Fall 2021 FAQ

Will all Bowdoin students be able to study on campus in the fall? 
With everything that is known currently and projected about the distribution of vaccines and the expected trajectory of the pandemic, we are planning to welcome all of our students back to campus in the fall. 

Will the College require students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when the 2021–2022 academic year begins in the fall?
In order to ensure that our campus is as safe as possible for all of us and for our neighbors, we will require all members of the campus community to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Exemptions will be granted for medical reasons for students (and legitimate medical or religious reasons in the case of employees). The deadline for students to be fully vaccinated is Friday, August 13, and faculty and staff will need to be fully vaccinated by Tuesday, August 24 (first-year student arrival day).

If I am an international student and can’t get a WHO-approved vaccine before I am due to arrive on campus, what should I do?
Please visit the international student vaccination page for the most current information about meeting the vaccination requirement for Fall 2021.

Will students be required to get a flu shot this fall?
Yes, all students will be required to be vaccinated for influenza by November 1. Students may receive their vaccination before arrival, after arrival independently, or through one of the health services clinics this fall.

Will there be an opportunity for Bowdoin students to study remotely this fall?
We will not be offering students the opportunity to study remotely for the fall 2021 semester—all enrolled Bowdoin students will be required to study in person, on campus.

Will classes be taught in person this fall? 
All classes will be taught in person in the fall.

Will the temporary academic policies in place for the 2020-21 academic year remain for the 2021-22 academic year?
No, we will return to the standard academic policies and discontinue all temporary academic policies that were put in place for the 2020-21 academic year. 

What will the fall calendar look like in terms of orientation, move-in day, first day of classes, fall break, link to academic calendar?
The tentative Bowdoin College calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year is available on the academic affairs site.

Will students, faculty, and staff be required to participate in regular COVID testing this fall?
The College does expect to have some surveillance COVID testing in place for the fall, but we don’t anticipate implementing the twice-weekly Broad testing protocol that has been in place this past year.

What kinds of safety protocols will be in place for the fall semester? 
It is likely that we will still have to observe some measure of the public health protocols protecting us today and will continue to follow what the science and our public health experts recommend. 

Will there be orientation trips and activities for first-year students this fall? 
We expect that orientation trips and activities for first-year students will take place. 

Will there be an opportunity for the Class of 2024 to participate in some kind of special trip or activity as these activities were cancelled for last summer? 

A group in student affairs is convening to discuss orientation-related activities for students in the Class of 2024 and we will be communicating with the class in the coming months about what plans are developed. 

Will all students be housed in singles for the fall semester?
No. As in the past, all students will not be housed in singles for the fall semester.

Will more seniors be able to live off campus in the fall than in past years? Will juniors or sophomores also have the opportunity to live off campus?  

For the 2021–2022 academic year, the College will allow 175 seniors and juniors to live off campus. The deadline to apply to live off campus is Monday, March 22, 2021. The application is available in the  Bricks and Beyond housing portal. 

When will the fall housing lottery take place?
The fall on-campus housing lottery will take place in June. Details about the housing lottery will be provided in late March.

Will there be athletics this fall? 

There will, in all likelihood, be a full athletic schedule in the fall, although any final decision about league play will be made by NESCAC.  

Will the campus be open to the public this fall? 

We will have to wait and evaluate the circumstances closer to the fall to determine if we will be able to welcome the public to attend Bowdoin events, cheer on our teams, or just take advantage of our open spaces, and may have to grant access in phases. 

Will there be in-person campus tours and information sessions this summer?
We are hoping to be able to offer some in-person tours this summer, please keep checking back here for more specific information later this spring. 

Will first-year students be able to have cars on campus in the fall?
As in the past, we are not planning to allow first-year students to have cars on campus this fall.