Fall 2021 Updates

Hello, Wolfpack community,

We are excited to kick off the fall 2021 semester in just a few short weeks and thrilled to welcome the Pack to the on-campus learning, living and working experiences that make NC State extraordinary.

To help you best prepare for a safe and successful semester, please review the following COVID-19-related plans and recommendations. These updated plans are based on current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the UNC System. 


The best way to protect yourself and help keep our community safe is to get your COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are strongly encouraged for all students, faculty and staff. If you haven’t yet done so, please consider getting your vaccine as soon as possible. 

Student Health Services offers COVID-19 vaccination appointments through the PackVax clinic for students, faculty, staff, alumni and their immediate families. The clinic is open all summer and fall in Student Health Services. Appointments are available for anyone aged 12 years and older.

Vaccine Status

If you received your vaccination off campus, please let the university know as soon as possible.  Providing proof of vaccination will exempt you from any required weekly surveillance testing and from having to quarantine or isolate, in most cases, as part of NC State’s contact tracing program. 

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to share your status so we can make vital health and safety decisions for the fall. You can submit your vaccination status by uploading your vaccination information here. If you received your vaccine on campus, you do not need to upload your records. 

Face Coverings

For the first three weeks of the semester, face coverings must be worn indoors in instructional spaces, both classrooms and laboratories, and in designated clinical areas including Student Health Services and the Veterinary Hospital, regardless of vaccination status. This requirement will be revisited after the first three weeks of the semester. 

Face coverings will not be required in other indoor spaces for vaccinated individuals. Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated should continue wearing a face covering indoors and when in close contact with others. Face coverings are not required in outdoor spaces on campus. 

Face coverings will be required on NC State’s Wolfline buses until further notice.

We encourage anyone who feels safer wearing a face covering to continue doing so in all settings.


Students living in university-owned housing (including Greek Village) who have not provided proof of vaccination will be required to provide results from a PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours before or after their move-in appointment. In addition to move-in testing, students living in university-owned housing who have not provided proof of vaccination will be required to participate in weekly surveillance testing on campus.

Vaccination records should be uploaded into the HealthyPack Portal. However, if you received your vaccine on campus, you do not need to upload your records.

Students living in university-owned housing who have provided proof of vaccination will not be required to provide a COVID-19 test result at move-in, and are exempt from weekly testing requirements.

NC State will continue its voluntary surveillance testing program with student, faculty and staff participants to broadly monitor COVID-19 presence and spread on campus. Information on how to sign up for the 2021-22 Wolfpack Surveillance Program will be shared soon.

On-campus testing will also remain available for the NC State community throughout the fall. COVID-19 tests on campus are free and available to all NC State students, faculty and staff. For more information on testing locations and hours, please click here.

Gathering Limits

All gathering limits have been lifted for indoor and outdoor settings on campus. We encourage all community members to gather safely and be respectful of one another. 

Personal Responsibility and Pack Responsibility

Regardless of COVID-19-related rules or protocols, the obligation falls on each of us to take personal responsibility for our actions. To be a member of this community means taking steps to keep ourselves safe, look out for one another, protect our Pack and keep our community strong.

We know that getting vaccinated, wearing face coverings and washing our hands are safe and effective ways of staying healthy and protecting one another. Please continue to take steps every day to practice personal and Pack responsibility.

Moving Forward

Please pay attention to your email and the Protect the Pack website for more information and any updates in the days and weeks ahead. 

We can’t wait to see everyone on campus, and we are looking forward to a safe, productive and extraordinary fall 2021. See you soon — and go Pack!

Randy Woodson