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Pre-Entrance Health Requirements for Undergraduate Students

Incoming First Year, Transfer, and Re-admitted Undergraduate Students

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

All first year and transfer students, including re-entering and re-admitted students, must complete pre-entrance health requirements by the due date listed below. Health requirements are mandated by New Jersey state law and The College of New Jersey. Students who have not completed health requirements will incur registration holds, placement on the “No-Move In” list (if applying for college housing), and late fines. Health requirements apply to students living on or off-campus, regardless of how many courses are taken.  

The following students are exempt from health requirements: (1) non-matriculated (not admitted to a TCNJ degree program) students taking less than 4 course units/semester (part-time status) AND who do not live in college housing, (2) students exclusively enrolled in programs for individualized home study or conducted entirely via electronic media, and (3) students who are exclusively taking classes outside the State of New Jersey.  Students who have a medical contraindication to receiving certain required vaccinations can apply (before the due date) for a medical exemption (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.

To get started, print the PRE-ENTRANCE HEALTH REQUIREMENT PACKETThis packet 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 document does not open when you click on the title, you may not have a pdf reader program installed on your computer.  For free download of Adobe Reader, click HERE.) 


Fall entering July 15 (fines apply for late forms)*
Winter entering Nov 15
Spring entering                   January 15
Summer entering May 20
EOF Summer entering June 9
Fall-entering students who do not complete ALL pre-entrance health requirements by August 10 will incur a $50 non-refundable late fine. Students who still have not completed ALL pre-entrance health requirements by October 1 will incur an additional nonrefundable $50 late fine.  As always, students planning to live in TCNJ housing will NOT be permitted to move-in until they have completed ALL pre-entrance health requirements and have been cleared by Student Health Services. Exceptions are given ONLY to students who are actively receiving vaccines that require spacing between doses and have been granted an extension by Student Health Services, or students admitted after August 1. You are expected to comply with the due date and ensure that ALL health requirements have been met. 

RN to BSN Program Students Only: Classes held off-site are considered an extension of the TCNJ campus by the N.J. State Department of Health.  You are subject to health requirements if you are a nonmatriculated (not yet accepted into a degree/certificate program) student taking 3 or more units (considered full-time) your first term OR you are a matriculated student (accepted into a degree/certificate program) regardless of number of units taken. Due Dates for completion of TCNJ health requirements are as follows

Fall entering in a nonmatriculated full-time status or in a matriculating part or full-time status. September 5                        
Spring entering in a nonmatriculated full-time status or in a matriculating part or full-time status. February 8


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 .