Now that coronavirus vaccines are widely available in the United States, schools across the country have adopted a wide range of vaccine policies based on CDC and public health guidance, state laws, religious beliefs, and other factors.
According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, more than 1,100 campuses require the COVID vaccine for either students, employees, or the entire campus community. The recent spike in COVID-19 cases has led many colleges to update their policies from the fall semester to require vaccination or booster shots in light of the Omicron variant.
We've identified 424 four-year colleges that don't currently require college students to provide proof of vaccination as a condition for enrollment. This number excludes states where a ban on vaccine mandates is in effect.
While none of these schools have mandated the vaccine, many strongly encourage students to get vaccinated and require a negative COVID-19 test to attend in-person classes or live on campus.
Schools that are requiring the vaccine may be offering regular COVID-19 testing alternatives for some students, and typically allow for medical or religious exemptions. Vaccine policies are frequently changing based on the legal status of different bans or mandates, including Biden's federal vaccine mandate for employees.
Has your school updated its vaccine policy to require vaccinations? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of a change to school requirements.