Vaccination Rates

As of September 9, 2021

bar charts showing vaccination rates at 99 percent for students and 97 percent for faculty and staff

The dashboard below shows the results of testing of Amherst College faculty, staff, and students who are being tested routinely on campus. The data are updated every business day. See also our data archive for July 13, 2020–July 31, 2021. We also provide a text-based accessible dashboard.

Vaccination: All students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated in order to return to campus. The only exceptions are those granted on medical or religious grounds. Find information about how to verify your vaccine or about vaccine exemptions.

Campus Operating Level:  The College is currently operating at Level 1. 


Data Glossary

Active Cases: The total number of people in the on-campus College community with active COVID-19 infection. This includes those people living or working on campus who have received a positive test result elsewhere, such as at their doctor's office or another testing site.

Positive Tests: Total number of positive PCR tests collected at the College's Testing Center since August 1, 2021.

Total Tests: Total number of PCR tests collected at the College's Testing Center since August 1, 2021.

Positivity Rate: The sum of positive COVID-19 PCR tests divided by the total number of tests collected (over the past 14 days).

Test Turnaround Time: The average time between when each PCR test is collected and the time that a result is determined for that test (over the past 7 days). 

Positivity Rate Trend Comparison: The positivity rates for Amherst College, Massachusetts, and the United States update daily. The positivity rate for Hampshire County updates weekly.

Antigen Testing: The College conducts limited antigen testing for people returning to the campus community after a time away. These antigen tests are paired with a PCR test, but are not included in this data.

Available Isolation Space: The number of available COVID-19 isolation rooms divided by the total number of isolation rooms.
Note: Separate dedicated space exists for students who are under the care of Health Services while the nature of their illness is being determined through testing (e.g. seasonal flu, mono, strep throat, etc. vs. COVID-19). These spaces are not used for housing students with confirmed COVID-19 infection and are not included in the isolation data. If a student under observation tests positive for COVID-19, they will be moved into a COVID-19 isolation room.

Students in Isolation: The number of students with active COVID-19 infection isolating in College-provided isolation housing. (Found in the Tooltip for "Available Isolation Space".)

Available Quarantine Space: The number of available quarantine rooms divided by the total number of quarantine rooms.

Students in Quarantine: The number of students identified via the College’s contact tracing program as having been in close contact with someone with active COVID-19 infection and are quarantining in College-provided housing. (Found in the Tooltip for "Available Quarantine Space".)

National and state testing data is provided by HealthData.gov under an Open Data Commons Attribution License.

County testing data is provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.