The university said 6,527 students, or 55% of the on-campus student population, have reported to NDSU that they were fully vaccinated as of Monday, Sept. 27. The deadline to be fully vaccinated is Oct. 15, NDSU said.

“We expect that percentage will continue to grow as students get their second doses,” Laura Oster-Aaland, vice provost for student affairs and enrollment management, said in a statement to The Forum.

NDSU was the first public higher education school in North Dakota to announce that it would offer a cash incentive to students who were vaccinated. President Dean Bresciani said in an Aug. 19 update to the campus that the program was designed to reduce the impact of the coronavirus.

Other North Dakota schools have followed suit, including the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. The University of North Dakota announced a similar incentive last week.

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NDSU has not required the vaccine since it is not required under North Dakota law. The State Board of Higher Education and the state Legislature have not acted to require the vaccine in public higher education institutions.

Students at NDSU have until Oct. 31 to apply for the $100 incentive. More information can be found at bit.ly/2XWuhqY.

NDSU Student Health Service provides free vaccines to students. They can call 701-231-7331 to make an appointment, but walk-ins are welcomed.

More information on NDSU and COVID-19 can be found at ndsu.edu/covid19.