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Pre-Entrance Health Requirements for Undergraduate Students

TCNJ Health Requirements For Incoming Students

  • Pre-Entrance Health Requirements: Please open the TCNJ Pre-Entrance Health Requirement Packet. It includes complete instructions and health forms required by TCNJ except the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Due dates are listed below. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

  • In addition to the Pre-Entrance Health Requirements above, all students are required to complete covid vaccination by the dates listed below and upload their vaccination record into OWL. Only students who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks have passed since completing covid vaccination) are permitted to be on campus or in classes unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. Students with an approved exemption to covid vaccination are restricted from entering campus housing. The process from first vaccination to the 14th day after completing vaccination takes time: 6 weeks for Moderna, 5 weeks for Pfizer (Comirnaty) and 2 weeks for J & J’s Janssen vaccine so it is important to start vaccination early. Failure to comply with the requirement will result in deregistration from classes. See the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement webpage at
  • Dates for completing COVID-19 vaccination for students entering or re-entering in the Spring, Summer, or Fall:
    • Winter 2022: Complete vaccination by December 15, 2021 and upload proof into OWL.
    • Spring 2022: Complete vaccination by January 5, 2022 and upload proof of vaccination into OWL. 
    • Summer 2022: Complete vaccination by May 2, 2022 and upload proof of vaccination into OWL.
    • Summer Scholars/EOF 2022: Complete vaccination by June 9, 2022 and upload proof of vaccination into OWL.
    • Fall 2022: Complete vaccination by July 15, 2022 and upload proof of vaccination into OWL.

Seasonal Flu Vaccination 

All students are expected to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza (the flu) prior to the start of the Spring Semester and upload proof of vaccination by January 15. Students entering campus housing are required to be vaccinated against the flu before returning to campus in January. See the Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccination webpage at

Due Dates 

  • Due dates for completing Pre-Entrance Health Requirements are as follows (excludes COVID-19 vaccination completion dates and Seasonal Flu vaccination listed above) :

    • Fall semester entering students: July 15
    • Winter session entering students: Dec 15
    • Spring semester entering students: Jan 15
    • Summer session entering students: May 20
    • Summer Scholars/EOF: June 9
  • RN to BSN Program Students: 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 of full-time status: September 5
    • Spring entering in a nonmatriculated full-time status or in a matriculating part of full-time status: February 8

Late Fines, Housing Holds, Registration Holds for Noncompliance

All first year and transfer students, including re-entering and re-admitted students, are expected to complete pre-entrance health requirements by the due date listed above.

  • Late fines are only imposed on Fall entering students. Fines are NOT reversible. Students who have not completed health requirements by the following dates will incur late fines as follows:
    • August 10 ($50)
    • October 1 (additional $50)
  • Housing holds will be released as students complete health requirements. Students planning to live on campus cannot move into housing until all health requirements have been completed and Student Health Services has released their housing hold.
  • Registration holds: Students who have not completed health requirements by the due date will incur a registration hold which will prevents class registration. This hold will be released when the student completes health requirements.
  • Deregistration: Students who have not uploaded proof of COVID-19 vaccination or been approved for a medical or religious exemption by the start of the semester will be deregistered. 

The above applies unless Student Health Services has provided the student with an extension for completion of health requirements, such as when spacing between certain vaccines is necessary. Does not apply to COVID-19 vaccination.
The late fine does not apply to RN to BSN Program Students.

Exemptions from Pre-Entrance Health Requirements

  • Students who have NOT been admitted to a TCNJ degree or certificate program (non-matriculated) AND, are taking less than 3 course units/semester (part-time status). YOU MUST MEET BOTH CRITERIA TO QUALIFY FOR EXEMPTION! If you are a provisional student, you are subject to TCNJ pre-entrance requirements. Note that being exempt from pre-entrance health requirements does not exempt you from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
  • Students who have a valid medical contraindication to receiving certain required vaccinations (see Medical Exemption section below) will be exempted from vaccination only, not other health requirements or alternate laboratory immunity testing where indicated.

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.

Medical Exemptions – N.J.A.C. 8:57-6.14 (Non-COVID vaccination)

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 NON-COVID-19 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.

Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Please see the webpage, COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement.

Resources for Disability, Mental Health and Nutritional Support

ADA Accommodation Requests

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 .

Mental Health Services

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


Complimentary nutrition consultations are available to students on a TCNJ meal plan. See