Vaccine Requirement

General Information

The University System of Maryland and UMBC are requiring all students, faculty and staff to remain up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. This includes an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine—a “booster shot”—when you are eligible. More information on boosters is available on this page.

For UMBC, this includes all UMBC operated property, including but not limited to UMBC’s campus, the Columbus Center, the Lions Brothers Building, Choice satellite offices, and bwtech@UMBC North and South. This also includes UMBC students, faculty, and staff at the Universities at Shady Grove.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will UMBC be providing vaccines?
Beginning in May, we will be offering on-campus vaccination for community members. We will be scheduling a series of clinics for specific groups, extending throughout the summer. You will receive additional information as we develop our schedule. Current students will have the opportunity to be vaccinated on campus before the end of the semester and will also have additional opportunities throughout the summer.
How do I get a vaccine?
Vaccine supply in Maryland has increased dramatically and many mass vaccinations sites and pharmacies have appointments. Many have walk-in hours as well. We have details, links, and specific vaccination opportunities here.
If I received the vaccine and am approved to be on campus, do I still have to test and symptom track?
At this time, Individuals whose vaccines have been reported and verified no longer need to test or symptom track. More information is available here.
Which vaccines will UMBC accept?

UMBC will accept vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). If you have access to an FDA vaccine (Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna), please prioritize receiving one of these vaccines as it may not be possible to obtain any required boosters for non-FDA authorized vaccines while in the United States.

More information for international students is available here.

If I am visiting, working, or learning at a location other than the main campus, do I need to be vaccinated?
The USM vaccine mandate applies to all USM Campuses, including the Universities at Shady Grove. It also applies to those conducting university business in spaces owned, rented, or operated by UMBC including our extension programs at the Columbus Center and the Lion Brothers Building.
How do I inform the university if I have already been vaccinated?
Please use one of the forms available here.
How do I apply for a medical or religious exemption?
Please review the information on this page.

If you have questions not covered here, please email