Immunizations are important to help protect people against diseases and prevent their spread.

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

Required 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

Please look at our FAQs page for frequently asked questions about required vaccinations. Learn more about Massachusetts state required immunizations with this guide from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Submitting immunization forms

UHS uses an online system for submitting student immunization records. New students may begin using this form starting in mid-July of the year they will enter school. If your healthcare provider's office requests a form for completion, download a copy here. Otherwise, you may send a copy of your immunization record from your healthcare provider's office. Submit forms through the patient portal, by faxing, mailing, or bringing them in person.

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 for college-age students include:

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

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 (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 the vaccines needed for your destination.