Information for Students

The Graduate Center remains open and as dedicated as ever to serving our students through world-class instruction and research support while also creating a safe and supportive environment. The Graduate Center believes that offering both in-person and remote instruction is the best course of action in order to maintain academic progress and safeguard the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.


Fall 2021 Classes

CUNY's vaccination policy requires all students to get vaccinated beginning with the fall 2021 semester.

If you are taking in-person or hybrid classes, you will have to share proof that you are fully vaccinated (or receive an exception or medical exemption) by September 27. Students are able to provide verification of a COVID-19 vaccination through the CUNYfirst portal. A user guide on how to upload proof of vaccination can be found here. Unvaccinated students who have on-campus class sessions between August 25 and the September 27 deadline will have to show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than seven days before visiting a campus for any reason. Questions about vaccination verification and exemptions can be directed to

Each doctoral and master’s program will offer at least two classes that are either in-person or hybrid (a mix of in-person and online).

As of September 3, students accessing University facilities for reasons other than to attend an on-campus class session will also be required to be vaccinated. Only if they have been granted a religious exception or a medical exemption, they can show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 7 days prior to the visit.

CUNY has created a CUNY Continuity for Students page. Students who have questions or concerns should contact the Provost's Office or the Office of Student Affairs.

Student Services

Students will be able to access department and administrative offices, the library, computer labs and student lounges if they are not attending in-person classes with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result that has been taken within seven days of their visit to campus.

Services to meet our students' needs are being addressed remotely where possible. The Mina Rees Library, the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research, the Registrar’s Office, the Student Counseling Center, the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, and The Writing Center have provided guidance on accessing their services remotely.

We have also created a departmental contact list with information on how to reach individual offices via email and phone

Given that vaccines will be mandatory for students living in campus housing, dorms will resume normal operations at full capacity with 100% of occupants fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated students may not live in campus housing. Students currently living in the Graduate Center Apartments were required to provide proof of vaccination by August 10, 2021. Questions about the Graduate Center Apartments can be submitted here.


International Students

To attend in-person classes, proof of vaccination is required two weeks prior to coming to campus. If your vaccine is approved by the WHO and you are considered fully vaccinated as specified in the WHO approval, you are fully vaccinated according to the CUNY policy.

Please see this document for a list of vaccines approved by the WHO as of July 15, 2021.

Any questions should be directed to the Office of International Students.

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