New Student Requirements

The following is required of all new Cornell students in order to comply with New York State laws and Cornell’s public health guidelines.

BEFORE coming to Cornell:

Submit your Health History Form online – and mail a signed version to Cornell Health – by the deadline. In addition to basic health information, your form must include:

  1. Documentation that you have received all required immunizations
  2. Your doctor’s signature following a recent physical examination

See "Submitting your Health History Form" and "Immunization requirements" below for details.

AFTER arriving on campus:

Students who cannot meet Cornell’s immunization requirements before coming to campus must get immunized at Cornell Health as soon as you get to campus to avoid late fees and registration delays. See "Immunization requirements" below for details.

Students from countries in which tuberculosis (TB) is endemic (pdf) must have a tuberculin screening test at Cornell Health following their arrival at Cornell. See "Tuberculin screens" below for details.

Details:

Submitting your Health History Form

Please plan ahead to leave yourself enough time to complete the steps below.  

Instructions:

  1. Log in through your to-do list (newstudents.cornell.edu) to access the online form to review the complete instructions.
  2. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider.
  3. Fill out the form online – using your immunization records, if you have them – submit, and print.
  4. Take the printed form to your health care provider for information/signatures related to a physical exam and immunizations.
  5. Mail the signed form by the deadline listed below.
  6. Check your updated compliance status on your to-do list.

2017-2018 deadlines:

Your electronic Health History form must be submitted online – and your signed paper Health History Form must be postmarked – by the following deadlines.

  • First-year students entering in the fall semester: June 16, 2017
  • Transfer students entering in the fall semester: August 1, 2017
  • Students entering in the spring semester: December 20, 2017
  • Students with late acceptances: within 4 weeks of acceptance

When we receive your form, we will review it to make sure you have met all requirements. If you are found not to be in compliance, you will receive an email from Cornell Health directing you to log in to myCornellHealth (our patient portal) to retrieve a secure message about what’s missing from your form.

Late fees & penalties:

You will be charged a $100 LATE FEE if you have not achieved full compliance with all requirements by August 4, 2017 (January 5, 2018 for spring entrants). Failure to achieve compliance before classes begin may result in registration delays.   
 

Immunization requirements

All new students must verify that they have met applicable immunization requirements in order to comply with New York State laws and public health guidelines. (For details about any of these immunizations, please visit our Immunizations page.)

Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccination

For students taking 6 or more credits, you must provide documentation affirming that you have had 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)

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

NOTE: If you were born in the U.S. before 1980, the Varicella requirement does not apply.

For students taking 6 or more credits, you must provide documentation of any one of the following:

  • Vaccine (2 dates – must be at least 30 days apart)
  • Physician-diagnosed illness
  • Protective antibody titer  

Tetanus booster

All students provide documentation of having received a Tdap vaccine within the past 10 years.

Meningococcal information / vaccination

New York State Public Health Law requires that all registered students receive information about meningococcal disease and vaccination, and provide information indicating that they have been vaccinated, or choose not to be vaccinated at this time. Incoming Cornell students do this through the Health History Form.
 

Getting immunized at Cornell Health

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

When this is not possible, you must contact the Requirements Office as soon as you get to campus to get your required immunizations. The first step is to consult with our Requirements staff: Schedule a consultation appointment online, call 607-255-4364, or stop by our Requirements Office on Level 7 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday–Friday (if you stop by without an appointment, you may have to wait). During your consultation, staff members will assist you in scheduling a second appointment to get your required immunizations.

You will not be subject to late fees or registration delays if you schedule your immunization appointment as soon as you arrive on campus, and keep your appointment. 
 

Tuberculin screenings

Students from countries in which tuberculosis (TB) is endemic must have a Quantiferon-TB Gold (blood test) at Cornell Health following their arrival at Cornell. TB screenings completed elsewhere, prior to arrival, will not be accepted.

  • Your TB screening must take place after you get to the U.S.
  • Call Cornell Health’s Requirements Office to schedule your appointment: 607-255-4364.
  • You will not be subject to late fees or registration delays if you schedule your appointment for TB testing as soon as you arrive on campus, and keep your appointment.
  • Students who have a positive reaction to the blood test will require a visit for a chest x-ray to determine if they have active TB disease.
  • All costs for testing are covered for students enrolled in Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP) or who pay the Student Health Fee.
     


More information:

Please log in through your to-do list (newstudents.cornell.edu) to access the online Health History form and view detailed instructions. If you have additional questions, refer to our Health History FAQs page.

If you have a question or concerns that are not addressed in the FAQs, 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.