Information for students arriving at Princeton University as of August 2, 2021. 

New graduate students began arriving July 1 and the majority of undergraduate students will begin arriving for the fall semester in mid-August, with first year students arriving by August 21 and students in other classes arriving by August 28. 

COVID Testing Upon Arrival and After

As of July 6, 2021, all fully vaccinated matriculating graduate and undergraduate students will be tested for COVID once weekly and students not yet fully vaccinated or who have received an exemption will test twice weekly. The University may, at its discretion, adjust testing frequency in response to public health conditions on campus or in the local area.  

Graduate and undergraduate students: 

  • On the day of your arrival on campus (or the next morning if you arrive after the testing clinic has closed for the day), University Health Services will require you to take part in COVID testing. The test will be a PCR test using a saliva sample. Do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to giving your saliva sample. 
    • If it is your first time taking part in testing, you will need to come in person to the testing site to be walked through the process.
    • If you have taken part in testing in previous semesters, you can come to the testing clinic or go to a kit distribution location to pick up test kits and should submit a sample to a drop box within your first 24 hours. 
    • If you have taken part in testing in previous semesters but need a refresher on the testing process, we'd be happy to walk you through it at the testing clinic. 
    • Guests helping you with move-in will not be allowed to accompany you to the testing clinic.
  • If you have questions about the process of testing, please read the Taking the Test webpage
  • For questions related to the logistics of campus move-in, please visit the Housing and Real Estate Services website. 

Travel-related Quarantine

Travel-related quarantine will not be required, with the exception of unvaccinated students arriving from international locations. If you are unvaccinated and arriving from an international location, you will need to complete the COVID Risk Assessment Form 3-7 business days before you return to campus so that Global and Community Health at UHS can advise you whether travel-related quarantine is required. 

Vaccination Requirements

All students who have not received an exemption are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID with an FDA- or WHO-approved vaccine by August 1, 2021. For current information on all vaccination requirements for first-year students both graduate and undergraduate, please visit the Student Vaccination Requirement page. If you are an international student with questions about vaccination specific to your international status, please visit this FAQ from University Health Services

Vaccination-related Holds

Graduate students:

If your required vaccination records have not been submitted by August 1, 2021, you will have a hold placed on your record and will not be able to be enrolled for the fall semester or register for classes until this hold is resolved. 

Undergraduate students: 

First year students who fail to comply with vaccination deadlines (COVID and non-COVID) will have a TigerHub Vaccination Hold and will be unable to complete academic year sign-in or register for fall-term courses.

Returning students who fail to comply with COVID vaccination deadlines will have a TigerHub Vaccination Hold and will be unable to access student financial and enrollment services, including academic-year sign-in, add/drop, class schedule, grades, degree progress reports, or transcripts.

Graduate and undergraduate students: 

It may take up to 72 hours to release a vaccination hold so please do not delay in meeting the vaccination requirement. If you have questions about your ability to receive required vaccinations by the deadline, please email to discuss your options.