COVID-19 vaccines at UCLA

Currently, the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and vaccinations are available for members of the campus community through UCLA Health and state and local health agencies.

  • Vaccinations for the campus community: The University of California has announced a proposed policy that would require all UC faculty, staff, academic appointees and students accessing campus facilities this fall to be vaccinated, subject to limited medical and religious exemptions. For more on the proposed policy and specific information on vaccinations for UCLA faculty, staff and students, visit this site’s Vaccines at UCLA page.
  • Vaccine town halls: UCLA is hosting a series of town halls and other events to keep the campus informed about the vaccination process, vaccine development and related topics. Visit our Vaccine Town Halls page for information on upcoming events and videos of past events.

Status of classes and instruction

Instruction for spring quarter 2021 will continue to be delivered almost entirely remotely, as outlined in January. A limited number of courses necessary to train students for essential workforce positions will be offered in person or in a hybrid format.

In addition, with Los Angeles County entering a less restrictive tier of the state’s four-tier reopening blueprint, campus leaders have announced tentative plans to transition a small number of other classes to in-person instruction for the spring quarter.

For further details about our instructional plans for spring, summer and fall 2021, visit our UCLA Return to Campus page.

Student housing availability

Spring 2021: While there are no plans to expand on-campus student housing for spring quarter, there are currently vacancies in off-campus university-owned apartments for graduate and undergraduate students interested in relocating to Westwood for spring. Students can apply for these spaces on the UCLA Housing “My Housing” page.

On-campus housing will continue to serve primarily those with no alternative housing options. 

For further details about our student housing plans for spring, summer and fall 2021, visit our UCLA Return to Campus page.

More information on spring quarter housing is available on UCLA Housing’s COVID-19 information page.

Expansion of campus services and activities

At this time, the campus remains closed to the general public, pursuant to public health orders. Only people who are engaged in essential campus operations or other approved campus activities, are attending approved in-person courses, or are receiving care at UCLA hospitals and clinics are permitted.

Expansion of campus services: With Los Angeles County moving into the least restrictive yellow tier of the state’s four-tier reopening blueprint, campus leaders have announced the limited expansion of certain on-campus services and activities, including some libraries, outdoor learning spaces, dining halls, recreation facilities and museums. For further details, visit our UCLA Return to Campus page.

UCLA officials continue to monitoring the progression of COVID-19 and the vaccination process while adhering to guidance from local and state public health authorities. Updates on new developments affecting the campus or the status of campus operations will be provided as they become available.

Will there be a commencement celebration?

In addition to this spring’s virtual commencement ceremonies hosted by the UCLA College and other schools, several in-person events are being offered. For details on these 2021 commencement activities — including information on registration, guests, event programs, parking, and health and safety requirements — visit UCLA’s commencement website and this site’s Return to Campus page.

  • In-person ceremonies: Although UCLA will not be able to safely host large in-person commencement events, graduating members of the class of 2021 will be able to sign up to participate in a special in-person procession and individual commemoration.

    Two guests will be allowed per each graduate at Drake Stadium ceremonies and at recognition events hosted by certain professional schools and student groups at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on campus.
  • Virtual ceremonies: The UCLA College, many of UCLA’s professional schools and some student-group communities will be hosting virtual commencement ceremonies for members of the class of 2021. The graduate hooding ceremony will be virtual this year as well.

UCLA remains committed to hosting in-person, indoor commencement ceremonies for both the entire class of 2021 and the entire class of 2020 when it is safe to do so.

Campus health and safety precautions

Required asymptomatic COVID-19 testing: Testing is required for all students living in university housing or participating in on-site or hybrid classes, as well as for faculty, staff or teaching assistants who are teaching, working or living on campus. Detailed information on UCLA’s testing program — including what happens in the case of a positive test — is available on our Prevention, Testing and Treatment page.

General mitigation measures: For those members of the UCLA community who will be on campus, protocols and procedures are in place to help reduce the spread of the virus. Measures include physical distancing, de-densifying campus spaces and frequent cleaning of residence halls and other facilities. Cloth face coverings are required indoors and outdoors for anyone on campus, per guidelines from local and state health authorities.

Symptom monitoring program: Daily symptom checks are required for anyone coming to campus or living in on-campus housing. More information on the campus’s symptom monitoring protocol is available online for students (PDF); staff and faculty performing non-healthcare work on campus (PDF); third-party contract workers (PDF); and essential visitors (PDF).

COVID-19 case dashboard: UCLA’s COVID-19 case dashboard (DOCX) keeps those on campus informed if they were present in a UCLA building where someone who tested positive for COVID-19 had been. When UCLA receives notice of a positive case, the dashboard is updated and an email is sent to those who indicated in their symptom monitoring survey that they would be present in the related facility. Emails are sent to both campus and UCLA Health employees.

Bruin Ambassadors: As part of the Bruin Public Health Campus Ambassadors program, ambassadors are stationed at key points throughout the campus to provide information and guidance and to ensure that UCLA’s health and safety protocols are being followed.

Compliance with safety measures: UCLA’s first focus is on education and the development of a collaborative community of compliance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. While we hope all members or our campus community will assist in these efforts, necessary procedures will be in place (PDF) for enforcing compliance if individuals refuse to abide by the public health mitigation measures issued by campus.

For further details on UCLA’s public health and safety protocols, please see the COVID-19 Public Health Mitigation Requirements page (PDF).

What to do before coming onto campus

Currently, all UCLA students who come to campus for any purpose — including class, work or other activities — are required to complete a COVID-19 symptom monitoring survey. Students living in university-owned housing must complete the survey daily.

  • The survey, which can be done on a smartphone, tablet or computer, should take no more than five minutes.
  • Students will need to receive a clearance certificate from the survey to enter campus grounds or facilities — except for their own campus residence. Alternately, they’ll be directed to call the Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center hotline at 310-206-6217 for instructions. Information about individuals’ symptoms is kept confidential.

Resources for remote learning

Students should visit the Student Affairs’ Remote Learning and Teaching page, which explains the hardware and software they’ll need for their classes and gives advice on how to adjust to learning online, developing good remote-study habits, avoiding distractions and other topics.

This introductory guide to remote classes will help students familiarize themselves with class meetings, completing course assignments and taking exams online, and the Helping Students Stay Connected at Home page lists a variety of free and low-cost technology options to help students get and stay connected.

The UCLA Store site provides information on the availability of textbooks and other course materials for students learning remotely.

For those students who have limited access to the necessary technologies for remote learning, UCLA has several programs that can help with purchasing or borrowing laptops, wifi hotspots, and other devices. Please visit Bruin Resources and Tools for more information.

Tuition and fees

UCLA will be offering remote-only instruction for the spring 2021 quarter, with the exception of a small handful of in-person or hybrid courses. Remote instruction may continue further into 2021 for the safety of students and the campus community. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded if instruction occurs remotely in 2021.

  • Full tuition and mandatory fees are necessary to cover operations related to COVID-19, such as remote instruction, and services such as financial aid, registration and remote academic advising.

Financial aid and scholarships

The financial aid office is available virtually Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the Message Center or by calling 310-206-0400.

In 2020, the federal government made emergency financial aid grants available to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations. The campus will continue to monitor federal and state economic conditions, as well as the prospects for additional government emergency funding for students.

Visit the office’s video library for answers to some common questions about financial aid.

UCLA encourages any student who may be facing financial hardship to reach out to the Economic Crisis Response Team for assistance.

International students

Spring 2021 update: Per the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars, enrollment in a spring 2021 class included in the list of approved on-site courses will fulfill the in-person course requirement to validate students’ F-1 or J-1 visa status in the United States. A limited number of on-site or hybrid independent research courses may be added to the list by academic departments, and they will be open to international students.

Students interested in enrolling in an in-person course should contact their academic department advisors to determine if opportunities are available. (This process and additional guidance was outlined in a Feb. 10, 2021, message to students (PDF) from the center.)

  • Students who enroll in an approved on-site or hybrid course and are planning to enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status for spring quarter must request an amended Form I-20 (email or DS-2019 Form (email and must provide proof of full-time enrollment, including an on-site course. Students with theses amended forms must arrive in the U.S. by April 12, 2021, without exceptions.
  • All international students will still be able to enroll in remote fall classes in their home countries and make normal progress toward their UCLA degrees without F-1 status. Read the full message.
  • The UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars will reach out to international students to offer further guidance on travel, visas and enrollment. Please contact the center with any questions.
  • The Dashew Center’s COVID-19 updates page, messages page, F-1 students FAQ page and J-1 students FAQ page also provide updates and information.
  • UCLA is currently prohibited from providing remote instruction to graduate students living in countries or regions subject to federal government sanctions, including Iran, Syria, Cuba, North Korea and Crimea. This includes U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents and U.S. dual citizens. UCLA is also prohibited from providing remote instruction to graduate students who are from these countries unless they will be physically located in the U.S. or unless they ordinarily reside and will be physically located in a non-sanctioned state during their instruction. Students with questions about how these policies may affect them are encouraged to contact their school or departmental representative.

Intercollegiate athletics and student-athletes

The Pac-12 Conference announced Sept. 24, 2020, that it will football, basketball and other sports would resume Nov. 6 for those teams that have the necessary state and local health approvals. 

Regardless of the status of Pac-12 competition, members of UCLA’s athletics teams will remain enrolled in classes, will retain allotted scholarship funding and will continue to have access to practice facilities and support services.

Are libraries open?

The Charles E. Young Research Library, the Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library and the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library are currently open at reduced capacity to UCLA students, faculty and staff. The Library Special Collections Ahmanson–Murphy Reading Room also will soon open with limited seating and hours.

Seat reservations are required for these spaces (see law library access), and entrants to these buildings will be required to wear a face covering, show their BruinCard and a COVID-19 symptom-monitoring clearance certificate, and present their seat reservation confirmation.

Additional libraries are expected to open in phases, first at 25% capacity and ramping up to 50% as restrictions are loosened.

While most UCLA Library buildings remain closed, the libraries continue to provide an array of resources for students, faculty and instructors.

Additional research and teaching support for both students and faculty can be found here.

Is the student health center open?

The Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center is classified as an essential service by UCLA and remains open for all students, but some services are limited. The Ashe Center currently offers in-person visits for any acute, urgent issues and prescheduled appointments for any routine issues by phone, email or online.

Call the Ashe Center’s COVID-19 Hotline at 310-206-6217 if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19.

Where can I turn for counseling?

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is open during regular business hours, providing all services through telehealth. In a crisis, 24/7 support is always available by phone at 310-825-0768.

Further resources are available on this site’s Emotional, Social and Physical Well-Being page.

Resources for educational accessibility

The UCLA Center for Accessible Education offers a page of resources.

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