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Expectations for Visitors to Campus

Updated August 29, 2022

All visitors must follow established safety protocols, including any current masking requirements.

With the exception of some restrictions on minors in residential programs, most other visitor restrictions have been lifted.

Northwestern is pleased to be able to offer COVID-19 rapid antigen testing for campus visitors age 18 and older. Visitors may include prospective students, Northwestern event attendees, contractors, volunteers and family or friends visiting campus.

Because of the significant numbers of visitors and diverse reasons why they come to campus, there is not a centrally managed process for registering visitors and events at this time. Instead, schools and units who host visitors and events can determine the optimal approach for their context in alignment with the guidance below. Please note, these guidelines may change over time.


  • Visitors are permitted to come to campus, and there are no capacity limits nor restrictions prohibiting gatherings on campus.
  • All visitors to campus are expected to adhere to applicable University safety protocols that are in place at the time they visit campus. These may include protocols regarding masking and other expected community behaviors. It is the hosts’ responsibility to convey the current expectations to guests they invite to campus.
  • With local jurisdictions lifting their mandates for proof of vaccination to enter certain spaces, the University no longer requires proof of vaccination nor a negative test for visitors to attend events.
  • Schools and units should adhere to University safety protocols and may not implement local requirements related to visitors’ health status.
  • Testing is available for visitors to campus, at no charge, at the Jacobs Center or 345 Superior St. in Chicago. Before visiting a testing location, please confirm the current hours of operation. Visitors who are tested at one of these locations generally are able to show proof of a negative test result on their mobile phone within 30 minutes.
  • Events held in other cities or states may be subject to additional or different local requirements, which hosts should monitor.