Summer 2021 Campus Experience

Guided by current public health and safety recommendations, our plan for summer 2021 will look much like spring 2021. For example, mask wearing, social distancing and contact tracing will continue. Some important details are included below to help students plan for summer enrollment.

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COVID-19 testing and vaccines – Summer 2021

High school students who test positive will be asked to immediately discontinue their on-campus programming and return home to self-isolate. 

All other students and employees who test positive will be assigned a dedicated nurse case manager from the Protect Purdue Health Center, who will provide guidance and help coordinate next steps. Positive individuals will be required to self-isolate and not be on campus or participate in public activity for any reason. Campus isolation space is available at no cost. Academic case managers will be assigned to students who test positive to help ensure they don’t fall behind academically. PPHC will provide medical clearance to return to campus programming when appropriate. 

Information on how to get tested for COVID-19 is available from PPHC.

Student surveillance testing will not be conducted this summer.

Visit the Protect Purdue website regularly for the latest news and for the essential guidance and protocols you need while learning or working on campus during COVID-19.

Stay home and contact the Protect Purdue Health Center right away. Then, follow these next steps

Yes, please submit documentation of your vaccine here

Yes. As long as there continues to be demand for the vaccine on campus and supply of the vaccine from the state, the Protect Purdue Health Center will continue to administer the vaccine on campus. The latest information on hours and how to register for a vaccination appointment is available here

Students living in University Residences this summer

Current residents

  • Students who currently live in University Residences are not required to complete further testing and can move from their current housing assignment to their new housing assignment when eligible to do so.
  • However, if you decide to depart from campus prior to checking into your summer housing assignment, you will need to follow the same arrival process of a new or summer academic program resident outlined in the following section.

New or summer academic program only residents

All individuals who are not currently living in University Residences must show one of the following forms of documentation upon arrival to campus:

  • A negative COVID-19 test taken within three days prior to moving into the residence hall. These tests may be performed prior to arrival by a licensed healthcare provider/laboratory, or you can be tested upon arrival on campus (details below).
  • A CDC completed vaccine card demonstrating that the individual is fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks after completing the vaccine schedule). 
  • A positive COVID-19 test result within the preceding 90 days. Due to technical aspects of the COVID-19 PCR-based tests, the CDC has recommended that anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 refrain from taking another test for 90 days from the first positive test. All residents must be asymptomatic prior to initiating the check-in process.

If showing one of the above pieces of documentation is not possible, you will be required to take a rapid test. You must report for a rapid test at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center (Co-Rec) from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday, and receive a negative result prior to moving in. 

If you are unable show one of the forms of documentation listed above and fail to report for your rapid test, you will not be permitted to move in to the residence halls.

Learn more about the summer 2021 University Residences move in process.

Students living off-campus this summer

You do not need to be tested for COVID-19 prior to beginning your programming.

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Classes and Academics – Summer 2021

Eating and drinking near others is a very high-risk activity. Please follow the guidelines for eating and drinking on campus.

In order to mitigate risk in teaching environments, the reduction of student capacity in all scheduled teaching spaces will take place as follows:

  • Reduce student occupant capacities in all classrooms, by at least 50% in most classrooms.
  • Limit large classroom occupancy to no more than 250 students.

Each classroom is being evaluated by physical facilities to provide a new capacity limit and install a see-thru barrier between the instructor and you. This is done to maintain a safe distance between the instructor and the nearest student while teaching. In some cases, furniture is being removed from the physical classrooms, or areas of the classrooms are cordoned off so you can’t use those seats. For some of the scale-up rooms in WALC, it has been determined by physical facilities that they may need to be converted to tablet-chair rooms, because the 3 person/3 table setup for students would not allow us to meet the de-densification requirement and maintain appropriate social distancing. In instructional labs or in discussion-based courses — where all students cannot face in the same direction and capacity of about 50% can’t be maintained — additional barriers will be provided and you will be required to wear face shields. Additional protocols will be established for entry/exit; sanitation/cleaning; and potential staggered or extended start time for classes. This might mean instructors would have to start class 10 minutes later so you can enter the classroom in a staggered fashion with your fellow classmates.

General Research: Any changes to research space COVID-19 procedures and protocols will be communicated by the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships. Read more about Protect Purdue research protocols.

Undergraduate Research: The Purdue Office of Undergraduate Research is collecting information on undergraduate research programs and individual research projects to assist campus operations. Anyone who oversees a formal undergraduate research program and/or individual research project is asked to upload their program details through this Qualtrics form.

Study Abroad is suspended for Summer 2021. Students who were planning to study abroad should consult their academic advisor for alternative enrollment options.

Students enrolling in residential courses will be expected to attend in-person classes when they are able. Students in residential courses are also encouraged to contact instructors immediately if advised to isolate/quarantine.

Students should work with their academic advisor to select from over 400 synchronous and asynchronous online courses if they do not plan on attending in-person courses. 

No, continuing Purdue students can register during their time ticket on a first-come, first-served basis during their assigned registration window.  Registration is open to all Purdue students from March 1 until classes begin.  This video will walk you through the registration process.

No, all Purdue students can enroll in online (synchronous or asynchronous), residential or a combination of online and residential courses for Summer 2021.

Purdue is currently planning to offer more than 800 courses during Summer 2021 with 400+ online options.  Online courses listed as “synchronous” will require you to be online during the listed times. 

Approved summer programs will return, including Summer Start, Early Start, Summer College for High School Students and the Computer Science Bridge Program, with approximately 1,500 students participating.  All new students will need to complete a Protect Purdue safety module in order to be cleared for campus. 

Early Start will continue as planned. Students may live on campus, commute from home, or complete fully online courses. 

Summer Start will be fully residential for Summer 2021.  There will not be an online option. 

Summer College for High School Students will continue as planned with in-person and online options. Enrolled high school students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will need to isolate immediately and leave campus within 12 hours. 

Boot Camps and Bridge Programs — CS Bridge, Polytechnic STEM Summer Session, and Engineering Academic Boot Camp will continue under the Early Start umbrella.  

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Housing and Dining – Summer 2021

Move-in dates vary by contract and can be found on this website.  Students can move from their spring assignment to their summer assignment if they are unable to return home between the end of the spring semester and beginning of summer. However, an early arrival fee of $32 per day applies for the dates outside of contract terms. The $32 fee does not include meals. 

Residents are permitted to have one Purdue West Lafayette student guest in their residential living community. A residential living community is defined as any space beyond a swipe access point/key controlled door that grants access to floor hallways and lounges, stairwells, and individual student rooms/apartments. Within individual student rooms/apartments, residents are permitted to have one Purdue West Lafayette student guest per occupant of that room/apartment.

For example, if the space has one assigned resident that allows one guest for total of two people. Two assigned residents allow for one guest each, which is a total of four people. Three assigned residents with one guest each is a total of six people. Resident roommates of the room must agree on any visitors. The guest hours and escort policy for the residence halls remain the same. For more information on how University Residences is protecting Purdue, please click here. 

Students completing Purdue coursework, including online classes, may live on campus over the summer.  Purdue summer housing contracts can be viewed on this website.

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Campus Life – Summer 2021

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, we are not selling guest passes at this time. Click here to view more FAQs about RecWell.

Yes, the CoRec will be open and the fee is covered for students enrolling in 6 or more credit hours over the summer.  Click here to view more FAQs about RecWell. 

The Purdue Student Union Board is currently planning more than 25 activities, ranging from movies on Slayter Hill to talent shows to BINGO, for Summer 2021.  The vast majority of activities will be occurring outdoors all around campus. There will also be a number of virtual activities for students completing fully online courses. 

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Yes, students interested in applying for need-based aid must complete the Summer Aid Application aid in their myPurdue portal, as well as complete their 2021-22 FAFSA by March 1, 2021. More information regarding summer aid and requirements can be found on the Purdue Division of Financial Aid website.

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Summer and Fall 2021 Protocols for Students Arriving From International Locations

Effective May 10, 2021 — Please note that these protocols are subject to change

For students who are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine

Approved vaccines:

These vaccines have FDA EUA approval and/or are WHO-approved. Please note that if you receive a two-dose vaccine, both doses must be from the same manufacturer.

Platform Vaccine name Manufacturer
mRNA BNT162b2/Tozinameran/COMIRNATY® Pfizer-BioNTech
mRNA mRNA-1273 Moderna
Ad26 Ad26.COV2.S Johnson&Johnson
ChAdOx1 Azd1222 AstraZeneca; MFDS Korea
ChAdOx1 Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19) Serum Institute India
Inactivated virus/aluminum adjuvant Sinopharm Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd
Inactivated virus/aluminum adjuvant CoronaVac (formerly PiCoVacc) Sinovac Biotech
Inactivated virus/aluminum adjuvant COVAXIN Bharat Biotech
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For students who are not fully vaccinated

  • You will need to self-quarantine for 7 days after arrival in the U.S. and be tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after arrival (regardless of the outcome of the test, you will need to complete the full 7-day self-quarantine). 
  • A limited amount of self-quarantine space will be available on campus at no charge. Students who self-quarantine elsewhere will be responsible for all lodging expenses.  
  • Email PPHC at to make self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing arrangements.
  • Note: Purdue intends to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to unvaccinated students upon arrival, if desired. PPHC will help you make vaccination arrangements. 

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