June 1, 2021 | Welcome, and Important Updates for the 2021-22 Academic Year

Friday, Jun 04, 2021
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Dear New Students,

First and foremost, I want to congratulate you and welcome you to the Juilliard community. We are thrilled that you’ll be joining us this fall, and we can’t wait to meet you in person!

Much has been happening in and around Juilliard this spring: performances have returned to Lincoln Center and New York City, recording and livestreaming events are underway, and commencement is around the corner. Conditions in New York City and the United States continue to improve due to increased vaccinations and adherence to the current health recommendations.

Even as we near the end of this academic year, we continue to look ahead to 2021-22 and welcoming you to the Juilliard community. This message includes important reminders and updates on several topics. Below, you will find information on the following:  

  • Fall semester planning
  • Vaccination requirements for the 2021-22 academic year

Many more details will be sent to you over the summer by your orientation team. But in the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please email [email protected].

Adam Meyer


Fall semester planning

Last month, Juilliard announced that the 2021-22 academic year will be conducted in-person, with the understanding that, if needed, we will adjust for safety requirements that may be in place at the time. We will not be offering hybrid or online learning models and students will be required to be in residence.

We understand the challenges currently facing international students and are here to provide support. Recently, the U.S. Department of State updated its National Interest Exception (NIE) page o expand certain eligibilities to all countries subject to a COVID-19 entry ban. The Office of International Advisement (OIA) is monitoring all reports, and international students should email any travel questions to [email protected].

The OIA will update international students throughout the summer via Zoom town hall sessions to answer questions regarding visa renewals and entry to the U.S. Those students who are not able to arrive in time for the start of the fall semester should contact the OIA for further support and instructions.


Vaccination requirements for the 2021-2022 academic year

In order to return as safely as possible in the fall to a fully in-person experience, Juilliard will require all new and returning students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of the fall semester. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines “fully vaccinated” as 14 days after the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.

We believe that this step will allow us to provide as safe, productive, and consistent an experience as possible for our work together. Ensuring our student population is vaccinated will also reduce the need for mandatory testing and other COVID-related restrictions.

  • Vaccine types accepted: At this time, Juilliard will only accept the COVID-19 vaccines that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized (either under its Emergency Use Authorization designation or with full approval if and when that happens). As of May 13, 2021, the FDA has provided Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Jannsen) vaccines. If the FDA issues approvals or Emergency Use Authorization for additional vaccines, Juilliard will accept proof of those vaccines as well.
    • We understand that some students outside of the U.S. may not have access to an FDA-approved/Emergency Use Authorized vaccine. At this time, we anticipate that these students will need to receive an FDA-authorized vaccine upon arrival in the U.S. and they may be subject to testing requirements until they’re fully vaccinated.
  • Exemptions: As is the case with proof of vaccination or immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella, Juilliard students may apply for a medical or religious waiver. More details on waivers will be forthcoming.
  • International students: Some international students may need to receive their vaccine after they arrive in the U.S. and may be unable to be fully vaccinated in time for the start of orientation. International students in this position will be permitted to enter the Juilliard building and participate in their activities, but they will be required to fulfill additional testing requirements.
  • Deadlines: More information about how to submit proof of vaccination and deadlines for the fall semester will be shared in the coming months.