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

Required immunizations for new students

State law requires college students to 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.


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Learn more about required immunizations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Our FAQs answer common questions.

Submitting immunization records

Immunization information should be submitted before your first semester on campus; the deadline is the end of the Add/Drop period. If you miss the deadline, a hold will be placed on your student record and you'll be unable to register for classes.

If your healthcare provider requests a form for completion, download one using the above link. A copy of your immunization records from your provider is also acceptable. Submit records through the patient portal, or fax, mail or bring them to the NSIP during regular business hours:

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

Routine and preventive immunizations (not required)

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

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

Find out what other immunizations you might need with this handy checklist.

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

Travel vaccinations (not required to start school)

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