• Immunizations

    Because of past outbreaks of mumps, rubella, and especially measles on college campuses, New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires that all degree-seeking students enrolled at a college or university for six credits or more and born on or after January 1, 1957, provide documentation of their immunizations against measles, mumps, and rubella.

    Students who do not provide documentation, in English, of immunity for these diseases will be prevented from registering for classes and moving into on-campus housing. 

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella

    • Before registering at The New School, all students enrolled for six (6) credits or more and born on or after January 1, 1957, must provide documentation of their immunizations against measles, mumps, and rubella, or proof of immunity against all three through lab results.
    • Please be sure to provide the dates of these vaccinations along with a medical provider's signature as indicated on the immunization form (PDF).
    • If you have a history of a medically diagnosed case of measles or mumps, you will not need to present proof of vaccination. Documentation of illness must be verified by a medical provider as indicated on the immunization form. Proof of prior illness is not acceptable for rubella.
    • If you are unable to obtain the necessary medical provider signature or immunization documentation, an alternative is to have a Blood Antibody Titer drawn. This lab test measures the level of measles, mumps, and rubella antibodies in your blood. If you choose this option, you must attach a copy of the lab results along with the immunization form. Results must indicate that you  are immune to measles, mumps, and rubella.
    • Students who have attended elementary or secondary school in the United States after December 31, 1980, can submit proof of such attendance (e.g., high school diploma or transcript) as proof of having received one measles virus vaccine only. However, such proof must be accompanied by documentation proving receipt of a second vaccination no more than one year before attendance at The New School.

    How to Submit Your Immunization Documentation

    • Scan and email to shs@newschool.edu
    • Fax to 212.614.7484 
    • Deliver or post to:*
      Student Health Services - Immunization
      The New School
      80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
      New York, NY 10011
      *Please note that it takes two to three weeks for our office to receive mail.
    Due Dates
    • Fall semester: August 15
    • Spring semester: January 14

    If you do not submit your documentation by the due dates listed above, an immunization and/or meningitis hold will be placed on your account, which will prevent you from registering for classes, making changes to your schedule, and moving into on-campus housing until it is submitted. 

    Please call 212.229.1671, option 5, or email shs@newschool.edu with any questions regarding the immunization requirements.

    Meningococcal Vaccine

    Meningitis is a very serious bacterial disease, and New York State Public Health Law 2167 requires that all degree-seeking students at a university or college receive information about it (see Meningitis information sheet). All students must formally decide to do one of the following:

    1. Receive the meningitis ACWY vaccination within 30 days of the date next to their signature on the university Immunization and Meningitis Documentation Form**
    2. Indicate that they have received the meningococcal vaccine within the past five years and attach the vaccine record
    3. Decline receipt of the vaccination after receiving information about meningococcal disease risks**

    **Please note: If you will be living in university housing, you are required to show proof of immunity against meningitis ACWY before you will be permitted to move into the dorm. Students living in university housing are not eligible to decline the meningitis ACWY vaccination unless they have a valid medical or religious exemption on file. 

    The meningitis vaccine is not required but is strongly recommended for the following individuals:

    • Anyone traveling in parts of the world where meningitis is common, such as Africa
    • Anyone whose spleen has been removed or damaged
    • Anyone who has a compromised immune system
    • Any other adult wishing to reduce the risk of contracting meningococcal disease


    All students born BEFORE January 1, 1957, are exempt from providing documentation of measles, mumps, and rubella immunization; however, they are required to submit the immunization form with step one completed.

    Online-Only Students

    Online students taking six (6) or more credits do not have to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. However, they are required to submit the immunization form with the meningitis section completed. Please be advised that if you begin to take classes on campus, you will be required to submit proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.

    Religious Exemption

    The New York State Department of Health states the following with regard to religious exemptions:

    "In order to qualify for religious exemption, a student under 18 years old must submit a written statement signed by his/her parents or guardian stating that they hold religious beliefs contrary to the practice of immunization. Students 18 years or older must submit such a statement themselves to qualify for religious exemption. This statement must describe the beliefs in sufficient detail to permit an institution to determine that:

    The beliefs are religious in nature (not philosophical), and the beliefs are sincerely and genuinely held."

    Medical Exemption*

    A student must provide written proof from a medical provider stating the receipt of the vaccinations would prove detrimental to the health of the student. The documentation must specify the period of time the exemption is expected to remain in effect.

    *Please Note: Students who receive a medical or religious immunization exemption may be excluded from classes, residence halls, and/or campus facilities in the event of an outbreak. Any expenses incurred by a student as a result of exclusion from class, campus facilities, and/or university housing are the sole responsibility of the student.

    Immunization Clinics

    As part of our prevention efforts, we offer many vaccinations on-site. The following immunizations are routinely available: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningitis (MCV), measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), and tetanus (TdAP). Flu vaccine is available during the fall–winter season. The cost of vaccines is charged to your student account. Please call to make an appointment and to ensure that the vaccine is available or to discuss any questions you have about immunizations. Additional information about immunizations can be obtained on the Centers for Disease Control website. In addition, many routine vaccines can be obtained free of charge through your insurance plan at various immunization clinics