Student Health Insurance

Wien Hall, 1st Floor
Phone: 212-854-3286

All full-time students are automatically enrolled in the Basic level of the Columbia Plan. To request a waiver from automatic enrollment, you must submit a request at health.columbia.edu before September 30 (February 1 for new spring term enrollment, or June 14 for newly arrived full-time summer trimester students). All waiver requests are considered but approval is not guaranteed.

Optional coverage for early arrival students or eligible dependents of insured students and a separate dental plan are available through Aetna Student Health. For more up-to-date information, visit the Columbia Health website or www.aetnastudenthealth.com/columbiadirect.html.

Immunization Compliance

Wien Hall, 1st Floor
Phone: 212-854-7210

There are two immunization requirements that all new students must meet before arrival on campus:

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination

New York State public health law requires that students receive information from their institutions about meningococcal meningitis and the vaccine that protects against most strains of the disease that can occur on university campuses. Columbia students must make an informed decision about being vaccinated and certify their decision online. Full instructions are given at health.columbia.edu and the process takes two to three minutes to complete. You must formally indicate your decision about being vaccinated before you will be permitted to register for classes.

Deadline: Decisions must be recorded online before classes begin.Students will not be permitted to register until a decision is recorded.

Documentation of Immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

New York State public health law requires all Columbia students taking six or more credits must document their immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Instructions and the Columbia University MMR Form are available at health.columbia.edu.

Deadline: Completed forms must be mailed or faxed 30 days before registering for classes.

Please visit us at  health.columbia.edu or contact us for questions.