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New student health requirements for Spring 2024 admits

DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 20

Welcome, new undergraduate, graduate, and professional (Johnson, Law, and Vet) students! 

All incoming 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

Deadline:

Your health requirements information must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 20.

See details below:

Requirements

Required immunizations

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.

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 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:

  1. Meningococcal conjugate (ACWY) vaccination (within 5 years) 
  2. Meningococcal B vaccine, and complete the series
  3. 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:

  1. Vaccine (2 doses of live vaccine administered on or after the 1st birthday, at least 28 days apart)
  2. Physician-diagnosed illness
  3. Positive protective antibody titer 
  4. If you were born in the U.S. before 1980, the Varicella requirement does not apply

COVID-19 vaccination update: While COVID vaccination is strongly encouraged, Cornell no longer requires new students to submit proof of COVID vaccination. See the university statement here.

Tuberculosis (TB) screening 

Cornell requires all new students to complete the American College Health Association’s online screening to determine tuberculosis risk. Students complete this risk screening in their medical clearance list in their myCornellHealth (see Step 1 below).  

Students who are identified as meeting criteria for being at an increased risk of TB must provide documentation of results from a recent TB screening blood test: 

  • 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 2023: your test must be dated September 1, 2022 or later
    - Students entering in spring 2024: your test must be dated February 1, 2023 or later  

Recommended immunizations & additional health records

Recommended immunizations

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: 

  • COVID-19
  • 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).

More information can be found on our Sports Clearance page.

*INSTRUCTIONS*

STEP 1: Identify your requirements.

> Log in to myCornellHealth to review your Clearances & Requirements 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 “Clearances & Requirements.” 
  • Complete and submit the following 3 forms:
    • “New Student Health History”
    • “Personal & Emergency Contact Information”
    • "TB Risk Screen"
  • IMPORTANT: Once you submit these 3 initial forms, additional forms may be added to your list (for example, 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 who meet the TB testing requirement criteria listed above 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). 

STEP 4: Submit your information by the deadline.

Log back in to myCornellHealth to submit the majority of your information / forms: 

  • Go to “Clearances & Requirements.” 
  • 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.

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.) 
  • 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

What to do if you can't meet your requirements 

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 Requirements submission 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.)

If you contact Cornell Health and make a plan for meeting your requirements, you will not be considered "out of compliance" with Cornell's health requirements.

What to do if you wish to apply for a medical or religious exemption

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.

Consequences of noncompliance with Cornell's health requirements

  • December 21, 2023: Noncompliant students will have a hold placed on their status, making them ineligible to make changes to their class enrollment until they meet their requirements.
  • January 12, 2024: Noncompliant students will have an additional add/drop hold placed on their status until they meet their requirements.
  • February 5, 2024: Noncompliant students will be withdrawn from the university with no opportunity to re-enroll for the spring 2024 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 5, you will be disenrolled from the university with no opportunity re-enroll for the spring 2024 term.

How to meet your requirements at Cornell Health

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 penalties, culminating in being withdrawn from the university for the spring 2024 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) 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.

Contact Cornell Health's Requirements Office

If you have questions, refer to our Health Requirements FAQ.

If you wish to contact our Requirements Office:

  • 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 do NOT email us. Note that per HIPAA privacy law, we are unable to communicate about private health information by email (read about our confidentiality practices).