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Cornell Health


Cornell Health, centrally located at 110 Ho Plaza next to Willard Straight Hall, provides medical care, counseling, and pharmacy services for students in Ithaca.

See who Cornell Health serves

Appointments are required for most services. However, students with urgent health problems may be seen on a walk-in basis.


Cornell Health is open

  • Monday through Friday during the summer and winter sessions
  • Monday through Saturday during the fall and spring semesters
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If you have an urgent medical or mental health concern when Cornell Health is closed, you can call 24/7 to consult with a health care provider: 607.255.5155.


Students who are enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) or who pay the university's Student Health Fee have a $10 copay for most Cornell Health visits (some visits have no charge). Students enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan Plus (SHP+) have no copay.

Learn more about the cost for care at Cornell Health

Other students should refer to Cornell Health's insurance and billing page to learn about accepted insurance plans and payment options.


All medical and mental health services at Cornell Health are confidential, and health care records are completely separate from all other university records. Cornell Health uses an electronic health records system, which provides a patient portal to facilitate secure communication with students.

Health requirements

New and visiting students taking six or more credits on campus are required to complete Cornell's New Student Health Requirements to comply with state and federal laws, as well as with university policy.

These students must provide documentation showing that they've met the university’s immunization requirements, and submit forms related to health history, emergency contact information, and privacy and consent.

Find instructions and forms on the Cornell Health site

You are expected to meet these health requirements before your program begins. If you are not able to do so, you must meet your requirements as soon as you arrive at Cornell to avoid a late fee and possible disenrollment from your program.

Students taking fewer than six credits have no health requirements.

Health insurance & health fee requirements

Summer Session students

Students enrolled in on-campus classes are required to have health insurance coverage that meets Cornell's minimum requirements. Those who do not may enroll in Cornell's Summer Student Health Plan (SHP).

Note: SHP enrollment is required for international students studying on campus.

Students in Ithaca who are not covered by a Cornell student health plan or by the academic-year Student Health Fee pay a summer Student Health Fee ($117 for 2020) to support access to care at Cornell Health.

Learn more about requirements for summer students

Winter Session and Fall/Spring students

Cornell's health insurance and health fee requirements apply only to degree-seeking students taking 12 or more credits in on-campus fall, spring, or Winter Session classes (exception: not applicable to Cornell employees).

Learn more about winter, fall, and spring requirements