New Student Requirements

Important Health Information You Need to Know

Starting college with your immunizations updated and a trip to your health care provider for a complete physical examination ensures you have taken the first very important steps in reaching your college goals. Knowing how important good health is, Canisius and New York State have very specific health requirements for all college students.

All new undergraduate students are required to submit a completed physical examination and immunization form to Student Health before attending class.

If attending in fall, forms are due in Student Health by July 31

If attending in spring, forms are due in Student Health by January 1.

To download the physical examination and immunization form,


If you miss that deadline or submit an incomplete form you risk registration cancellation, access to college housing, buildings, and technology and campus events. These measures are strictly enforced.

Physical Examination Requirement

New York State Immunization Requirements

Health Insurance

Canisius strongly recommends that you have health insurance and carry your health insurance card with you on campus.  Call member services at your plan’s administrative offices and request a card.  It is also a good time to ask how your plan works while you are a college student.  This important information prevents unnecessary out of pocket medical expenses for you and your family.

New Student Checklist

Use this check list to organize your health care needs before coming to campus.

Print your physical examination and immunization form. Review the form before your appointment so you know what to you and your doctor need to complete.

Schedule a doctor appointment for your physical as soon as possible and but no later than one month before due date.

Schedule appointment with all your medical specialists (dentist, counselors, dermatologists, etc.) to be seen before leaving for school and to schedule additional follow up appointments for the college breaks.

Call your health insurance carrier, request a copy of a health insurance card and ask how your plan coverage works when a college student.

Discuss medication refills with your doctor.  Bring enough medicine to school with you so you do not run out. If needed, arrange for prescription refills at a pharmacy in Western New York.  A list of local pharmacies is available under Services on this web site.

If you have ongoing health care needs, arrange to see a specialist or find a primary care physician in Western New York. Talk to your doctor and health insurance carrier about such a referral.  Medical conditions such as diabetes, depression, seizure disorders, bipolar disorder, bleeding disorder to name a few, are best managed by specialists  who work with your physicians back home.

Learn about support services on campus to assist you in your academic success, such services include in Student Academic Support and Counseling Center. Check out those web sites for more information.

Prepare a first aid bag include these items:

  • Thermometer
  • Cough and cold medicine
  • Throat lozenges
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamine such as diphenhydramine
  • Band aids
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Ice pack
  • Ace wrap
  • Flash light with extra batteries

Bring alcohol based hand sanitizer to clean your hands frequently

If you are living on campus purchase disinfecting cleaning supplies to keep your room clean.

Consider purchasing a cool mist vaporizer as rooms can get very dry in the winter and they do help with congestion if you get a cold or flu.

Check out myCanisiusHealth, the on line student health portal to schedule Health Center appointment, learn about health services in Western New York and self-care tips and more.