COVID-19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements for Boston Area Colleges and Universities

The table below contains information about the COVID-19 vaccination and mask requirements for the colleges and universities in the district, as well as some other major institutions in the surrounding areas.

School NameLocation of SchoolWho is required to be fully vaccinated?Date of school updateLink to school vaccine informationWho is required to have a booster?Date of School UpdateLink to school booster informationMasking GuidelinesDate of School UpdateLink to school mask information
Boston CollegeBostonAll faculty, staff, and students by August 13, 2021Boston CollegeMembers of the community who plan to be on campus at any point during the spring semester must obtain a COVID-19 booster vaccination when eligible and upload their card (see below) by February 9, 2022December 14th, 2021
Boston CollegeFully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students will not be required to wear masks on campus, but should feel free to do so if they prefer, including in offices and classrooms. Those with approved University COVID-19 vaccination exemptions must wear masks outdoors and while in all campus buildingsAugust 11, 2021Boston College
Boston UniversityBostonAll faculty, staff, and students by September 2, 2021July 19, 2021Boston UniversityAll member of the community —students, faculty, staff, and affiliates—who are eligible to demonstrate that they have had the booster shot by February 4 (or as soon as eligibility allows).N/ABoston University
Face masks are no longer required in most areas on campus, including dining halls, residential housing common areas, offices, libraries, food courts, and common areas in buildings and colleges. Masks continue to be required indoors for instructional purposes and lectures in classrooms, the BU Shuttle, and all healthcare facilities.Boston University
MITCambridgeAll students, faculty, staff, and contractors by July 30, 2021June 9, 2021MITEffective January 14, 2022, Covid-19 vaccine boosters are required of all eligible MIT employees, faculty, and enrolled students, as well as anyone else who studies, works, or lives on MIT’s campus or who regularly accesses MIT facilitiesDecember 16th, 2021MITEffective March 14, 2022, face coverings are optional in indoor spaces at MIT.March 14, 2022MIT
HarvardCambridgeAll community members (student, staff, faculty, researchers)July 6, 2021HarvardHarvard requires all students to be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations including the bivalent Omicron-specific COVID-19 booster. For Harvard paid-employees, Harvard highly recommends being up-to-date with COVID vaccinations per CDC definition. October 24, 2022HarvardMasking is optional except in health care settings and where otherwise required for non-COVID reasons (e.g., some laboratories). Please check with your school about any additional masking protocols that are specific to your setting. Even when optional, we strongly encourage indoor mask use, especially if local COVID-19 risks are medium or high.Aug 10, 2022Harvard
SimmonsBostonAll students (by arrival) and campus-based employees (by October 1, 2021)August 30, 2021Simmonscampus-based Community members should get their COVID-19 booster by January 18, 2022, or 14 days after they become eligible for the boosterDecember 16th, 2021SimmonsEffective May 13, 2022, the indoor mask mandate will be reinstated.May 13, 2022Simmons
BerkleeBostonAll community members (students, staff, faculty, vendors)BerkleeAs of February 15, 2022, all eligible members of the on-campus community will need to have obtained a vaccine booster shot for COVID-19.
N/ABerkleeBeginning on March 26, 2022, masks will become optional on the Boston campus for anyone who is currently part of the Berklee testing protocol.Berklee
Northeastern UniversityBostonAll students (by arrival) and U.S.-based faculty and staff (by September 8, 2021)August 2, 2021NortheasternAll faculty and staff who work at one of Northeastern University’s U.S. campuses, and all students attending or visiting a U.S. campus, are required to receive a booster shot by January 18, 2022, or seven days after they become eligible
Effective March 5th, masks indoors on the Boston campus will be optional for students, faculty, staff, visitors, and contract employees. Northeastern
NECBostonAll students, faculty, and staffAugust 11, 2021NECNEC will require all faculty, staff, and College students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster by February 1, 2022, or within fourteen days of eligibility.N/ANECNEC requires all students, faculty, and staff to wear masks on campus.NEC
Suffolk UniversityBostonAll students, staff, and faculty by August 16, 2021SuffolkSuffolk University is requiring all students, faculty and staff without a medical or religious exemption to provide evidence that they have received a “booster” vaccination against COVID-19 by March 1, 2022 or as they become eligible in order to remain in compliance with the Suffolk University vaccination policy
Vaccine Requirements - Suffolk UniversityFrequently Asked Questions regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine
December 16th, 2021SuffolkBeginning Monday, March 7, 2022, face coverings will be optional in all locations on campus, with the exception of Counseling, Health, and Wellness. Face coverings continue to be strongly recommended for individuals who are unvaccinated.March 2, 2022Suffolk
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyBostonAll students by August 14, 2021Wentworth Institute of TechnologyWentworth will require all students — who are eligible for the booster — to demonstrate that they have had the booster shot by January 18, 2022 (or within two weeks of when they become eligible during the Spring 2022 semester).N/AWentworth Institute of TechnologyEffective immediately, indoor masking is no longer required within the residence halls including rooms, suites, lounges, hallways, and other common areas.
Beginning February 28 masks will be optional in indoor spaces other than
instructional spaces including classrooms, labs, and studios.
health service spaces such as the Wellness Center, Optum medical clinic, and athletic training rooms.
Wentworth vehicles (such as for transportation of athletics or field trips off campus).
February 2, 2022Wentworth Institute of Technology
Mass Art and DesignBostonAll studentsMassArtStudents are encouraged to get a booster as soon as they are eligible, and are required to receive it by no later than March 4, 2022.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to receive their booster as soon as they are eligible.
N/AMassArtIn pubic areas on campus, including dining halls. masks are required for all community members regarding vaccination status while not eating or drinking. Masks are not required in private offices or residence halls for those who are fully vaccinated. Masks are never required outdoors. MassArt
MCPHSBostonAll students (by August 1, 2021) and all staff (by August 31, 2021)MCPHSMCPHS will require all eligible students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster by Friday, February 4, 2022 (or as soon as your eligibility allows). N/AMCPHSMCPHS is temporarily requiring all students, faculty, and staff to wear well-fitting surgical, KF94, KN95, or N95 masks beginning on Friday, May 20, 2022. Masks will be required in all indoor campus locations unless eating or drinking, or in a private office.MCPHS
EmanuelBostonAll students (by August 4, 2021) and all faculty and staffMay 3, 2021EmmanuelAll students without a prior medical or religious exemption are required receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination
December 15th, 2021EmmanuelAs of Monday, February 28th, masks will be optional on the Emmanuel campus, including indoors. Those with approved vaccine exemptions must remained masked within campus buildings.February 24, 2022Emmanuel

To view the mask guidelines for each of the cities/towns in the district, as well as the K-12 schools in the district, you can visit this post.