What Did Move-In 2021 Look Like? These Photos Tell the Story
BU Today photographers caught some moments as 11,200-plus masked and vaccinated students hit campus housing
Boston University’s 2021-2022 school year kicks off today, Thursday, with the first day of classes. So how did Move-In 2021 go?
An estimated 11,221 students loaded down with belongings arrived between August 25 and September 1. This year, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic required that students had to be vaccinated (or have approved religious or medical exemptions) and masked and had to show their online green badge signifying that they have no COVID symptoms and are cleared to be on campus before they could enter residence halls. They were also assigned specific shifts to prevent congestion and help ensure adequate social distancing.
As if the coronavirus did not make Move-In tough enough, this year’s ritual was complicated by a heat wave and two hurricanes—Henri, which hit New England at the start of Move-in, and Ida, downgraded to a tropical depression, which swept in Wednesday. Through it all, students and their families persevered.
“We were delighted to welcome students back to campus and to see so many of them excited about starting classes and reengaging with the BU community,” says Paul Riel, associate vice president of auxiliary services.