Whether you’re coming to NYU for the first time or returning to campus after studying or working remotely, there are a few things you should know before arriving on campus.


All students, faculty, staff, administrators, visitors, vendors, and affiliates are required to be fully compliant with NYU's vaccination requirements for the 2021–22 academic year, which include being fully vaccinated and receiving a COVID-19 booster shot if eligible and uploading proof of booster vaccination by January 18, 2022. Those students not eligible by the deadline must receive their booster vaccination and upload their proof within seven (7) days of their eligibility date.

Individuals who are up to date on their vaccinations are exempt from physical distancing, quarantining following close contact exposure to someone with COVID-19 (assuming no symptoms), and Ongoing Testing.

Spring Admits

All spring admit students are required to have been vaccinated and upload proof of vaccine, including receiving a COVID-19 booster shot.  Proof of all vaccinations must be uploaded to NYU’s portal prior to arrival or within 7 days of being eligible.

Pre-Arrival Testing

All members of the NYU community who are returning to campus for the spring semester are expected to get tested for COVID-19 before their departure, preferably with a PCR test.

We understand that you may face challenges with testing availability and turnaround times. We expect that you will make every effort to confirm you do not have COVID-19 before traveling to NYU.

You are not required to submit your negative test result to the University, but should use your result to make an informed decision about your travel and return to campus.

  • If you test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19 (even mild symptoms), you must follow the CDC guidance for isolation. Do not travel and do not return to campus until you meet the criteria for ending isolation. Follow the instructions for what to do if you have symptoms for guidance on when you may return to campus.
  • If you had a COVID-19 infection within the last 90 days and recovered (meaning you already met the criteria for ending isolation), you do not need to get tested as long as you have not developed any symptoms since your recovery.
  • If you are arriving in the United States from another country, the testing that is already required for your entry to the US is sufficient for NYU’s expectation, as well.
  • If, despite your best efforts, you are unable to get a PCR test result prior to departure, you should make plans to get tested as soon as it is possible with whatever test is available where you are. This includes testing through Binx or BioReference as soon as you arrive on campus.

While the University requires that all community members to have uploaded proof of being up to date with their vaccinations against COVID-19 with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine, for those with an approved vaccination exemption or who are not up to date yet, you must have a recent, negative COVID-19 PCR test result or you will be unable to access NYU buildings or in-person NYU-sponsored activities, whether on or off-campus.


All students, faculty, and employees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear an acceptable mask in any indoor spaces where attendance is mandatory.

Travel Quarantine

Students who are not up to date on thier vaccinations and spend 24 hours or more in a country with a CDC Level 4 Travel Notice in the past 10 days immediately prior to arrival to NYU will be required to:

  • Receive the first vaccine dose;
    • If you are moving into an NYU residence hall in the United States, you will be expected to get your first dose within 24 hours of your move-in.
    • If you live off-campus, you should get your first dose upon arrival.
    • Please note: you must wait at least 28 days after receiving the final dose of a non-FDA-authorized or a non-WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine before you receive the first dose of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine, so please plan accordingly relative to your arrival at NYU. If arranging this 28-day interval isn’t possible, please let us know of your status.
  • Get tested with a PCR test 3-5 days after travel; and
  • Quarantine for 10 days after travel if you don’t get tested on day 3-5 after arrival
    - OR -
  • Quarantine for a full 7 days after travel (except for testing, vaccination, and other essential medical appointments)

Moving in to a Residence Hall

Information about moving into your residence hall, including move-in dates, what to bring, and policies for family and friends, are available on the Residential Life and Housing Services website.

Entering NYU Buildings

All students, faculty, and employees must be compliant with NYU’s vaccine requirements and complete the Daily COVID-19 Screener to enter NYU buildings.

Daily COVID-19 Screener

All students, faculty, and employees, regardless of vaccination status, entering NYU academic and administrative buildings are required to complete a daily questionnaire prior to leaving for campus. After completing the Daily Screener, you will receive either a green “PASS” to enter, a yellow limited “PASS”, or red “FAIL” and be directed not to enter an NYU building. This confirmation will also be emailed to you and must be presented to the Campus Safety Officer at the building entrance.

Symptoms and Exposure

All students, faculty, and employees—regardless of vaccination status—who have symptoms of COVID-19, a diagnosis of COVID-19, or have had a close contact exposure to COVID-19 are required to follow the guidance for COVID-19 Positive Tests, Symptoms, and Exposure.

Additional Guidance and Resources

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