on a quarter system, we have even more time to prepare classrooms and campus facilities for the start of autumn quarter on Sept. 29. Our experts know how to ready the UW’s living, learning and working spaces so you can come to campus for in-person classes and activities. As vaccination rates and vaccine availability climb in our region, we will continue making decisions that reflect the most current public health guidance.

As you prepare for autumn quarter 2021, there are several steps you should take to ensure your return is safe and successful. Our 伟德手机版:Back-to-School checklist will give you the scoop on how to get ready for coming back to campus.

Remote Advising & Orientation

Whether you’re a freshman or a transfer student, advising and orientation sessions will help you build community, register for courses and connect to campus resources before your arrival.?If you need a computer or WiFi hotspot, we have those available to ship to your home so that you are prepared to engage. You’ll be able to connect with your Orientation Leader throughout the summer before you meet them in-person during Dawg Daze in the autumn.

Families of new students can participate in Family Orientation, which includes self-guided videos and online discussion groups that will allow you to learn and ask questions about the Husky experience.


Incoming graduate and professional students can check for updates and for a self-guided, online orientation to help you prepare for graduate school.

Early Fall Start

Because planning for the began at an earlier stage in the pandemic, it will be offered remotely. Jump-start your college career from wherever you live before coming to campus for the start of autumn quarter.

On-campus housing is available for Early Fall Start students. Learn more in the .

Second Year Students

We look forward to with?special programming to support your transition this autumn.

Campus tours

are back and excited to welcome you!

Classrooms and learning spaces

As more students and community members become 伟德手机版:fully vaccinated, we’re confident that Washington state will revise higher education guidelines related to distancing, such as the ones adopted in K-12 schools based on Centers for Disease Control guidance. We’ll continue following state and local public health guidelines on masks and other health and safety measures.

Study sessions, RSOs and other co-curricular activities will have safe ways to meet in-person this autumn.

All UW Libraries will reopen on or just before the start of fall quarter in September.? Libraries will be open in a limited capacity to start and hours will expand as more student employees are hired during fall quarter. will be open through summer quarter, closing temporarily on August 21 to prepare spaces for fall.? Each Library will have different hours, so be sure to check the or prior to visiting. Opening dates:

  • :?Monday, September 13
  • and :?September 20th
  • :?Monday, September 20 —?a current, valid Husky card will be required for entry this fall
  • :?Wednesday, September 22
  • : Wednesday, September 29?—?by appointment only
  • : Wednesday, September 29


Housing and dining

Housing and dining

We will return campus housing to full occupancy in the fall, as long as public health guidelines permit. Housing & Food Services (HFS) will provide updates as the overall public health picture becomes clearer in summer, when more people have been vaccinated.

Historically, all students who apply during the priority application period (May 4-11 for new freshmen) have been assigned housing, and we expect the same for this academic year. Once you apply, you will receive more updates from HFS. You can also find more information about??on the HFS website.

We have well-honed plans in place to follow all preventive health guidelines and support students who may have a COVID diagnosis while living on campus.?Students who test positive are asked to temporarily move to a designated place where they can recover safely away from people who may be at risk of being sick. During this time, we’ll help with food and mail delivery, laundry service and engagement activities to keep students stay connected. Our Environmental Health & Safety COVID-19 response team will work with you to understand whether other people may have been exposed, so we can get them tested and protect their health as well. You can learn more about?how the University responds to positive cases?on our COVID-19 FAQ page.

Student Life and activities

Recreation, Husky Union Building and other student spaces

The IMA is open for Seattle campus students, and opened several recreation spaces this spring including the climbing center, IMA pool, golf range and Waterfront Activities Center. Our recreation facilities follow state COVID-19 guidelines to protect your health and safety, and our goal is to return as near as possible to regular operations in the autumn. The UW is also planning for ways to make all of our fitness classes, intramurals and other activities available in hybrid models so you can stay active no matter how the pandemic evolves.

with limited operations as an informal learning space for individual UW students, faculty and staff. There are more than 200 seats available for UW community members to comfortably access WiFi for classes, studying and work. Reservations are not required for UW students, faculty and staff to visit the HUB. .

Our hope is that our hundreds of clubs and student organizations will be able to offer some level of in-person activities, depending of course on state and local public health guidance.

Husky Athletics

UW Athletics is planning for Husky football to have a full stadium in the 2021 season, and is also making plans for the return of fans to fall and winter sports. Visit for the latest updates on football tickets, including information this May about Dawg Pack student season tickets.

COVID-19 vaccines, testing and prevention

International students:?We recommend bookmarking International Student Services??for information on visas, travel and COVID-19 protocols. ISS will update this page as new information becomes available.?Continue to monitor your , airline guidance and .


In order to protect the health and safety of our community, the University of Washington is requiring all students and personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with certain exemptions allowed. You will need to?attest to being fully vaccinated or declare an exemption:

  • As soon as possible after?the second dose of a 2-dose series or after a 1-dose vaccine, after they have decided to declare an exemption, or by the?start of autumn quarter on September 29, 2021,?whichever?date is earliest.
  • Students?who are?unable to get vaccinated until?after?arriving?on?campus?may submit their form by November?5, 2021.?If?you haven’t been able to get a vaccine where you live, we will have vaccinations available when you arrive.?
  • A hold will be placed on?winter quarter?registrations?if your form has not been submitted by November 5, 2021.

Please note that students required to participate in the are eligible for medical waivers only.


Did you know that the UW has a campus-run testing program that’s free for students, staff and faculty??伟德手机版:Husky Coronavirus Testing?has been running since autumn quarter 2020 and will continue to provide free, fast testing for current UW students, faculty and staff throughout the summer and during the 2021-22 academic year.

You’ll be able to get tested as part of our return-to-campus testing.?You can also use Husky Coronavirus Testing if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or if you have COVID-like symptoms. And we have experience with what we call “surge” or “rapid-response” testing to stop or mitigate potential outbreaks.

Since Husky Coronavirus Testing started, the UW’s COVID-19 levels have been lower than in the broader region.?We’ve conducted nearly 80,000 tests, with less than 1% coming back positive for COVID-19.


The UW requires all individuals wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. A mask or other suitable face covering is required indoors when other people are present and in all public and common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairways, restrooms, elevators and shared vehicles.

Vaccinations and face coverings protect each other, making it possible for us to be in community together. You can read all the details about our??from Environmental Health & Safety.

Outdoors, face coverings are optional, regardless of vaccination status. However, a face covering is recommended when in outdoor crowded settings and in settings where there is a decreased ability to consistently maintain a physical distance between others.?You’re welcome to continue wearing face coverings wherever and whenever you wish for any reason.?

The UW is fortunate to have outstanding Facilities teams who keep our classrooms and buildings safe all day, every day.?If you’d like a deep dive into our cleaning and safety protocols, UW Environmental Health & Safety has a wealth of information on its? including its .