Last week, Bowdoin College became the first in Maine to say students will have to be vaccinated. More colleges across the country have been announcing vaccine requirements as they plan fall semesters that more closely resemble what college looked like before the pandemic.

College of the Atlantic has offered a mix of remote and in-person instruction this academic year, with weekly testing of 20-25 percent of those on campus to monitor the virus’ spread. The college on Monday said it will have some level of remote class offerings for the fall, but that having the campus population vaccinated will allow for gatherings, shared meals and an academic setting that’s closer to normal.

“Having a fully vaccinated community should allow us to teach, learn, and practice human ecology as it is meant to be done,” said Darron Collins, the college’s president. All College of the Atlantic students major in human ecology, studying the relationship between humans and their environment.

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