The COVID-19 pandemic continues to improve. We believe it will keep improving with increased vaccinations and continued safety measures, such as masks and social distancing. As a result, we are pleased to announce that we will return to teaching in person and on campus for fall 2021. All students should plan on attending their courses in Redmond. To maintain appropriate physical distancing, predetermined course sessions will be delivered online or have online activity.
We will continue to prioritize your safety by having reduced classroom seating and encouraging physical distancing throughout the building. Disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms. Masks are required on campus in accordance with Washington state regulations.
Because we want everyone to be as safe and as healthy as possible, we are requiring all students and on-site faculty/staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19, beginning with the fall 2021 semester. Exemptions will be made for documented medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. If you would like to seek an exemption, you can begin that process when registering for your fall courses in June. If you have vaccination access concerns, please contact Student Affairs as soon as possible. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
Student Housing Open
DigiPen Housing will be open for the full 2021-2022 academic year. Students who wish to live in DigiPen Housing for the 2021-2022 academic year must apply through the Student Records System (SRS) by July 1, 2021, and must be current on all required vaccinations, including COVID-19. First-year and incoming students wishing to take advantage of the Early Arrival Housing option must submit a separate Early Arrival application in SRS by June 4, 2021. Shuttles between campus and off-campus housing will be running at 50% capacity and sanitized between every run.
Upcoming Town Halls
Returning students, new students, and their families may have questions about our return to campus. DigiPen senior leadership will be hosting a Town Hall for returning students and their families Thursday, May 13, at 6:00 p.m. PDT, and a Town Hall for incoming students and their families Friday, May 14, at 6:00 p.m. PDT. A registration link will be sent to your DigiPen email address or the email address we have on file for you. You or your family can submit questions ahead of the Town Hall via the link you’ll receive in your registration confirmation.
For the most detailed information and current campus operations status, please visit our COVID-19 Confluence page. We will be updating our website frequently with new information about the upcoming academic year, available courses, and any other changes to our instruction or operations due to changing conditions around COVID-19.
We look forward to seeing you this fall!