New Students

Welcome to Cornell … and to Cornell Health!

We will be your primary care provider while you’re studying on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. This means you can depend on us for medical services and mental health care, plus specialty services like physical therapy, sports medicine, nutrition, and a full-range pharmacy.

Our goal is to help you stay healthy and feeling your best so you can participate fully in the Cornell experience. Be sure to call on us when you need support!

[see Services] [see Who We Serve]

New student requirements

Before coming to Cornell, all new students must complete New Student Health Requirements, which are required to comply with state and federal laws, meet public health guidelines, and support optimal health care for you during your time at Cornell. 

About 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. Our integrated medical and mental health services are confidential, and responsive to the needs of Cornell’s diverse community.

[see Who We Are]

Getting 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.

[see Appointments] [see Hours] [see Getting Here]

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 Cornell Health's services for a $10 visit copay. Students enrolled in the Student Health Plan Plus (SHP+) have no copay for visits.

[see Cost for Service] [see Insurance & Billing]

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.

[see 24/7 Phone Consultation] [see Emergencies & After-Hours Care]