Information for New Students


Congratulations on your acceptance to Vanderbilt!

Please review this "healthy-dores" checklist below: 

  • Step 1- Submit your immunization records and TB Screening Survey to the Student Health Center by visiting this Immunization Requirements page of our website and follow the "New Student Checklist".  Note that you will not be able register for classes until your immunization documentation and TB screening are received and reviewed for full compliance by Student Health per VU and State of Tennessee guidelines.  
  • Step 2- Submit an insurance waiver by the deadline if you have comparable insurance and wish to waive the Vanderbilt Student Health Insurance Plan.  For more information on the Student Health Insurance Plan, please visit
  • Step 3 (if applicable) Do you have a chronic physical health condition?   Student Health is able to assist you with wide variety of chronic health care problems including: asthma, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and thyroid disorders. We encourage all students with chronic health issues to make an appointment with a Student Health physician or nurse practitioner to establish a primary care relationship.  Appointments to establish care at the Student Health Center should be made in advance of arriving on campus by calling 615-322-2427.  You can also read more about our primary care services on our website.   Special Note:  The complexity of some medical problems does dictate that certain students also seek specialty care at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Many of these specialists book many months in advance.  Please contact the Medical Director’s assistant at 615-322-2254 well in advance of your arrival so that we can help you coordinate this specialty care before you arrive to campus.
  • Step 4 (if applicable) Do you have concerns about your mental health?
    The University Counseling Center (UCC) supports the mental health needs of Vanderbilt students, encouraging their work toward their academic and personal goals. The UCC offers culturally responsive services in a safe and affirming space, to include short-term and time-effective individual therapy, crisis care counseling and drop in consultations, medication management, and group therapy and workshops. New appointments for UCC services are managed through the Office of Student Care Coordination (OSCC). We encourage students to complete an Intake Form and schedule time to speak with a Care Coordinator to learn more about available resources.