UCI Forward

UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

Resources for Students and Families

Section 1

This guide provides students with key information, including instruction and student services, for the 2021-22 academic year.

Section 2

Anteater Pledge and Healthy Practices

All students are required to take the Anteater Pledge (available through CampusGroups) and Healthy Practices Training. These are both one-time only requirements.

The Anteater Pledge is a commitment to our community to do everything we can to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.  As part of this commitment, we also are rolling out the Anteater Pledge Ambassador program. Ambassadors are students, staff and faculty and will be responsible for educating and engaging their peers on how to reduce the spread of the virus responsible for COVID-19.

Anteater Pledge and Healthy Practices Become an Ambassador

Guest Symptom Checker

Testing, Screening and Reporting

Daily Symptom Check-In

UCI students are required to complete and submit a daily self-screening for COVID-19. The check-in is available via email and mobile app.

Living Well App for Students


Asymptomatic testing is only for students who do not have symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please contact Student Health.

COVID-19 testing is currently completed via a supervised self-administered nasal swab test, is cost-free to eligible groups on campus, and results are available within 24 - 72 hours.

Per the Executive Directive on Student Testing, regular, on-going asymptomatic testing is required of all students on campus. A conduct process will apply for students who do not participate in COVID-19 testing.

Testing Contact Tracing & Vaccine Navigation Services

Vaccination Info

COVID-19 vaccination

For information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccines FAQ page and the state of California’s vaccine information page. Student information such as how to get vaccinated, how to upload records, view UCI's COVID-19 vaccination information

The University of California announced a proposed policy for review that would require all UC faculty, staff, academic appointees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited medical and religious exemptions. The requirement would go into effect by the beginning of the fall term, provided at least one of the vaccines has full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is readily available. The details of this proposed policy can be found in the UC Office of the President’s announcement.

UCI COVID-19 Vaccination Info

UC Proposed Policy Student FAQs

Flu vaccination

To support the health and well-being of UC students, faculty and staff and our communities, the University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a systemwide Executive Order requiring all members of the UC community to receive an influenza immunization before Nov. 1, 2020. Information about the mandatory flu vaccine requirement can be found on the Student Health Center website.

Flu Vaccination

Housing, Dining, Facilities

Student Housing

Stay connected with UCI Housing:

Campus Dining

Students with green ZotPasses* will be welcomed to dine-in at both dining halls. Tables will be sanitized after every use. Take-out options will still be available.

*A green ZotPass, which ensures student compliance with the daily symptom check and weekly asymptomatic testing for campus residents, is now required for breakfast and lunch on weekdays.

Retail Dining: Panda Express, Starbucks at Biological Sciences and Med Ed Café will be open and available for take-out only.For the latest UCI Dining updates

Stay connected with UCI Dining:

FRESH Basic Needs Hub

UCI Student Center

The UCI Student Center’s East Food Court and Terrace Lounge are open beginning March 29 for students to study on campus. Visit Book Smart online to learn more.

The UPS Store is open and offering a variety of services. Please see the Student Center website for details

Anteater Recreation Center

The Hill

Visit shopuci.com for current store hours. For IDs or replacement IDs you can make your appointments through campusgroups.uci.edu.

Stay connected with The Hill: The Hill at UCI

Parking Information

On campus residents will need to submit a Parking Permit Application.

Student commuter permits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the myCommute portal.

UCI Libraries

Limited study spaces will be available by appointment in the Multimedia Resources Center and the Libraries Gateway Study Center. Students will be able to reserve specific study seats, including some private rooms and computer workstations, for 3 hour blocks of time in the morning and afternoon. Printing will also be available. The buildings will close at midday to allow extra cleaning.

Three new services will be offered:

  • curbside drop box for returning library books – accessible from East Peltason Drive near the Student Health Center;
  • a one-button studio in the Multimedia Resources Center that provides a simplified process for recording video presentations and podcasts;
  • and laptops, iPads, and other equipment will be available to borrow from the Multimedia Resources Center.

Remote Access to Library Services and Collections

Study tents on campus

UCI has installed study tents on campus in an effort to provide students the opportunity to study outside in a shaded area. The tents are located at Langson Library Plaza. They are available for use from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., have nearby restrooms, and wifi.

International Students

COVID-19 vaccination

Under the proposed COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all UC employees and students - including international students - will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order to physically be present at any UC location beginning this fall. 

For students who have received a COVID vaccination outside of the United States, UCI will accept vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization's (WHO). The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a process for assessing and listing unlicensed vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics during a public health emergencies. Through that process, a number of vaccines not available in the United States have received Emergency Use Listing (EUL). A document summarizing the status of a wide range of international vaccines can be found online on the WHO’s website. 

Individuals arriving in the U.S., but have not received the vaccine, may be able to get the vaccine at an airport or schedule an appointment at a vaccine provider.

Several airports offer COVID-19 vaccines, including: 



For international students trying to schedule an appointment with a vaccine provider, a social security number is not required in order to receive the vaccine. However, some providers may require that you enter this information when completing registration. If you are unable to complete registration and schedule an appointment, you should contact the vaccine provider directly for guidance. 

Upload vaccination record

If you have already received your COVID-19 vaccine, you can upload your Vaccination Record Card by visiting the UCI Student Health Center portal.

Vaccine FAQs for International Students

For general information, visit the International Center.

FAQs for International Students

Remote Learning Resources

The 2021-22 academic year instruction will be held in-person with the expectation of students to be on campus. While some courses will continue to use educational technology tools throughout the year, here are some helpful links when working in a remote environment.

Keep Learning Internet Resources Zoom Backgrounds