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Fall Quarter 2021

Based on current health guidelines, Northwestern intends to be in-person for the Fall Quarter 2021.

Use this page to learn more about our plans for classes, co-curricular activities and procedures for staying safe. 


Depending on the specific requirements for social distancing and capacity limits in classrooms, there may be some classes that continue to be remote delivery; however, our aim is to host as many classes in person as possible. These plans are always subject to shifting public health guidance. Please check with your registrar’s office for registration dates.

Community Health Measures

Northwestern tracks a number of internal and external metrics and offers Quarantine and Isolation Housing for undergraduate students living in residence halls, residential colleges, fraternity houses and sorority houses.

If there is a spike or surge in cases specific to Northwestern, a number of steps might be taken, including:

  • Increased testing focused on the population in question
  • Changes to guidelines or policies for activities or density on campus
  • A two-week pause in campus activities, similar to Wildcat Wellness, or a stay-at-home period.

COVID-19 testing will likely continue in some fashion in the Fall. Testing protocols will not be determined at a future date, based on vaccination and its impact on transmission.

Campus Living and Activities

Northwestern will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021-22 academic year. At this time, faculty and staff will not be required to be vaccinated. Please view our vaccination requirement FAQs for more details.

More Information

Information about Fall Quarter 2021 will be added to this webpage as it becomes available. For additional information, use the following resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to common questions about the upcoming Fall Quarter, review our Fall Quarter 2021 FAQs