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Pre-Entrance Health Requirements for Graduate Students

Incoming Graduate Students,

Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to The College of New Jersey!

Individuals enrolled in TCNJ classes are required to complete certain health requirements as a pre-requisite to attending classes on or off campus.  The only individuals exempt from health requirements are (1) non-matriculated students taking less than 9 credit hours/semester (part-time status), (2) students who never congregate on-campus or in an off-campus facility, such as those enrolled in programs for individualized home study or conducted entirely via electronic media, and (3) students who are exclusively attending classes outside the State of New Jersey.  At such point that you no longer meet the exempt criteria, you become subject to health requirements.  This typically happens when a non-matriculated student taking less than 9 credit hours per semester is formally accepted into a degree or certificate program at TCNJ. 


Students who attended TCNJ previously may have immunization records on file in Student Health Services.  If you are not currently taking classes at TCNJ, please email to inquire.  If you are currently taking classes at TCNJ, you can log in to the TCNJ Online Wellness Link, OWL – Click on the tab, Immunizations. Even if you have all required immunizations on file in Student Health Services, you are still required to complete non-immunization health requirements in the Pre-Entrance Health Requirement Packet.   

PRINT THE FORM: Pre-Entrance Health Requirement Packet (pdf))

IMPORTANT: Only records that are uploaded into the Online Wellness Link, OWL, will be reviewed.  Records that are emailed, faxed, mailed or brought in-person will not be reviewed.  


For students taking classes on-campus:

Fall entering or matriculating Aug-Dec accepted before July 1 July 1
Fall entering or matriculating Aug-Dec accepted AFTER July 1 Aug 31
Summer entering or matriculating May – July June 3
Spring entering or matriculating Jan – Apr Jan 20

For students enrolled in an off-site program (e.g., RTC, N.J. Cohort, etc).

Fall entering or matriculating Sept – Dec  Oct 1
Summer entering or matriculating  May – July May 15
Spring entering or matriculating  Jan – Apr Feb 1


Students are not required to have any vaccinations that are medically contraindicated.  To apply for a medical exemption, the student must provide Student Health Services with a currently-dated letter written and signed by their healthcare provider containing the following information: 

  • the name of the vaccine that is medically contraindicated,
  • the specific period of time that the vaccine is medically contraindicated,
  • the reason(s) for the medical contraindication based upon valid medical reasons as enumerated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). For current ACIP immunization schedules and recommendations, including contraindications, click HERE.

Applications for medical exemptions are reviewed by the Director of Student Health Services and the student will be notified of her decision via TCNJ email. If approved, the student will be exempted from the specific immunization permanently (in the case of a permanent medical condition) or temporarily until such time that the student’s medical condition permits vaccination.

The College of New Jersey may temporarily exclude a student with a medical exemption from vaccination from classes and from participating in college-sponsored activities during a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or threatened outbreak. The decision to exclude a student with a medical exemption will be made by the College in consultation with the New Jersey Commissioner of Health.



Please direct requests for accommodation for a physical or mental disability to Disability Support Services.  See the DSS website for information at .


Questions and concerns about the availability of mental health services at TCNJ can be directed to Dr. Mark Forest, Director of Counseling & Psychological Services.  Call 609-771-2247 or contact Dr. Forest by email at .