Admissions

Admission Health Requirements


The health of the individual can affect the health of the campus community. To protect the campus from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, all students entering UCI for the first time are required to provide proof of compliance with specific immunizations and tuberculosis screening.

 

Incoming graduate students, including international students, should comply with their own school's admission health requirements if applicable, or proof of compliance with the following:

  1. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine - Two doses for all those born after 1957 (dose #1 should be given at 12 months after birth or later, and dose #2 must be at least one month after dose #1 and after 1980) - or proof of immunity by serologic titers.
  2. Hepatitis B vaccine for students 18 years of age or younger - the California State Health and Safety Code mandates that all individuals below 19 years of age when first entering a California State University or the University of California, be immunized against or provide proof of immunity from the hepatitis B virus prior to enrollment. Since the hepatitis B vaccine program requires a series of 3 injections given over 6 months, undergraduate students may have a full compliance period extended to six months after entry to UCI. However, they must have received at least their first hepatitis B vaccine prior to enrolling at UCI.
  3. Tuberculosis Screening, if indicated (see below) - to determine freedom from the disease. Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) is the preferred screening test for tuberculosis. If found positive, chest x-ray is required to rule out active disease. TST and chest x-ray should be done within 6 months prior to entering UCI.

    The American College Health Association recommends and UCI requires tuberculosis screening for all incoming students who have arrived in the United States within the last 5 years from any foreign country except the following (Incoming Student Health Form):
    • American region: Canada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, U.S. Virgin Islands
    • European region: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
    • Western Pacific region: American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand
  4. Tetanus-diphtheria or preferably tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) booster within the last 10 years prior to entry to UCI.
  5. Additional Requirements for International Students
    • Completion of the polio vaccine primary series.
    • Screening test for tuberculosis (either skin test or chest x-ray or a TB antigen test).
  6. Recommended but not required; meningococcal vaccine
    • While the meningococcal vaccine is not a requirement for admission, it is strongly recommended for all students

Exemption from Immunizations

If the immunizations are contrary to your personal or religious beliefs, you will need to sign a Vaccine Declination Statement in order to be considered for exemption. 


If immunizations are not advisable because of a medical condition, an official statement from a licensed medical doctor must be sent to Student Health for review.

 

How to Provide Proof of Immunization

Students may submit copies of official immunization records (such as immunizations on high school transcripts or yellow travel cards) to the Student Health Center by mail, fax, or in person.  If the student does not have a copy of their immunization history, the Incoming Student Health Form can be completed by a physician instead.

 

Questions

Please refer to the FAQ page for further questions.