Requirements for New Students

Welcome to Tufts! We're excited to have you as a new student in the Medford/Somerville and SMFA campus. If you're a member of the Class of 2025, a Transfer Students, or an incoming Graduate Student, you’ve come to the right place to find answers to questions about health requirements, health insurance, and any other health-related concern. 

Please note: If you are a new undergraduate student attending Pre-Orientation, you must complete all the requirements below prior to July 1.


    Mandatory Medical Forms (Patient Portal)

    Please login to the Patient Portal. This will be where you can access all of the forms required of new students. You can also maintain your immunization records, communicate with us via secure message, and see a record of your services. Please complete this process by July 1.

    Before you log in, please have the following documents ready:

    • Digital and legible copy (front and back) of your insurance card
    • Recent picture (headshot) that will be included as part of your medical record.
    • Recent digital and legible copy of your health form detailing the vaccines and dates (month and year) of immunization
    • Students under 18 years old need parental signature

    Complete the following requirements on the Patient Portal: 

    1. Pre Entrance Medical History Form - This section should take about 20 minutes to complete. Please note that once you begin this process you must complete it to avoid losing the information entered.
    2. TB Risk Assessment Online - This section should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
    3. Immunizations - You must obtain a signed copy of your most recent immunization records from your health care provider, or you may have your health care provider complete our immunization form. Once you obtain a copy of your records or complete our immunization form, this process should take less than 10 minutes. After submission, please allow 10 business days for processing.*
    4. Health Insurance Information - If you are not enrolling in Tufts' Student Health Insurance plan, enter and upload your insurance information for the private policy you will be using. This section should take approximately 5 minutes to complete and is only required for those enrolled in a private policy. It is not required for those enrolling in  Tufts' Student Health Insurance plan.

    *Accommodations and Waivers for Immunizations:

    • Massachusetts law does not allow philosophical exemptions for immunizations.
    • To request a medical or religious accommodation please complete the applicable immunization accommodation request form.
    • All students living in a dorm or other congregate housing are required to receive the meningococcal vaccine unless they sign a waiver or qualify for an exemption.

    Create Your Student Health Insurance Account

    If you have opted for the Student Health Insurance through United Healthcare Student Resouces, you will be able to download your insurance card approximately five days before the start of the policy term. Most students sign up for insurance in the Summer and start their policy year on Aug 20th. Please note: if you would like to be enrolled in the student health insurance, you do not need to do anything else and do not waive the student health insurance. 

    Please visit our Student Health Insurance page and review the following information:

    • Create an account with UnitedHealthcare StudentResources
    • Get your Electronic ID Card
    • Dental Insurance (Optional Insurance)
    • Referral to outside providers

    If you have any questions, please contact the Health Service Business Office.

    If You Are Covered by a Separate Policy, Waive the Student Health Insurance

    All Tufts students are required to be covered by health insurance (it’s a Massachusetts state law). All undergraduates and graduate students who are half time or more are billed and enrolled in the Student Health Insurance plan. If you are covered by a separate policy, it must be through a U.S.-based insurance company and comparable to the Student Health Insurance plan.

    If you are covered by a separate policy, please complete the Health Insurance Waiver on your SIS account on the Bills & Balances tab by the due dates shown below. This waiver process is required every year.

    Enrollment Term Waiver Site Dates
    Academic Year (Fall/Spring/Summer) June 1st - July 31st
    Spring and Summer November 1st - December 15th

    For more information about health insurance, contact note: The Registrar allows students to invite parents to have access to the SIS account. For more information on how to provide your parents with access to the insurance waiver site and academic records please visit Invited Viewer Access

    Required Online Program on Substance Use

    All incoming undergraduate students are required to complete online training programs on substance use prior to arriving on campus.

    Contact Laura Michelson to learn how meet the requirement.

    Visit the Health Promotion and Prevention page for more information on health programs and activities.


    Tuition Insurance (Optional)

    Every year, college students around the country navigate many physical or mental health challenges, and some students unexpectedly take time away from their studies. Our departments work closely with Tufts students whose health issues may significantly impact their ability to complete a semester. Reasons for a medical leave vary, and can stem from a concussion, a prolonged bout of mononucleosis, problems with depression or anxiety, or many other health-related conditions beyond one's control. The University provides a graded tuition refund for all medical leaves taken at the beginning of each semester; beyond the first six weeks of each term a student who takes a medical leave without insurance forfeits a substantial portion - or the entirety - of the payments made toward that semester's tuition.

    Tuition insurance is meant to safeguard your financial commitment should an unexpected health concern necessitate that your Tufts student take a medical leave of absence this year. Participation in the Tuition Refund Plan is entirely optional, but we strongly encourage you consider enrolling. If you wish to enroll online, please submit the application and payment by the first day of classes. Applications will not be accepted after that date. Questions can be directed to Dewar at 617-774-1555.


    Health Service

    We are your primary health care site and offer walk-in hours and appointments, depending on your health care needs and busy schedule. Office visits are covered for all undergraduate and graduate students who have paid the Health and Wellness fee. We have a lab on site as well as a pharmacy that delivers. For more information you can visit our site.

    Counseling and Mental Health Service

    Counseling is available to all Tufts undergraduates and to graduate students who have paid the Health and Wellness fee. Learn about the services offered by Counseling and Mental Health

    Health Promotion

    Through education and prevention initiatives, we provide resources related to alcohol and drugs, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress management among others. We utilize a public health approach focusing on the impact of the environment on healthy communities and work collaboratively with undergraduates, graduate students, and student groups. For more information you can visit our site.

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