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 July. If you have vaccination access concerns, please contact Student Affairs as soon as possible. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
If you plan to live in student housing, please refer to the Required Vaccinations section of the Apply for Housing page for a list of required and recommended vaccinations for residents. If you do not meet this criteria, please contact Housing to request an immunization waiver.
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.
Town Hall Meetings
DigiPen senior leadership recently hosted online Town Hall meetings for returning students, incoming students, and their families to address any questions or concerns they had about our return to campus this fall. A recording of one of these meetings can be viewed below.
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!