Welcome to Cornell … and to Cornell Health!
Cornell Health is a fully accredited university health center, recognized as a "flagship organization in college health" by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Each year, our 200+ staff members – including physicians, counselors, psychiatrists, nurses, technicians, pharmacists, and physical therapists – provide care for more than 80% of Cornell’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional students studying in Ithaca.
New student health requirements
Cornell Health oversees the university's New Student Health Requirements process, through which students provide health information and documentation of required immunizations to comply with state and federal laws, meet public health guidelines, and support optimal health care for you during your time at Cornell. Students are expected to meet their requirements before coming to Cornell.
You can depend on us for medical and mental health care, plus specialty services like physical therapy, nutrition, sports medicine, disability services, and a full-range pharmacy.
Our integrated services are confidential, and responsive to the needs of Cornell’s diverse community. Our goal is to help you stay healthy and feeling your best so you can participate fully in the Cornell experience.
Your Primary Care Provider at Cornell Health
All new students are assigned their own medical provider, called a “Primary Care Provider,” when they start at Cornell. You’ll see your Primary Care Provider — or a member their team — if you get sick or injured, or just want a general checkup. You can talk to your PCP about anything. They’re your central point of contact who can connect you with specialists or other providers, when needed.
How to get care
Most services require scheduling an appointment in advance – online, by phone (607-255-5155), or in person. You may also call us during business hours to schedule an appointment, ask a question, or consult with a health care provider. When we're closed, students with urgent concerns can consult by phone with an on-call health care provider (see more about after-hours care, below).
During the academic year, we are open Monday–Saturday, with evening hours Monday–Thursday nights (hours are reduced during University breaks). Our main building is on Ho Plaza, within walking distance of most campus locations.
Costs & insurance
Nearly all Ithaca students are either enrolled in Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP), or pay the Student Health Fee. These students can access most Cornell Health services for a $10 visit copay (some visit types have no charge). Students enrolled in the Student Health Plan Plus (SHP+) have no copay for visits.
Emergencies & after-hours care
Even when we’re closed, you can consult with us 24/7 about an urgent physical or mental health concern: 607-255-5155. We can help you determine what care you need, and how to get it.
In an emergency, students should call 911, or call the Cornell Police at 607-255-1111. Medical and mental health care is available 24/7 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca’s hospital and emergency department. After-hours and weekend care is also available at Ithaca’s two urgent care walk-in clinics, Urgent Care at Ithaca and WellNow Urgent Care.
Information just for you
Please visit the following pages for information especially for ...
- International students
- Summer students
- Students of color
- LGBTQ students
- Student athletes
- Students with disabilities / chronic health conditions
- Student spouses and partners
- Students with children
- Parents & guardians
If you have questions or concerns not addressed on these pages, we invite you to please contact us to speak with a Cornell Health staff person. Please visit our Contact Us page for information.