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Pre-Entrance Health Requirements for Undergraduate Students

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

Please open and print the Packet above. it includes step-by-step instructions and health forms required for TCNJ. 

(If the 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.) 


Fall entering July 15 
Winter entering Nov 15
Spring entering                   January 15
Summer entering May 20
Summer Scholars/EOF June 9 

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


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


  • 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)
  • 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, Director of Mental Health 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