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Health history form and immunization requirements

New students enrolled in Summer Session are required to complete Cornell's health history form (updated form available soon) to comply with state and federal laws, as well as with university policy.

The health history form requires proof of immunization against infectious illnesses such as tetanus, measles, mumps, pertussis, and rubella. It is also mandatory for most international students to receive a tuberculin screening at Gannett as soon as they arrive at Cornell. If you have questions about the form, please call Gannett's Health Requirements Office at 607.255.6951.

Please note: If your form does not demonstrate full compliance with all requirements by the first day of classes, you will be charged a $100 late fee. For more information about immunizations, call Gannett Health Services at 607.255.4364, e-mail or visit

Health insurance requirements

Because of the high cost of health care and the pivotal role health plays in supporting academic functioning and success, Cornell requires that all students be covered by a health plan that meets university requirements.

  • International students: When studying at Cornell's Ithaca campus, international students are required to enroll in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP). Exceptions to this requirement are granted in only a few circumstances. International students covered by a U.S.-based, employer-sponsored group health plan may contact the Office of Student Health Benefits to discuss an appeal.
  • Domestic (U.S.) students: Those who have alternate health insurance meeting Cornell's criteria can apply to waive enrollment in Cornell University Student Health Plan (SHP). Those with accepted waivers can remain on their private insurance plan and pay a student health fee in order to receive on-campus health services at a nominal cost. Read about the student health fee.

For more information:

Office of Student Health Benefits
312 College Ave., Suite A
Phone: 607.255.6363
Fax: 607.254.5221

Gannett Health Services

Gannett Health Services, centrally located at 110 Ho Plaza near Willard Straight Hall, offers quality primary-care health services for participants in Cornell University Summer Session. Gannett Health Services staff will help you maintain your health, care for illnesses and injuries, and obtain emergency and specialty medical care if you need it.

As a Summer Session student, you are eligible for services at Gannett Health Services, regardless of whether you have the Cornell Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or private health insurance.

Gannett Health Services is open for appointments and urgent care during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Whenever Gannett is closed, you can reach a health care provider by phone 24 hours a day, every day, at 607.255.5155. This provider can offer advice and, if necessary, arrange transportation to the Cayuga Medical Center Emergency Room or Convenient Care Center. Anyone in a health-emergency situation occurring any time of day or night should call 911.

Gannett Health Services provides the following services:

  • general medical care
  • counseling and psychological services
  • nutrition and eating disorder services
  • sexual health care and counseling
  • alcohol and other drug education and counseling
  • tobacco cessation services
  • sports medicine
  • physical therapy
  • massage therapy (gift certificates available)
  • pharmacy, including prescription and non-prescription medications/supplies
  • laboratory and radiology services
  • allergy shots
  • immunizations and travel shots
  • health promotion

Although students with urgent health problems may be seen on a walk-in basis, please call ahead to schedule an appointment whenever possible. Appointments can also be scheduled online at myGannett. If you need advice about whether or when you need an appointment, call Gannett at 607.255.5155 to consult.

Gannett staff members also assist students who need emergency and specialty medical care by making referrals to community practitioners and private health-care facilities.


Many Gannett visits involve only a $10 student visit charge to you, which can be paid at the time of the visit (by cash, check, or credit card). Additional fees are charged for X-rays, lab analyses, medications, routine physicals, and other services. Check your health insurance plan for information about your coverage. You can access your billing statements online and submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Inability to pay should never be a barrier to receiving needed health care. If you have concerns about expenses related to medical or mental-health care, you can discuss them with a Gannett billing representative before or during a visit to Gannett.


All medical and mental health services are confidential at Gannett, and health care records are completely separate from all other university records. Gannett Health Services staff members confer with one another as needed to provide integrated care for you; in the event of your treatment at Cayuga Medical Center or another hospital, the hospital and Gannett will share relevant health information for continuity of care. Otherwise, Gannett will not release any information about you without your written permission, except as authorized or required by law, or in our judgment as necessary to protect you or others from a serious threat to health or safety. Review Gannett's Notice of Privacy Practices for more information.

Gannett uses an electronic health records system, which provides a web portal (myGannett) to facilitate secure communication.

For more information:

Gannett Health Services
Phone: 607.255.5155
Fax: 607.255.0269