Prepare for Arrival

We look forward to welcoming students back to campus the week of August 24. To protect the health and safety of our community, arrival will look quite different than usual this year. Below is a guide to arrival, including a checklist of steps that students must complete before coming to campus.


  • COVID-19 Testing

    • Visit the web application in your WesPortal to schedule your first COVID-19 test for your day of arrival. You'll need to log in with your Wesleyan credentials. Wesleyan will use this application to schedule twice-weekly tests going forward.
    • Complete your COVID-19 test at home within 72 hours of returning to campus, if possible, and send a copy of the negative test result to OR upload it to this website by selecting Wesleyan from the drop-down menu, logging in with your Wesleyan credentials, clicking the upload icon, and selecting "COVID test results." If your test comes back positive, if you have symptoms, or if you have a known COVID exposure, please stay home until medically cleared.
    • Update your personal contact information and emergency contact information in WesPortal. We need to be sure that the mobile number we have on file is correct.
  • Self-Quarantine

    • Self-quarantine during the two weeks leading up to your arrival on campus. (You should already be doing this!)
  • Read and Consent

    • Code of Conduct. Read and acknowledge the student Code of Conduct in your WesPortal. (This must be done in order to pick up the key to your campus residence.) This document clearly states expectations for student conduct, and non-compliance will result in a student being immediately asked to leave campus in order to protect the health and safety of others.
    • COVID-19 Testing on Campus. Read and consent to participate in COVID-19 testing on campus via your WesPortal as a condition of returning to campus for the fall semester.
  • Be Sure to Pack...

    • Your thermometer and fever-reducing medication to monitor your temperature or in case you become ill.
    • Your Wes ID and/or government-issued ID. If you have lost your Wes ID, email to request a reprint. The WesCard Office will have your replacement ID available with your residence keys upon your arrival.

Arrival on Campus

    • Plan to arrive on campus on your assigned day and time. We are staggering arrival days in order to minimize crowds and allow for appropriate physical distancing. Only students may enter residences during move-in.

    • Visit the COVID-19 testing site (in a tent on Andrus Field) before proceeding to your assigned residence. Every student must be tested on the day they arrive on campus and again a few days later.

    • Pick up your keys from the Office of Residential Life at your assigned key distribution site and move into your residence.

Arrival Quarantine Specifics

Wesleyan must observe a state-mandated, campus-wide quarantine between August 24 and September 7. During this period, students may only leave their residences for these purposes:

    • To pick up meals from conveniently-located sites near residences.
    • To visit the COVID-19 testing tent.
    • To retrieve mail/packages at WesStation.
    • To go for a walk/jog (solo or with others in your family unit) outside on campus property.
    • To sit outside your residence for class.


    Once a student receives two negative on-campus test results, students living in residence halls will be able to interact with others living on their residence hall floor or with similar-sized groups of neighbors, as designated by the Office of Residential Life, for the remainder of the quarantine period.

    If you are coming from an affected state or from outside of the U.S. and arrive on campus after August 24, you must remain in campus quarantine for a full 14 days.

    The first week of classes will take place virtually due to the campus-wide quarantine. Faculty members are aware that some students may need to quarantine longer, and are prepared to accommodate them.

    The drop/add period has been extended to run from August 24 to September 11. For details, visit the Office of the Registrar's website.