NYU Returns: Fall 2021

In fall 2021, NYU will resume in-person classroom instruction and most other pre-COVID activities.  Against the backdrop of the lingering risks and uncertainty of COVID-19, we will continue to be guided in our decision-making by a focus on safety and health  The vaccination of NYU community members—both in New York City and at our Study Away sites in the US and abroad—remains at the heart of our planning as we carry out NYU’s research and teaching mission.

Fall 2021 Vaccination Requirements

  • All students who plan to be on NYU's US campuses and study away sites must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Students, faculty, and employees who have been vaccinated must upload proof of vaccination status.
  • Students must upload proof of vaccination by July 19, 2021.
  • As of June 7, students, faculty, and employees who are fully vaccinated, have uploaded proof, and had it validated are no longer required to test to pass the Daily Screener and get access to NYU buildings. Those who have not completed these steps are still required to regularly test to have access to NYU buildings.

More About Fall 2021

With case positivity trending downward at NYU and in NYC, we look ahead and share more details of our plans for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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3 Steps to Building Access

Before entering an NYU academic or administrative building there are three steps that everyone must complete.

NYU Community Testing

Students, faculty, and employees must participate in our COVID-19 testing program in order to enter buildings; vaccinated individuals are exempt from testing.


We strongly urge everyone who is eligible to get an FDA or WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and others.

Summer of Safety

As the weather warms, shed layers, not safety! NYU will continue to proceed cautiously even as New York State restrictions loosen. Keep each other safe with these daily activities.

Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth

Keep it small – avoid large gatherings

Take the Daily COVID-19 Screener before leaving for campus

Get tested for COVID-19

Keep each other Safe

Latest Messages

6/4: Taking Stock — COVID’s Financial Impact, and the AY 2021-22 Budget

Assessing the financial impact of COVID-19 on NYU's 2021-2022 budget.

6/3: IMPORTANT COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance for Students Outside of the US

Important COVID-19 guidance for NYU international students and students outside of the US.

6/1: IMPORTANT - Deadline for Uploading Your Proof of Vaccination

A reminder and updated deadline information for NYU Students on uploading your proof of vaccination.



Support Is Available

NYU Emergency Relief Funds

Since March 2020, NYU has been able to award over $31million in emergency funding to students and assisted close to 24,000 students. This includes the CARES act funding that NYU received, which we have now completely distributed.  

For students who have unexpected, unforeseen and unavoidable emergency expenses, please go to the NYU Student Emergency Fund to find out more information about how to apply for student emergency funding.  If you are facing food insecurity, you can find more information about Courtesy Meals. Undergraduate students may apply for a financial aid appeal by going to the financial aid website and filling out a financial aid appeal form.

For NYU faculty and staff, there is an NYU Emergency Relief Fund for Faculty and Employees as a way for NYU friends, alumni, and fellow employees to help support employees in the face of new challenges presented by COVID-19.  Initiated by and developed in partnership with the Administrative Management Council, 100% of all donations will directly support our employees’ most urgent needs as they adapt to changing circumstances.

NYU Returns Webinar Series

Support Resources

COVID-19's impacts are not confined to its medical effects; its disruptive reach has touched many parts of people's lives.  The overall well-being of the NYU community matters.  The University has an array of services to help and support students, faculty, administrators, and staff who have been affected by the coronavirus.

Supporting Each Other Through COVID-19

NYU recognizes that COVID-19's effects have been disparate, and its impacts on poor communities and communities of color have been especially painful. In its response to the coronavius, NYU is committed to mitigating those impacts as well as ensuring no one in our community is ostracized, bullied, or mistreated due to ignorance around this disease. If any member of our community believes they have experienced harassment or discrimination, we encourage them to report concerns to the Bias Response Line by email at bias.response@nyu.edu or phone (212) 998-2277. For more information about NYU’s commitment to an inclusive community, please visit our Office of Global Inclusion and Diversity.