Colleges and Universities

Colleges and Universities

Vermont colleges and universities worked with the state and community partners to ensure a safe environment for students, staff and faculty returning to school for the fall semester. Many schools will require vaccination for in-person students to return to campus. Colleges and universities will have other mitigation strategies in effect, like masking for unvaccinated students, surveillance testing, and more.

Students and their families should check with their schools to learn about specific plans and requirements.

International students also need to follow prevention requirements set by the federal government for international travel.


Students can be vaccinated in Vermont regardless of their residence. College students who live in congregate settings (with other students), are 18 or older and got a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months ago can get a booster shot.

Guidance and Information

Resources for Institutes of Higher Education
Understand how to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff. The guidance also aims to help institutions react quickly should a case be identified or if there is spread within the community. Includes considerations to help administrators plan for the continuity of teaching, learning, and research if there is community spread of COVID-19 and address concerns related to COVID-19 associated stigma. From the CDC.

If you learn of a positive case at your college or university, contact the Health Department's Infectious Disease Epidemiology team. Call 802-863-7240 (Mon - Fri 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, choose Option 3, outside those hours, choose Option 7).

Cases and Outbreaks

Recorded Webinar: Preparing for and Responding to COVID-19 at Vermont Colleges
In this webinar, presenters from Vermont colleges discuss how they have worked with the Health Department to prepare for and respond to COVID-19 on Vermont college campuses. Health Department experts talk about what works when it comes to contact tracing, testing, and prevention, and review the current status of a COVID-19 vaccine.

School Event Attendee letter (template)