Whether you are a new student or a returning student, we look forward to welcoming you to Columbia University. The following student pages were developed to help you in your transition to campus. Thank you for keeping our community healthy, including wearing face coverings and physically distancing where required.

Required Protocol for Returning to Campus

These rules—and related policies and guidelines—apply starting this fall. You must follow all University Public Health Protocols, which include masking and distancing where appropriate.

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Get Vaccinated and Upload Documentation

Get vaccinated at a Columbia-operated location or use the New York Vaccine Finder. Find out which vaccines are accepted. Be sure to upload your documentation by August 2.

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Read and Sign the Compact

Read and sign the Columbia Community Health Compact, which can be found in the required online safety training.

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Take Safety Training

If you are returning to campus, you must take the COVID-19 safety course before you return to campus.


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Get Tested

To provide an additional layer of safety, Columbia will require an initial single COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test of all faculty, staff, and students returning to campus.

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Download the ReopenCU App

Use the app to generate a "green pass," which is needed to access campus buildings. Download it from the App Store or Google Play, or use the web version.

What to Do If You Failed to Meet the Vaccination Mandate Deadline

How Campus Life Will Be Different

Facilities and Operations has implemented several changes to improve health and safety on campus. Check back frequently for updates.


Classroom capacity will be limited to accommodate physical distancing. Classrooms will also be updated with technology that facilitates hybrid learning.


Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting that meets or exceeds CDC, New York State Department of Health, and OSHA standards


Elevator capacity will be limited. Follow the instructions on the sign nearby whatever elevator you plan to use.

Outdoor Space Use

On campus and in outdoor spaces, everyone must follow University health policy.

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