New student health requirements
Welcome, new students!
Cornell Health oversees the university's New Student Health Requirements process, through which you will provide the university with health information and required documentation.
Summer 2020 information:
Due to COVID-19, 2020 Summer College programs will be held entirely online. Students participating in online programs do NOT need to complete Cornell's New Student Health Requirements.
Instructions for students taking fewer than 6 credits
You must complete several online forms by the deadline. You do NOT need to submit immunization information.
(1) Log in to myCornellHealth:
- 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.
- Go to "Medical Clearances."
(2) Submit the first three forms listed under “Items required for clearance”:
- Complete and submit "Health History," "Personal & Emergency Contact Information," and "Privacy and Consents."
- Please do NOT complete or submit any of the forms related to immunizations.
You may ignore the remaining instructions, below.
Instructions for students taking 6 or more credits
Please plan ahead! You must complete several online forms, and provide official documentation demonstrating that you have received immunizations required by New York State and Cornell University.
(1) Obtain your official immunization records for submission to Cornell Health:
- 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.
(2) Receive any additional required immunizations you may need:
- Required immunizations are listed below, and in the Immunization Documentation form (pdf) (optional for your health care provider to complete).
- Be sure to get official documentation of any new immunizations so you can submit it to Cornell Health.
(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.
- Go to “Medical Clearances.”
- Complete / submit any forms listed, and enter immunization information. (Exception: If "TB Screening" appears on your list, you may ignore it.)
- Upload official documentation (in English, from a health care provider, school, or military) for each immunization 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.
Required immunizations for students taking > 6 credits
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
If "TB Screening" appears on your list (which it may if you are an international student from a country with high incidence of tuberculosis), you may ignore it. Summer College students are NOT required to be screened for TB.
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 arrival at Cornell. If you are not able to do so – or you are unable to provide official documentation demonstrating that you have met your requirements – you can get required immunizations at Cornell Health.
As soon as you get to campus, call 607-255-4364 or come to Cornell Health (Level 6) during business hours to consult with our Requirements staff. They will review your records and help you make a plan for getting required immunizations.
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 (may cost several hundred dollars), and then may submit the bill to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
Penalties: Students who do not complete their immunization requirements as soon as they get to Cornell may be subject to a non-refundable late fee, a registration hold, and ultimately may be dis-enrolled from their program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-255-4364. Note that during high-volume times, it may take staff members several days to respond.