Immunization Requirements for Non-Healthcare Students

FULL-TIME (3 classes) and HALF-TIME (2 classes) students are required by Illinois State law (Illinois Administrative Code 694.100) and University regulations to provide proof of immunizations, in English. PART-TIME (1 class) students are not required to fulfill these requirements. Proof of immunizations along with the Admission Health Record must be submitted to the Evanston Campus Health Service prior to entering a full-time or half-time academic program. Acceptable forms of documentation include at least one of the following:

  • Recording of vaccination dates by a licensed healthcare professional (e.g. physician, nurse, etc.) in "PART II: Required Immunizations" of the Admission Health Record.
  • Copies of immunization records from a healthcare professional, previous school, immigration documents, or other official record.
  • Copy of a lab report confirming immunity is acceptable in place of vaccinations for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.

Immunizations required by State of Illinois and Northwestern:

  • Measles (Rubeola): Two vaccinations of Measles or MMR administered after the first birthday, and after 1/1/1968.
  • Mumps (Parotitis):  Two vaccinations of Mumps or MMR administered after the first birthday, and after 1/1/1968.
  • Rubella (German Measles): Two vaccinations of Rubella or MMR administered after the first birthday, and after 1/1/1969. 
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis:  Three doses of DTP, DTap, Tdap, Td or DT are required. The last dose must be administered within 10 years of entrance into Northwestern and one does must be a Tdap.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Self-Screening: Non-healthcare students must complete the TB self-screening questionnaire (PART III of the Admission Health Record).
  • Meningococcal (Meningitis): One vaccination of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menactra or Menveo) for students 21 years or younger at the start of classes.

STUDENTS ARRIVING FROM OTHER COUNTRIES in need of a TB test and/or a chest X-Ray as determined by the TB self-screening in the Admission Health Record have until 20 days after the start of classes to complete the process with incurring a penalty. Please call the Health Service/Evanston at 847.491.2204.

If you have questions concerning the Admission Health Record form, entrance health requirements, immunizations, or related issues, please review the Health Requirement Frequently Asked Questions, or call Health Information Management Services of the Evanston Campus Health Service at 847 491-2203 or send an email message to l-teel@northwestern.edu.

For questions concerning the Insurance Coverage Selection process, insurance requirements, insurance plan benefits, dependant coverage or related issues, please visit the Student Health Insurance Office web page or contact the Insurance Office at 847 491-2113, or send an email message to student.insurance@northwestern.edu.