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Pre-Entrance Health Requirements for Graduate Students

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

Please print the Packet above. It includes instructions and health forms required for TCNJ.  Please note that forms and records are submitted online via our health portal, OWL (Online Wellness Link).  Do not email, fax, mail or bring your records to TCNJ – they will not be reviewed and will delay the processing of your forms. 

(If the Pre-Entrance Health Requirement Packet does not open when you click on the title, you may need to install a pdf reader program on your computer. For a free download of Adobe Reader, click HERE.)


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

Graduate students are subject to health requirements as a pre-requisite to attending classes on or off campus.  These requirements are mandated by New Jersey state law and The College of New Jersey. Students who have not completed health requirements by the due date will incur registration holds. Health requirements apply to students living on or off campus, regardless of how many courses are taken.

Students who attended TCNJ previously may have immunization records on file in Student Health Services. If you entered TCNJ on or after January 2008, please log in to our health portal, OWL (Online Wellness Link) and click on “Immunizations” to view records that are on file. If you entered TCNJ prior to January 2008, please email our office at to inquire. 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.   


  • Students who have NOT been admitted to a TCNJ degree or certificate program (non-matriculated) AND are taking less than 9 credit hours/semester (part-time status)
  • Students who are exclusively taking classes outside the State of New Jersey. 
  • Students who have a valid medical contraindication to receiving certain required vaccinations (see Medical Exemption section below).

When a student no longer meets the exempt criteria, they become subject to TCNJ health requirements. This typically happens when a non-matriculated student taking less than than 3 course units/semester is formally accepted into a degree or certificate program at TCNJ and becomes subject to health requirements.


Students are not required to have any vaccinations that are medically contraindicated based upon valid medical reasons as enumerated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). For current ACIP immunization schedules and recommendations, including contraindications, click HERE.

To apply for a medical exemption from a required vaccination, your healthcare provider must complete the REQUEST FOR MEDICAL EXEMPTION FROM MANDATORY IMMUNIZATION form. Then upload the form to OWL by the due date for pre-entrance health requirements.  Be sure to complete all other health requirements prior to uploading this form. The information on the form will assist our office in determining the validity of the exemption and whether it should be accepted or rejected. Supporting medical documentation may be requested by our office and/or by local or state public health authorities. Laboratory test reports showing immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella are acceptable in place of vaccination. 

Requests for medical exemption from mandatory immunizations are reviewed by the Director of Student Health Services, or designee. The student requesting the exemption will receive an email sent to their TCNJ email address informing them of the status of their request. 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.  In the case of an approved exemption to measles, mumps, or varicella, students will be required to have immunity testing done if one valid dose of the vaccine was received and the exemption is applying to the second dose.

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 Accessibility Resource Center (formerly Disability Support Services) by email at  See the ARC website for information at


Questions and concerns about the availability of mental health services at TCNJ can be directed to Dr. Mark Forest, Mental Health Services.  Call 609-771-2247 or contact Dr. Forest by email at . Check out the Mental Health Services’ website at