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.

For undergraduates with additional questions about arriving on campus, including more details about move-in, please visit the Undergraduate FAQs page.

COVID Testing Upon Arrival 

Graduate and undergraduate students: 

  • On the day of your arrival on campus or to the local area (or first thing in the morning on the next open clinic day 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 will still need to come to the testing clinic to submit a sample. Do not drop a sample to a drop box on your own, as missing a scheduled drop box pick-ups may mean a delay in your sample being analyzed. 
    • Guests helping you with move-in will not be allowed to accompany you to the testing clinic.
  • For questions related to the logistics of campus move-in, please visit the Housing and Real Estate Services FAQ. 
  • Students are encouraged to wear a face covering when attending crowded outdoor events until they receive their first negative COVID-19 test result.

Regular COVID Testing After Arrival

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.  

Undergraduates are asked to submit tests based on the residential college they were assigned to when they arrived at Princeton, regardless of where they currently live. 

  • If you have arrived on campus/to the area on or before August 21, you should submit another sample before August 27, and then begin your residential college schedule as of Sunday, August 29. 

Graduate students should look to the schedule for graduate students, employees, and researchers, which is based on last name. 

If you have questions about the process of testing, please read the Taking the Test webpage

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 were 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 were not 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.