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If you’re coming to the UW for the first time – or returning after a being away for a quarter or more – there are several steps you should take to stay safe and have a successful start to the quarter.

The checklists below provide details on what you should do before returning and what you should bring with you.

For every student:

Additional requirements for students coming to campus from outside of Washington

Note: UW Tacoma has a slightly different Back-to-School Checklist for its students.

For every student

What to do before coming to campus

  1. Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and complete your student COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation.
  2. Enroll in Husky Coronavirus Testing – HCT is a research study and participation is voluntary.
  3. Activate WA-Exposure Notification on your mobile device.
  4. Get a flu vaccine. You can get a shot before coming to campus or can get vaccinated on campus.
  5. Familiarize yourself with resources for students to make your time at the UW safe and successful.
  6. Review the Husky PACK Pledgewhich outlines the responsibilities Huskies have to protect themselves and each other.

What to bring with you

  1. Face coverings, which are required in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
  2. A copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card or other proof of vaccination to reference when completing the COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation form or if requested by the University; some restaurants and events in the area also require proof of vaccination to enter
  3. Hand sanitizer for times when it isn’t possible to wash with soap and water
  4. Cleaning supplies and disinfectants for high-touch surfaces inside your living space
  5. A thermometer so you can monitor any symptoms
  6. Contact information saved on your personal device:

Important health considerations as you return to campus

Regardless of your vaccination status, get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving to your residence hall, Greek housing or other place of residence. Husky Coronavirus Testing is available and residence hall students will be provided with additional information about testing kit dropboxes. If you test positive, contact EH&S at / 206-616-3344, stay in your place of residence and follow the isolation instructions provided by EH&S.

If you test positive for COVID-19 or become ill within 10 days of your planned return to campus, whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, you MUST self-isolate in place before traveling or coming to the UW. Contact EH&S COVID Response & Prevention at / 206-616-3344. Additionally, contact your advisor and instructors to make coursework arrangements.

  • If you have symptoms, self-isolate until your symptoms improve, your fever is gone for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications, AND it’s been at least 10 days since your symptoms started.
  • If you don’t have symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days after receiving your positive COVID-19 test result.

If you are not fully vaccinated and come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within two weeks of your planned return to campus, quarantine at home and get tested before coming to the UW. Notify EH&S of your close contact regardless of vaccination status. (Follow the “I may have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?” for more information.)


Additional requirements for students arriving to campus from outside Washington

If you are not fully vaccinated and are arriving to Washington from another state or country:

  1. Get a COVID-19 test before leaving your home, within 72 hours of departing. If you test positive, delay travel, self-isolate, and notify EH&S immediately at
  2. Get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving at your residence hall, Greek housing or off-campus residence. Residence hall students will be provided with additional information about testing options. If you test positive, stay in your place of residence, and follow the isolation instructions provided by EH&S.
  3. Stay in your residence for a full seven days and monitor yourself for symptoms even if you test negative for COVID-19. Do not go to class or attend any campus activities during this period. Avoid contact with others outside of your residence, leaving only very briefly while wearing a face covering for essential needs such as to get tested for COVID-19, to seek needed urgent medical care, or to purchase take-out food or groceries. Consider arranging for friends, roommates or a vendor service to deliver food to you. And don’t forget to contact your instructors if you will miss a class.

Regardless of your vaccination status, be sure to follow all CDC travel guidelines for international and domestic travel. International travelers should also be aware of requirements for COVID-19 testing prior to flying to the United States.



If you have questions about your courses, please contact your college, school, department or instructor.

Students needing accommodations and/or auxiliary aids due to a disability or temporary health condition should contact Disability Resources for Students at the Bothell, Seattle, or Tacoma campus.

Finally, questions about on-campus housing can be addressed by Housing & Food Services on the Seattle campus, Housing & Residential Life at UW Bothell and Housing & Residence Life at UW Tacoma.