Undergrad, Grad, & Professional Students in Ithaca

New student health requirements

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 completely separate from all other university records. 

Overview

  1. Please print this CHECKLIST AND INSTRUCTIONS PACKET (pdf). Doing so will make the process much easier for you.
  2. Plan ahead. This process involves completion of a number of forms, and documentation of a physical examination and 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. Your status on the To Do List at newstudents.cornell.edu will be updated after a review of your materials demonstrates compliance with immunizations and TB screening. Please allow several weeks for review.

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.

Deadlines

Due dates

  • Fall semester entrants: June 15, 2018
  • Fall semester transfer students: July 31, 2018
  • Spring semester entrants: December 20, 2018

Penalties

If you do not demonstrate full compliance with Immunization and TB Screening requirements by August 13, you will be charged a $100 late fee and a hold will be placed on your registration for classes.

NOTE: If you are not able to obtain the necessary immunizations and TB tests before coming to campus, you will not be subject to late fees or registration delays if you schedule your requirements appointments as soon as you arrive on campus, and keep appointments.

Checklist and instructions

Checklist for completing all requirements

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) and the Physical Examination form (#6) will take preparation.

[If you haven't done so already, print the Health Requirements Checklist and Instructions (pdf).]

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: under age 19

  • Complete online form

New York State Immunization Registry: age 19 and over

  • 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) and any recent TB screening test reports
  • 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)

6. Physical Examination Form

  • Physical exam within the past 18 months is strongly recommended for all incoming students 
       * Physical exam (performed after March 1, 2018) is required for NCAA athletes
  • Print form to take to your health care provider 
  • Upload or send the Physical Examination Form

Other forms you may need to complete

Recruited NCAA/Intercollegiate Athletes only:

Vet Students only:

Instructions for completing your immunization requirements

Who must meet immunization requirements

All students taking 6 or more credits in any Cornell University program must complete the "New Student Immunization and TB Screening" form. 

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

  • If you were a full-time student at Cornell between 2012−2018: you may skip the “Required Immunizations.”
    • You already met immunization requirements.
    • We encourage you to review your Immunization Record at myCornellHealth. If you have received vaccinations that are not listed, please provide documentation of those vaccinations so you have a complete record here. 
    • If you are from a country with a high incidence of TB (pdf), you will need to document a recent TB screening blood test. See “Tuberculin screening requirement” (below).
    • If you are not required to complete this form, you may remove it from your form list in myCornellHealth: open the form, scroll to the bottom, and click “Submit.”

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. 
  • If TB testing is required, obtain official TB test records. See “Tuberculin Screening Requirement” below.

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 arrival 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.

Recommended immunizations (items 21 – 24)

We urge you to receive these vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College Health Association: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). 

  • Enter information about all the recommended vaccinations (and other vaccinations, Items 25 – 34) you have received. 
  • Provide copies of official immunization records. See “How to submit official documentation” below.
  • If you would like to receive recommended vaccinations after you arrive on campus, please ask when you are getting required immunizations. If you have met all of your immunization requirements, you can call Cornell Health to schedule an appointment for the recommended immunization(s) you want: 607-255-5155.  

Paying for vaccinations at Cornell Health

  • The charges for required and recommended immunizations are covered by Cornell's student health plans (SHP & 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.    

Instructions for completing your tuberculin screening requirement

Who must meet the TB screening requirement

  • Following public health and college health guidelines, Cornell requires full-time students from countries that have a “high incidence” of tuberculosis (pdf) 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 countries that have a "high incidence of TB." 

If you are from a country with a “high incidence” of TB:

  • We expect students to get required TB screening before arrival at Cornell.
  • You must document your TB test on the "New Student Immunization and TB Screening" form. Print form instructions (pdf). 
  • You also must provide copies of official records. See How to submit official documentation” below.

  • Please note: only Quantiferon-TB Gold or T-SPOT blood test will be accepted. Skin tests do not meet this requirement.

  • If your TB test result was positive, you also must submit a chest x-ray report (no films, please).

  • Date of test:
    • Students entering in the summer or fall of 2018: your test must be dated September 1, 2017 or later.

    • Students entering in the spring semester of 2019: your test must be dated February 1, 2018 or later.

Not able to meet the TB screening requirement or provide official documentation? 

If you are not able to to get required TB screening before arrival at Cornell, or are unable to provide official documentation, you must schedule (and keep) an appointment for TB screening 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 TB screening tests at Cornell Health

  • The charges for TB screening tests are covered by Cornell's student health plans (SHP & SHP+).
  • They are not covered by Cornell’s Student Health Fee. If you have private health insurance, you will be charged for the required test(s). 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 (and, if required, TB screening test). 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 a record or document has several pages, please upload it as one multi-page document. Do not combine different forms or documents into one attachment.

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 

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.