Immunizations are important to help protect people against diseases and prevent them from spreading.

Immunizations for new students  |  Routine and preventive immunizations |  Travel vaccinations

Immunizations for new students

State law requires that college students have certain immunizations before coming to school.

The New Student Immunization Program (NSIP) oversees these requirements. The NSIP reviews students’ immunization records, contacts those with incomplete information, and helps students get missing immunizations.

FAQs about required immunizations

Learn more about required immunizations with these FAQs.

Immunization forms

Effective September 1, UHS uses an online system for submitting student immunization records. If your provider's office requests a form for completion, download a copy here. Return completed forms to:

New Student Immunization Program
University Health Services
150 Infirmary Way, UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

Contact the NSIP

Phone: (413) 577-5275 • Fax: (413) 577-3252 • Email:

Routine and preventive immunizations

Some vaccinations are required to attend college; others are recommended to help protect your health. Commonly recommended immunizations for college-age students include:

  • Flu
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Shingles

Learn more about required immunizations with this guide from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Find out what other immunizations you might need by downloading this handy checklist.

Make an appointment by calling (413) 577-5101. You may also be able to be vaccinated during an appointment you already have scheduled.

Travel vaccinations

If you're planning international travel, you may need additional vaccinations. UHS' travel medicine clinic provides advice and vaccinations. Call (413 577-5101 at least four weeks before your trip, so you can complete the vaccines needed for your destination.