COVID-19 Updates for University College Students and Faculty

The following resources are available to help University College students and faculty.

Fall 2021 Semester

We are planning to resume most of our on-campus activities in the fall. As long as COVID-19 remains present in St. Louis and on our campus, we may need to continue with masking, some degree of physical distancing, self-screening, and attention to personal safety and hygiene measures. 

University College classes meet in a variety of formats: on-campus, online, and hybrid. Our students should check UC Online for their course format.

The fall 2021 schedule is available on the University College academic calendar and refund deadline dates are available here. Application deadlines for fall 2021, spring 2022, and summer 2022 can be found on our application page or on any program page

Currently, all University College Students (including fully online students), must comply with the requirements below. 

Masking and Physical Distancing

Masks are required at indoor gatherings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status or the size of a meeting or gathering. Masks are not required when one individual is inside a private office or room or while eating or drinking, allowing for personal space as much as possible. Masks are required in open office settings such as cubicles. Masks are encouraged but not required for outdoor activities, particularly at large events or in crowded settings.

Physical distancing is not required in most settings but is strongly encouraged to protect those who are not fully vaccinated and/or immunocompromised individuals on campus.


All students, faculty, staff and trainees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to complete a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus or leaving their on-campus residence. 

Visit to check in each time you come to campus, and remember to show your approval email when you arrive.

All prospective students should use the university's visitor screening tool. All visitors must also follow university requirements for masking and physically distancing while on campus.

Individuals may be asked to show their screening result before entering a classroom, dining facility, recreation facility or other shared space, and at some university events.

COVID-19 Testing

WashU provides testing for all students, faculty and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any time (diagnostic testing), as well as broader testing as needed for exposures to prevent spread within our community.

All COVID-19 testing on the Danforth Campus will be provided at no charge to students, faculty and staff.

In addition, the 1234 Kingshighway site is available to all WashU employees, students and family members for asymptomatic testing for a cost of $50 per test (which covers the operational costs of the test). Members of the university community may schedule this testing here. Learn more in the December 18 message to the university community.

COVID-19 Vaccine

All students taking courses this fall (both in-person and online) must be fully vaccinated before they begin taking fall courses, or by August 30, 2021, whichever comes first.  Students who fail to meet the deadline will be prohibited from accessing university facilities and participating in university activities or programs. Students will be administratively withdrawn from their courses on August 30, 2021 and will not be permitted to register for classes. Students may apply for an exemption on the basis of religious or medical grounds. More information is available on the COVID-19 vaccine FAQ page.

How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available through the university for all WashU students, faculty and staff and their family members ages 16 and older. Click here to preregister to receive the vaccine. See the WashU COVID-19 vaccine FAQ page for more information.

How to Upload Your COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation

All WashU students, including those in University College, are required to be vaccinated. The requirement holds for students who are taking courses online and/or in person. 

University College students who are not WashU employees: Records will be kept online in the student health portal. Upload an image of your COVID-19 vaccination record card in your student health portal by visiting the Habif Health and Wellness Center website and clicking on the link for “Log in to the student portal.” Students may apply for an exemption on the basis of religious or medical grounds.

University College students who are also WashU employees: Employees should follow the protocols for employees rather than students. Employees who were vaccinated outside of a WashU clinic should upload to ReadySet.

Please contact your academic adviser with questions or concerns.

Faculty: Employees who were vaccinated outside of a WashU clinic should upload to ReadySet.

Contact Tracing

In collaboration with Google, the university has launched a smartphone tool that allows students, faculty, staff and trainees to participate in a COVID-19 exposure notification system. All members of the university community are encouraged to use the MO/Notify system, which alerts users when they have had close contact with another user who has tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more about MO/Notify. Occupational Health will also continue with its regular contact tracing process. 

For regional data, visit the St. Louis County COVID-19 dashboard.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Noncompliant Financial Aid Impact

Students who are administratively withdrawn from their classes for the fall semester for not complying with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement will be ineligible for any type of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, fellowships, loans, remission, work study, etc. Noncompliant students will NOT have financial aid applied to their student account and will not receive a financial aid refund to help them cover living expenses. 

Resources for Students

Student Advising

Advisors are available to help you by email, phone, or Zoom video chat. We have temporarily suspended in-person advising appointments. Students can schedule advising appointments online, 24-hours a day using our online scheduling platform. See the Advising page for more information. 

University-Wide Updates

Recent WashU Communications