New student health requirements: Spring 2023
Welcome, new undergraduate, graduate, and professional (Johnson, Law, and Vet) students!
All students 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. (If you have been a Cornell student in the past, you may have already met some requirements.)
The information you provide to Cornell Health is confidential. Health care records provided through our patient portal are accessible only to Cornell Health’s workforce.
Submitting your new student health information
Please plan ahead. This process involves a number of steps and may take several weeks.
You will be asked to ...
- complete online forms
- provide documentation of required immunizations / vaccinations (and TB testing, if applicable)
- some students must also get a physical examination
Your health requirements information must be submitted by December 20.
See details below:
- Instructions for completing your health requirements
- What to do if you can't meet your requirements
- Medical and religious exemptions
- Consequences of noncompliance
STEP 1: Identify your requirements.
You must provide information and official documentation demonstrating that you have met the following New York State and Cornell requirements. Medical, school, and military records in English are accepted. You may also have your health care provider complete an Immunization Documentation form (pdf) that you can submit as official documentation.
You must provide proof of being fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine (see the list of accepted vaccines here). An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the full series of an accepted vaccine. (Please note that proof of COVID-19 vaccination must be submitted SEPARATELY through Cornell's Daily Check website.)
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, diphtheria, 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 2022: your test must be dated September 1, 2021 or later
- Students entering in spring 2023: your test must be dated February 1, 2022 or later
Recommended immunizations & additional health records
While not required, we encourage 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
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) (under age 27)
If you have received any of these (or other) immunizations, please upload documentation to “Upload Immun. Records.”
Submitting additional documentation / health records
Students are encouraged to send us additional health records regarding chronic and/or ongoing health conditions, if applicable. Examples might include test results, consultation reports, summary reports, or recent visit notes.
If you have additional documentation or health records you would like to submit, please send by attachment by logging in to myCornellHealth and selecting Messages > New Message > Send a Message or Attachment to Health Records.
Additional requirements for NCAA athletes
In addition to the requirements above, NCAA athletes must have a physical examination and complete additional forms before coming to Cornell (see Step 3, below).
It is also strongly recommended that student athletes sign and submit the Authorization for Disclosure of Personal Health Information: Substance Use / Mental Health Care (must be signed annually; can be revoked at any time).
More information can be found on our Sports Clearance page.
> Log in to myCornellHealth to review your medical clearance list, and complete preliminary forms.
- Requires an 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 and submit the first two forms (“New Student Health History” and “Personal & Emergency Contact Information”).
- Once you submit your “Personal & Emergency Contact Information” form, additional forms may be added to your list if you are an international student, NCAA athlete, or vet school student.
STEP 2: Obtain your immunizations records.
Gather or request your official immunization records for submission to Cornell Health.
- Medical, school, and military records in English are accepted. You may also have your health care provider complete an Immunization Documentation form (pdf) that you can submit as official documentation.
- Students from these countries (pdf) must also obtain TB test records.
- If you have not received or can't provide documentation for required immunizations / TB testing, you must schedule an appointment with your health care provider to receive them before the deadline (see next step).
STEP 3: Schedule an appointment with a health care provider (if applicable).
Get any required immunizations / TB testing you have not already received, and consider getting recommended immunizations.
- Be sure to get official documentation of any immunizations / TB testing you receive so you can submit it to Cornell Health. Medical, school, and military records in English are accepted.
- You may also have your health care provider complete an Immunization Documentation form (pdf) that you can submit as official documentation.
- If you are unable to receive your required immunizations / TB testing from your health care provider, you will be required to do so at Cornell Health as soon as you get to campus (charges may apply). See what to do if you can't meet your requirements.
Get a physical examination from your health care provider (*REQUIRED* for NCAA athletes; recommended for other students).
- Print the Physical Examination form (pdf) for your health care provider to complete and sign.
- Recruited NCAA athletes must also have their Sports Clearance form (pdf) reviewed and signed by their health care provider.
STEP 4: Submit your information by the deadline.
Log back in to myCornellHealth to submit the majority of your information / forms:
- 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.
EXCEPTION: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination must be submitted through Cornell's Daily Check website.
STEP 5: Confirm your compliance status / watch for messages from Cornell Health.
Cornell Health may take UP TO 3-4 WEEKS to review your information, due to high volume.
- If we determine that you have met your immunization requirements, we will update your status on your New Student To Do List. (Please note: the To Do list indicates immunization compliance only. You may have additional forms you must submit as well.)
- Your COVID-19 vaccination compliance status will be indicated in Cornell's Daily Check website.
- If you are missing anything, or your materials do not meet Cornell's requirements, we will send an email to your Cornell address directing you to log in to myCornellHealth to retrieve a secure message about what is missing from your information and/or documentation.
What to do if you can't meet your requirements
New students are expected to meet their requirements before coming to Cornell.
Students who are unable to meet their requirements because they lack access to required immunizations, TB screening, and/or a health care provider, must contact Cornell Health’s Requirements Office before the deadline to consult with staff and make a plan for meeting their health requirements as soon as they get to campus. (Requirements may be met at Cornell Health; see details below.)
Students seeking a medication or religious exemption to Cornell’s immunization requirements must apply for any such exemption before the Requirements deadlines (December 20). See information about how to apply for a medical or religious exemption.
Students who fail meet their health requirements, or otherwise contact Cornell Health’s Requirements staff or apply for an immunization exemption, by the December 20th deadline will be subject to progressive penalties.
Spring 2023 students:
- December 21: Noncompliant first-year students will have a pre-enrollment hold placed on their status.
- January 17: Noncompliant first-year students will have an additional add/drop hold placed on their status.
- February 6: Noncompliant first-year students will be withdrawn from the university with no opportunity to re-enroll for the spring 2023 term.
How to come into compliance with Cornell's health requirements
- Meet Cornell’s New Student Health Requirements (submit all required health information and have the information reviewed and approved by Requirements staff)
- Or contact Cornell Health’s Requirements Office to make and begin a plan to meet your health requirements (students are considered “In Progress”)
After February 6 you will be withdrawn from the university with no opportunity re-enroll for the spring 2023 term.
Students who are unable to receive required immunizations (and TB testing, if applicable) may do so at Cornell Health when they arrive on campus. Be sure to contact Cornell Health’s Requirements Office as soon as possible to make a plan or otherwise risk being withdrawn from the university for the spring 2023 term.
Costs for immunizations / TB testing at Cornell Health:
Charges to receive all required immunizations and TB testing may cost up to $900.
- Charges for required immunizations and TB screening tests are covered by Cornell’s Student Health Plan (nearly all international students are on SHP) and Student Health Plan Plus (SHP+) with no out-of-pocket costs for plan members.
- If you have other insurance, Cornell Health will bill your insurance plan, and your out-of-pocket costs will depend on your insurance coverage.
If you have questions, refer to our Health Requirements FAQ.
If you wish to contact our Requirements Office:
- Schedule an online (Zoom) consultation appointment: Log into myCornellHealth and select Appointments > Schedule an appointment > Health requirements consultation.
- Send a secure message through our patient portal: Log in to myCornellHealth using your Cornell NetID and password, and go to Messages > New Message > Send a message or 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 we are unable to communicate about private health information by email (read about our confidentiality practices).