Continuing Education & Summer Sessions Students

New student health requirements

Cornell Health oversees the university's New Student Health Requirements process, through which students provide information required to comply with state and federal laws, meet public health guidelines, and support optimal health care for you. The information you provide, as well as all health care you receive at Cornell Health, is confidential. Health care records are completely separate from all other university records. 

Who must meet health requirements?

Students enrolled through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions:

  • You have NO health requirements if ...
    • You are taking fewer than 6 credits, OR
    • You have met Cornell's health requirements in the past 5 years
  • You must complete the health requirements below if this is the first time you are taking 6 or more credits at Cornell.

Overview

  1. Please see (and print) the requirements checklist and instructions below.
  2. Plan ahead. This process involves completion of a number of forms and documentation of immunizations. 
  3. Log in to myCornellHealth (requires activated Cornell NetID; please allow two working days after you activate your NetID for Cornell Health to receive your information from the Registrar). This is our secure patient portal. You will access your Health Requirements forms there. 
  4. Complete all forms, and submit required documentation. View your progress at “Forms” in the myCornellHealth menu.
  5. The status your Summer College To Do List will be updated after a review of your materials demonstrates compliance with immunizations and TB screening. 

NOTE: If we find problems, we will send an alert to your Cornell email address directing you to read a secure message at myCornellHealth for further instructions.

Deadline: no later than your first day of classes

Checklist and instructions

The following information is for students taking 6 or more credits, who have not met Cornell's health requirements in the past 5 years.

Checklist for completing all requirements

PLEASE PRINT Health Requirements Checklist and Instructions (pdf). Doing so will make the process much easier for you.

This is the list of forms you must complete. 

  • You will complete most of them (#1 - 4) very quickly.
  • The Immunization and TB History form (#5) will take preparation.

                                                                                                                                                      

1. New Student Health History

  • Complete online form

2. Health Emergency Contact Information

  • Complete online form

3. Privacy and Consent: under age 18

  • Print Parent/Guardian Permissions form
  • Ask parent or guardian to read and sign
  • Upload or send completed form

    Privacy and Consent: age 18 and over 

  • Complete two online forms: Part 1 and Part 2

4. New York State Immunization Registry

  • Complete online form

5. New Student Immunization and TB Screening History

  • Carefully review instructions (below)
  • Obtain copies of your official immunization records (from health care provider, school, or military)
  • Use official records to complete online form 
  • Upload or send copies of official records
  • If you decide not to get the Meningococcal vaccine, complete and upload Meningococcal vaccination waiver form (pdf) 

Instructions for completing your immunization requirements

Who must meet immunization requirements?

Students taking 6 or more credits must complete the "New Student Immunization and TB Screening" form. We expect students to meet the university’s immunization requirements before arrival at Cornell.

Students taking fewer than 6 credits do not complete this form. 

Before you begin

Please obtain official immunization records from your health care provider, school, or military. You will need these records to complete this form and provide documentation. 

Required immunizations

To comply with New York State laws and public health guidelines, you must provide documentation that you have met all the following immunization requirements:

Measles/Mumps/Rubella

You must have either:

1. Combination vaccine: two doses of live vaccine administered on or after the first birthday
      - OR -
2. Individual vaccinations:

  • MEASLES: two doses of live vaccine administered on or after the first birthday; or protective-antibody titer result; or physician-diagnosed history of disease
  • MUMPS: two doses of live vaccine administered on or after the first birthday; or protective-antibody titer result; or physician-diagnosed history of disease
  • RUBELLA: one dose of live vaccine; or protective-antibody titer result (NOTE: previous clinical diagnosis of Rubella is not acceptable proof)

Meningococcal vaccination / waiver

You must have one of the following:

1.    Meningococcal ACWY vaccination (within 5 years) 
2.    Completed Meningococcal B vaccine series
3.    Meningococcal vaccination waiver form (pdf) 

Tetanus, diphteria, and pertussis

You must have one Tdap vaccine within the past 10 years.

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

You must have one of the following:

1.  Vaccine (2 dates – must be at least 30 days apart)
2.  Physician-diagnosed illness
3.  Protective antibody titer 
4.  If you were born in the U.S. before 1980, the Varicella requirement does not apply

To provide required documentation, you must:

  • Enter information into the New Student Immunization and TB History online form (access through myCornellHealth).
  • Provide copies of official immunization records. Records must come from a health care provider, school, or military. Records must be in English. To submit these records, see “How to submit official documentation” below.

Not able to meet requirements or provide official documentation? 

We expect students to meet the university’s immunization requirements before beginning classes at Cornell.

If you are not able to do so, or are unable to provide official documentation demonstrating that you have met all immunization requirements, you must schedule (and keep) an appointment for immunizations at Cornell Health as soon as you arrive on campus. To schedule, call the Requirements Office: 607-255-4364. Failure to do so will result in late fees and a hold on your registration.

                                                                                                                                                      

Paying for vaccinations at Cornell Health

  • The charges for required and recommended immunizations are covered by Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP).
  • They are not covered by Cornell’s Student Health Fee. If you have private health insurance, you will be charged for the immunizations. Check with your insurance company to make sure you understand their reimbursement policy.    

How to submit official documentation

You must provide official records of immunizations. Records must:

  • Include your full name and date of birth
  • Come from a health care provider, school, or military
  • Be in English

Upload copies of your official records. 

  • You may do so at the end of the New Student Immunization History form on myCornellHealth, or by selecting “Immunization Record” from the menu and choosing “Add Immunization Record.” 
  • Be sure to “SAVE” your work on the Immunization and TB Screening History before uploading records.

If you are unable to upload records, you may either fax them to 607-255-0269, or mail them to: 
    CORNELL HEALTH
    ATTN: Requirements Office
    110 Ho Plaza
    Ithaca, NY  14853-3101 

> Print checklist and instructions (coming soon)

More information:

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 immunization@cornell.edu or 607-255-4364. Note that during high-volume times, it may take staff members several days to respond.