Cornell Health Services

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

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.


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.

Student Health Fee

  • All students in on-campus Summer courses, and
  • Students taking 12 or more credits in on-campus Fall, Winter, or Spring courses

are required to pay the university’s Student Health Fee. Exception: Cornell employees do not pay the health fee.

These students have a $10 copay for most Cornell Health visits (some visits have no charge).

Learn more about the cost for care at Cornell Health

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

Note: The "Student Health Fee" is separate from the "Student Health Plan (SHP)" insurance premium costs/fees (see below).

New, Visiting & International Student Health Requirements

  • New and visiting students taking six or more credits on-campus Summer courses,
  • New and visiting students taking 12 or more credits on-campus Fall or Spring courses, and
  • All international students (with few exceptions) in on-campus classes, no matter the time of year or how many credits they take

will be enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) to comply with state and federal laws, as well as with university policy.

These students must also 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.

Exception: U.S. students taking fewer than six credits in on-campus Summer courses or 12 credits in on-campus Fall or Spring courses are not required to enroll in Cornell’s Student Health Plan or submit health documents.

Optional health plan for U.S. students

U.S. students may choose to enroll in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) if they do not have adequate health insurance during their terms on campus. Learn more about health insurance requirements.

Degree-seeking students

Cornell's health insurance requirements apply to degree-seeking students taking 12 or more credits in on-campus Fall, Spring, or Winter session classes. Exception: This is not applicable to Cornell employees.

Learn more about health insurance requirements