New student health requirements: Spring 2021
Welcome, new students!
All students taking six or more credits must complete Cornell’s new student health requirements process to comply with state and federal laws, meet public health guidelines, and support their health care while at Cornell Tech. (If you have been a Cornell student in the past, you may have already met some requirements.)
Students taking in-person classes:
By January 4, 2021, please follow the instructions below to ...
- submit your health history information
- submit documentation that you have received required immunizations
If you are unable to do so before arriving on campus, you will be expected to meet your requirements as soon as possible upon arrival (charges may apply). See more detail below.
Students participating in distance learning:
If you will be engaged in distance learning away from campus this semester due to the COVID-10 pandemic, you are strongly encouraged – but not required – to upload any immunization documents you have now. You will be required to meet all of your requirements upon your return to campus.
STEP 1: Preparing your information
Please plan ahead! This process involves a number of steps and may take several weeks.
(1) Log in to myCornellHealth to review your medical clearance list and complete preliminary forms.
- Requires activated Cornell NetID and Two-Step Login; please allow two working days after you activate your NetID for Cornell Health to receive your information from the Registrar.
- Once you log in, go to “Medical Clearances.”
- Complete the first form: “Personal & Emergency Contact Information."
- NOTE: Once you submit your “Personal & Emergency Contact Information” form, some international students may have a TB screening form added to their list.
(2) Obtain your official immunization records for submission to Cornell Health. Students from these countries (pdf) must also obtain TB test records (see details below).
- Medical, school, and military records in English are accepted.
- If you wish, you can have your health care provider complete an Immunization Documentation form (pdf) so you can submit it as official documentation.
(3) Receive any additional required immunizations / TB testing you may need, and consider getting recommended immunizations.
- Required and recommended immunizations are listed below, and in the Immunization Documentation form (pdf) (optional for your health care provider to complete).
- Students from these countries (pdf) must also have a recent TB test (see details below).
- Be sure to get official documentation of any new immunizations / TB testing so you can submit it to Cornell Health.
STEP 2: Submitting your information to Cornell Health
Log back in to myCornellHealth:
- Go to “Medical Clearances.”
- Complete / submit any remaining forms listed, and enter requested immunization / test information.
- Upload official documentation (in English, from a health care provider, school, or military) for each immunization / test you enter.
- If you are unable to upload records, you may fax them to 607-255-0269, or mail them to: Cornell Health / ATTN: Requirements Office / 110 Ho Plaza / Ithaca, NY 14853-3101.
You must provide information and official documentation demonstrating that you have met the following New York State and Cornell requirements.
You must have either:
1. Combination vaccine: two doses of live vaccine administered on or after the first birthday
- OR -
2. Individual immunizations:
- MEASLES: two doses of live vaccine administered on or after the first birthday; or protective-antibody titer positive result; or physician-diagnosed history of disease
- MUMPS: two doses of live vaccine administered on or after the first birthday; or protective-antibody titer positive result; or physician-diagnosed history of disease
- RUBELLA: one dose of live vaccine; or protective-antibody titer positive result (NOTE: previous clinical diagnosis of Rubella is not acceptable proof)
Meningococcal vaccination / waiver
You must have one of the following:
- Meningococcal conjugate (ACWY) vaccination (within 5 years)
- Meningococcal B vaccine, and complete the series
- Meningococcal Vaccination Waiver form (pdf) submitted through myCornellHealth
Tetanus, diphteria, and pertussis
You must have had one Tdap vaccine (age 10 or later). If Tdap was more than 10 years ago, tetanus booster within past 10 years is also required.
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
You must have one of the following:
- Vaccine (2 doses of live vaccine administered on or after the 1st birthday, at least 28 days apart)
- Physician-diagnosed illness
- Protective antibody titer
- If you were born in the U.S. before 1980, the Varicella requirement does not apply
Tuberculosis (TB) screening (required for some international students)
Following public health and college health guidelines, Cornell requires full-time students from these countries (pdf) with “high incidence” of TB to provide documentation of results from a recent TB screening blood test.
We recommend but do not require TB screening for students who have spent time in any of the listed countries.
If you are from a country with a “high incidence” of TB:
- Only a Quantiferon-TB Gold or T-SPOT blood test will be accepted. Skin tests do not meet this requirement.
- If your TB test result is positive, you also must submit a chest x-ray report (no films, please).
- Date of test(s):
- Students entering in the summer or fall of 2020: your test must be dated September 1, 2019 or later
- Students entering in spring 2021: your test must be dated February 1, 2020 or later
Your health requirements information must be submitted to Cornell Health by the following dates:
- Fall semester entrants: June 15, 2020
- Fall semester transfer students: July 31, 2020
- Spring semester entrants: January 4, 2021
Due to high volume, Cornell Health may take up to 3-4 weeks to review your information. If we discover any problems, we will send an email to your Cornell address, directing you to read a secure message at myCornellHealth.
How to confirm your compliance status
When you have met your immunization requirements, we will update your status on your New Student To Do List (due to high volume, the review of all of your documents may take up to 3-4 weeks). Additionally, please note:
- When you submit a form through myCornellHealth, the status for that item may change to "Compliant." This does not mean that your information has been reviewed and approved by Cornell Health staff.
- The Medical Clearances menu option in myCornellHealth may continue to say "Not Satisfied" after you've submitted all of your forms and documentation. This prompt can be ignored; it will continue to appear as long as any non-required items remain on your list.
- The To Do list indicates immunization compliance only. You may have additional forms you must submit as well (if you are missing any, we will email you; see below).
If your materials are found not to be in compliance, we will send an email to your Cornell address directing you to log in to myCornellHealth to retrieve a secure message about what’s is missing from your information and/or documentation.
What to do if you can't meet your requirements
We expect students to meet the university’s health requirements before arrival at Cornell.
If you are not able to do so – or you are unable to provide official documentation – you must complete your requirements as soon as you get to campus (either at Cornell Health in Ithaca or in New York City) to avoid a registration hold and financial penalties.
Meeting your requirements at Cornell Health in Ithaca
If you will be on the Ithaca campus at the start of your program, you may receive all required vaccinations, as well as TB screening, at Cornell Health. Call 607-255-4364 to consult with Cornell Health's Requirements staff as soon as you get to campus so they can review your records and help you make a plan for getting required immunization / TB screening
Cost: Charges for required immunizations and TB screening tests are covered (with no charge) by Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP). If you have private health insurance, you will be charged for any required immunizations / TB screening (may cost up to $900), and then may submit your bill to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
Meeting your requirements in New York City
As soon as you get to campus, be sure to see a health care provider right away to receive your required immunizations and / or TB screening. You can have your provider complete an Immunization Documentation form so you can submit it as official documentation.
At Weill Cornell in Manhattan:
Weill Cornell Medical Associates Iris Cantor Health Center may be providing immunization clinics for Weill and Cornell Tech students prior to the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Please check back for details.
At Walgreens on Roosevelt Island:
Walgreens / Duane Reade Pharmacy on Roosevelt Island (425 Main Street; 646-521-2260)
Available vaccinations: TDaP and Meningococal vaccines only
Tuberculin (TB) screening: NOT available here
Walk-in; no appointment necessary
Cost: Charges for required immunizations and TB screening tests are covered by Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP). If you have private health insurance, check your plan for coverage details, and call Walgreens to see if they accept your insurance.
Finding other providers in New York City:
Students enrolled in Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP) can locate other in-network participating providers anywhere in the United States using Aetna’s DocFind. Students with private insurance should find a provider that participates (is in network) with their insurance.
Cost: Charges for required immunizations and TB screening tests are covered by Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP). If you have private health insurance, check with your plan about coverage and potential associated costs.
About the new student health requirements process
Cornell Health oversees the university's New Student Health Requirements process, through which you will provide information required to comply with state and federal laws, meet public health guidelines, and support optimal health care for you during your time at Cornell.
The information you provide, as well as all health care you receive at Cornell Health, is confidential. Health care records are accessible only to Cornell Health’s workforce.
If you have additional questions, refer to our Health Requirements FAQ.
If you have a question or concerns that are not addressed in the FAQ, please contact our Requirements Office at email@example.com or 607-255-4364. Note that during high-volume times, it may take staff members several days to respond.