New student health requirements
Cornell Health oversees the university's New Student Health Requirements process, through which students provide the university with health information and documentation of required immunizations.
If you are enrolled through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, you must meet Cornell’s health requirements if ...
- you are taking 6 or more credits at Cornell
- you have not met Cornell’s health requirements in the past 5 years
If you are taking fewer than 6 credits, or you have met Cornell’s health requirements in the past 5 years, you do not have any health requirements.
Summer 2021 information:
Due to COVID-19, Summer Sessions courses will be held entirely online. Students participating in online programs do NOT need to complete Cornell's New Student Health Requirements.
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 / submit all forms marked with two stars (**).
- NOTE: Once you submit your “Personal and Emergency Contact Information” form, some international students may have an additional form added to their list.
(2) Obtain your official immunization records for submission to Cornell Health. Students from these countries (pdf) taking 6 or more credits during the fall or spring semester 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) form 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) form (optional for your health care provider to complete).
- Students from these countries (pdf) taking 6 or more credits during the fall or spring semester 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 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
Once you submit your information …
Due to high volume, Cornell Health may take 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.
Not able to meet your requirements or provide official documentation?
We expect students to meet the university’s health requirements before your program begins. If you are not able to do so – or you are unable to provide official documentation demonstrating that you have met your requirements – you must meet your requirements at Cornell Health as soon as your program begins.
Meet with our Requirements staff as soon as possible so they can review your records and help you make a plan for getting required immunizations / TB screening at Cornell Health. Call 607-255-4364 or come to Cornell Health (Level 6) during business hours to consult with our Requirements staff.
If you delay in meeting your requirements, you may be charged with a $100 late fee, and ultimately may be dis-enrolled from your program.
Cost: Charges for getting required immunizations at Cornell Health are covered by Cornell’s Student Health Plan. If you have private health insurance, you will be charged for the required immunizations / testing (may cost up to $900), and then may submit the bill to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
If you have questions, refer to our Health Requirements FAQ.
If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed in the FAQ, please contact our Requirements Office through one of the following methods:
- Send a secure message through our patient portal: Log in to myCornellHealth using your Cornell NetID and password, and go to go to Messages > New Message > Send a message or an attachment to Immunization Requirements
- Or call us during business hours: 607-255-4364 (Monday–Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time)
- Please note that email is not a secure means to communicate about private health information (read about our confidentiality practices)