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 and state and local health agencies.

  • Vaccinations for the campus community: The University of California announced its systemwide vaccination policy on July 15, 2021, which will require all UC faculty, staff, academic appointees and students to be vaccinated, subject to narrow medical exemptions and accommodations based on disability or religious belief. For more on the policy and specific information on vaccinations for UCLA faculty, staff and students, visit this site’s Vaccines at UCLA page and Return to Campus 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

At this time, UCLA expects to offer close to 80% of courses in-person during the fall term. Large lecture classes will most likely be held remotely, with corresponding discussion sections held primarily in person. For details about our instructional plans for summer and fall 2021, visit our Return to Campus page.

Student housing availability

UCLA expects to be able to offer on-campus housing to a high percentage of those interested in the fall. We are currently planning for triple-capacity rooms, allowing us increased capacity to welcome foster youth, veterans, new first-year freshmen and transfer students. We will also be able to accommodate more second-year students, including second-year transfer students, than previously anticipated. For further details about our student housing plans for spring, summer and fall 2021, visit our Return to Campus page.

More information on fall quarter housing availability can be found on UCLA Housing’s COVID-19 information page.

Expansion of campus services and activities

The campus is now open to the general public. California’s economic reopening and revised public health orders issued by Los Angeles County have allowed for the expansion of on-campus services and activities, including certain libraries, museums, restaurants, dining halls and recreation facilities. For more details, visit our UCLA Return to Campus page.

Campus health and safety precautions

Face masks and physical distancing: Density and physical distancing restrictions have been lifted on campus — with limited exceptions, including workplace COVID-19 outbreaks. At this time, mask use, regardless of vaccination status, is required in all indoor spaces on the UCLA campus, including classrooms, teaching labs, libraries, pre-K–12 facilities, indoor recreation spaces and when using BruinBus, BruinAccess and UCLA SafeRide services. Masks are also required for those working and participating in summer youth camp activities — both indoors and outdoors. Visit our Return to Campus page for further details.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing: Although UCLA announced June 15 that regular COVID-19 surveillance testing would no longer be required for fully vaccinated students, staff and faculty, the recent surge in cases and hospitalizations has required us to change course. Beginning July 16, we will be resuming mandatory weekly testing for all those living, learning or working on campus, regardless of vaccination status. Detailed information on the testing program is available on our Return to Campus page and Prevention, Testing and Treatment page.

Symptom monitoring program: Daily symptom checks are still required for students, faculty, staff (including UCLA Health employees) who are living, learning or working on campus or at other UCLA properties, regardless of their vaccination status. More information on the campus’s symptom monitoring protocol is available 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.

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.

Tuition and fees

While UCLA plans to offer primarily in-person instruction for the fall term, those plans could change based on the progression of COVID-19 and public health guidance. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded if any portion of instruction occurs remotely in 2021.

For more information on tuition and fees, as well as registration, financial aid, course materials and other topics, visit the UCLA Registrar’s Office website. The UCLA Undergraduate Admission site also has a section on student fees, tuition and budget and one on the latest information on classes and tuition.

Financial aid and scholarships

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

With the expansion of COVID-19 vaccinations and lower numbers of COVID-19 infections in the state of California and Los Angeles County, UCLA anticipate that more of our international student community will be able to engage in in-person instruction and activities in summer and fall 2021.

For detailed information about summer and fall course enrollment, F-1 and J-1 visa requirements, and international travel for fall, please refer to this letter to international students — including newly admitted and continuing students — from the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students.

The center will continue to provide updated information about fall instruction via communications and their recent updatestravel updatesF-1 student FAQJ-1 student FAQ and non-visa–related FAQ pages. Students are advised to contact the center if they have any questions regarding fall enrollment or arrival to the U.S.

Students should be aware that while the U.S. State Department has expanded the national interest exceptions for certain travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen zone, the UK and Ireland, many U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide are still operating at reduced capacity and facing steep application backlogs. Visa appointment delays and cancellations are to be expected in many areas in coming months. In addition:

  • Russia: Beginning May 12, the U.S. embassy in Moscow reduced consular services to include only emergency U.S. citizen services and a very limited number of age-out and life-or-death emergency immigrant visas.
  • India: President Biden signed a proclamation April 30 suspending the entry into the U.S. of individuals who were physically present in the Republic of India within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry.

International students who are planning to reside in on-campus or university housing for fall 2021 should visit the “Plans for fall 2021: Student housing” section of our Return to Campus page and the UCLA Housing website for updated information.

Intercollegiate athletics and student-athletes

In accordance with updated public health guidance, UCLA football games played at the Rose Bowl will be at full seating capacity for the upcoming 2021 season. Additional UCLA athletic events taking place outdoors will also allow for full seating capacity for the 2021–22 season, including soccer games at the Wallis Annenberg Stadium and men’s water polo games at the Spieker Aquatics Center. For more information, visit UCLA Athletics.

Commencement celebrations

While UCLA was able to provide many students and their families with limited in-person graduation events at Drake Stadium and the Los Angeles Tennis Center this spring, we remain committed to hosting large in-person, indoor commencement ceremonies for both the entire class of 2021 and the entire class of 2020.

The UCLA College announced in early June 2021 that in-person commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate members of the class of 2020 will take place in early fall 2021. The College will soon provide dates and times for these indoor ceremonies, as well as information about ticketing. The commencement events will also be livestreamed. Confirmation of vaccination status may be required for both students and their guests.

UCLA will continue to update the campus community about commencement plans as details become available.

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.

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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