Important Information for Upperclass Move-In—August 16, 2021

Dear Upperclass students,

We are excited to welcome you back to campus in just a few short weeks. I am writing to provide specific information about moving in to your residence hall. Please read the information carefully and remember we are holding a Zoom “town hall” tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at 7:00 p.m.—you can submit your questions ahead of time at


  • If you have been living on campus this summer and are transitioning directly into fall housing:
    • Lisa Rendall has been in communication about any interim housing and when you may move into your fall housing. You are required to take an antigen test on 8/29 and a PCR test on 9/3. Details on testing are below.
  • If you are approved to arrive prior to 8/29:
    • Your program sponsor (i.e., Outing Club, Res Life, athletics) will coordinate antigen testing for you on the day of your arrival. You will also take a PCR test on 9/2. Details on testing are below. 
  • If you are arriving when residence halls open on 8/29:
    • You are required to take an antigen test at Farley Fieldhouse on 8/29. You must sign up for a slot between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on CampusGroups. Testing at Farley is required before you move into your residence hall. You are also required to take a PCR test on 9/3. Details on testing are below.
  • If you are arriving on 8/30 or 8/31:
    • Please indicate your arrival date by signing up for a CampusGroups slot and we will contact you directly to arrange antigen testing for those days. You are also required to take a PCR test on 9/3. Details on testing are below.

Guests on your move-in day

  • Up to two family members or other guests will be allowed to assist you to move in.
  • Guests must be vaccinated and wear a face covering while inside campus buildings. Guests should validate their vaccination status using the Health Pass by CLEAR app prior to arrival on campus.  Please note that the code for Bowdoin will be live in the next few days and we will alert you to the code when available.

Facial coverings on your move-in day

All students must wear a facial covering on campus until they receive a negative antigen test. Many students, faculty, and staff will choose to wear a facial covering on campus. Please respect their decision.  It’s also a good idea to have a mask with you at all times in case you’re in a situation where a faculty or staff member asks all members of a class or other event to wear a mask.


  • Students who turned in their OneCard when departing campus or have lost it and are arriving on campus during normal business hours (Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) can go to the OneCard Office to pick up their OneCard.
  • Arrivals after hours during the week or on the weekend should contact the OneCard Office with their arrival date and time. They will leave your OneCard with Security to be picked up when you arrive.     

Parking registration

A reminder that we have made the decision to cap the number of parking registrations this year.  Please register your car before arrival.  There may not be any permits remaining if you attempt to register your car upon arrival. 

Feeling sick before you arrive on campus?

Feeling sick before you arrive on campus? 
It is imperative that you monitor yourself for symptoms. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore through, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS until you receive a negative COVID-19 test on your own. We will be waiting for you and want you here when healthy and with the knowledge that your symptoms are not due to COVID-19.

Details on testing

All testing this fall will be in Farley field house. Masks are required in the testing center.

  • First-year students will antigen on Tuesday, August 24 and take a PCR test on Saturday, August 28. Upper-class students who arrive early for an official program or athletics will antigen test the day they arrive (check with your program coordinator for information) and will take a PCR test on Thursday, September 2.
  • Upperclass students who arrive on August 29, 30, or 31 will antigen test the day they arrive and take a PCR test on September 3.
  • Sign-up times for PCR testing on September 2 and September 3 will be released within the next week.
  • Vaccinated students will undergo a PCR test once a month on either a Monday or Thursday morning beginning on September 6. Details about your specific testing cohort and days will be sent to you over the next week. You will have to sign up for these monthly tests via CampusGroups.
  • Unvaccinated students will require PCR testing twice a week until they are considered fully vaccinated. Details about how to sign up for these tests will be sent to you over the next week.

This guidance is current as of today but may change as we continue to monitor the spread of COVID both locally and nationally. We will communicate any changes over email.

Remember to attend the town hall if you have any questions or reach out to And, please note that if you have not already been approved for early arrival you should plan to arrive on campus on or after August 29.

Mike Ranen

Mike Ranen
Director of Residential and Student Life
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
COVID-19 Resource Coordinator
Bowdoin College