What’s Going on at Regis College for 2021-22?

Regis College, while occupying a beautiful important space on Wellesley Street, is one quiet neighbor. Yes, WFTA has twice had to clean up party spots in Highland Forest, but on the other hand, the students have contributed to our town with service days, and let’s be honest–lots and lots of babysitting hours. Also some fun community swim lessons for the kids at their indoor pool in past years. Alas,…pandemic…

Did you know that Regis is a is a private Catholic university run by the Sisters of St. Joseph? It was originally founded as a women’s college in 1927 and only became a co-ed university in 2007. It was, according to the always factually-accurate (small irony) wikipedia, the last Catholic women’s college in the Boston area to start admitting men. Owl trivia question: how many women’s colleges still exist in the Boston area? Which one is best? Leading question if you know the Owl…

So what is going on there this year? The Owl had a gander over at their website and here’s a quick summary. On August 10, Regis College President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, hosted a university-wide town hall to discuss the university’s fall opening plans and provide updates to Regis’ COVID-19 response. The bottom line is that any campus community member who is not fully vaccinated or does not have an approved religious or medical exemption will not be allowed on campus this year. And yes, they also have an indoor mask mandate. There are no non- Regis guests allowed in residential student spaces. All campus community members are also required to enter the on-campus COVID-19 testing protocol during the fall semester.

Move-in and orientation for the class of 2025 and new students start today, September 1. Move-in for other classes is September 3 -5 so expect it to be a busy place this Labor Day weekend. Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral classes start on Tuesday, September 7.

For those of you who would like to consider applying to the hometown college, you’ll have to wait a little while to take a tour. Under the guidance of the Weston Board of Health and the Regis College Center for Health and Wellness, Regis is restricting on-campus visitors through September 21. During this time there will be no on-campus admission events or tours.

There’s lots more going on at Regis with a dental center in Waltham, an amazing Fine Arts Center and of course their chid care center. The Owl is going to let them settle in a bit to the fall semester and then will inevitably do some more investigating.

Happy return to school, Regis!

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