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Syracuse University is committed to a healthy and supportive student learning environment.

Immunization Records

All Syracuse University students born after January 1, 1957 and enrolled in six or more credit hours must submit documentation of the following immunizations to the health and wellness team at The Barnes Center at The Arch:

Documentation of two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) or proof of immunity;

Documentation of one dose of meningococcal meningitis ACWY vaccine within the preceding five years and after the age of 16 or a completed waiver form declining the vaccination

Documentation of a vaccination against COVID-19, this includes receiving a booster shot.  The only exception to these requirements is an approved medical or religious exemption filed with the University.  

Students must have an influenza vaccine or a documented exemption to attend in-person classes, participate in on-campus activities and use on-campus facilities, unless they have filed a medical or religious exemption with the University. Learn more on the Stay Safe Pledge webpage.

The documentation for these immunizations is filled out online through the Syracuse University Patient Portal.  This information, along with a broader health history must be submitted by July 1 to meet federal and university guidelines.

For questions or additional information, please contact Medical Records by emailing health@syr.edu or by calling 315.443.2667.

Student Health Insurance Mandate

In accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Syracuse University requires all full-time students carry some form of ACA-compliant health insurance.

All students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).  SHIP provides coverage for 12 months (August - July), at an annual average cost of just under $2,000 for each student, and a modest annual deductible of $100.

Full payment for the plan is due at time of registration. Spousal and dependent coverage is also available. Students matriculating in Summer Session II for the MPA program may purchase the final month of the prior year's plan (July) at a pro-rated one month cost, but please know that the annual deductible still applies for this one month of coverage.

All students will automatically be enrolled in the SU Student Health Insurance Plan, unless they provide proof of other insurance through the waiver option.  Students holding partial or full time GA positions will receive a generous subsidy to help offset the cost of the plan.

Students can receive a waiver to this requirement with proof of outside insurance. Please see the Student Health Insurance Plan Website for detailed information and contacts for questions.

Health Services Fee

There is a mandatory Health Services Fee for all full-time, matriculated graduate students. This will be billed in the fall and spring semesters only.

Payment of the fee entitles students to health services in the clinics of Syracuse University Health Center. The cost of support services such as x-rays, selected procedures, medications, and hospital supplies are in addition to the health fee, although often at a reduced cost to students.

Part-time students may opt to pay the health fee for the same coverage, or pay per office visit. Graduate students who hold a graduate assistantship or tuition scholarships of at least 12 credits per semester receive a health fee remission.


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