2021-22 Undergraduate Student Information

The following information applies to undergraduate Communication majors as well as other undergraduates enrolled in Communication classes through the end of Summer 2021. The College of Arts and Sciences also regularly posts information for students.

Vaccine & Testing Requirements

As announced by the University on August 25, all current students. faculty, staff, and postdocs are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 unless you have a religious or medical exemption. You can record your COVID-19 vaccination status securely and confidentially through the Student Health Portal. Those who do not record a vaccination will face disciplinary action up to and including termination. Visit the University's vaccination page for more details.

All students are required to participate in an initial gateway test upon arrival to campus, no later than January 31, 2022. More information on how to schedule a test can be found in this scheduling tip sheet.

All students enrolled in an on-campus program will be required to take COVID screening tests once every two weeks. These are saliva-based tests.

Students who have not yet reported being fully vaccinated must continue to test twice a week unless they submit vaccine documentation. After October 15, those who have been granted a medical or religious exemption from vaccination will be required to continue to test twice a week.

In addition, any member of the Penn community who wants to access a COVID screening test for any reason may participate in volunteer testing by scheduling a screening test.

PennOpen Pass

For symptom tracking and contact tracing purposes, everyone on campus is now required to complete PennOpen Pass every day, including weekends.

Academic Policies

Penn’s and Annenberg’s normal grading and course registration (add, drop, withdrawal, and pass/fail) policies will resume.


Undergraduates can now sign up for  virtual advising appointments with Kim Woolf or Basha Starr.

Building Access

The Annenberg School building is now open to undergraduate students. Please show your Penn ID to the security guard at the door. Please remember that you must wear a mask at all times in the building.


In-person classes have begun for the Fall 2021 semester. 

If You Are Sick

Any student who is showing COVID-19 symptoms, has tested positive, or has health-related questions, can call Penn’s Student Health Service  at 215-746-3535  for guidance. Students outside of the Philadelphia region can still contact Student Health, or they can contact their provider closer to home. Penn Student Health Insurance covers students anywhere they go.

Students who are unable to participate in classes remotely due to illness should email their instructors.

Library Access

The Annenberg Library is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays. It will be closed on weekends. 

For the latest on this and other library services, consult the Penn Libraries' Phased Service Availability FAQ. Please email Katie Rawson with any questions.

Other Concerns

If Communication majors or undergraduates enrolled in Communication classes have any other concerns not addressed here, please contact Basha Starr, Registrar and Associate Director of Student Services.


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