Health Requirements for New & Returning Students

Health Requirements for Undergraduate, Transfer, International, and Exchange Students​

  1. Complete Physical Examination (CPE) within the past year (includes a vision screen). A Physical Examination Form and Immunization Record must be completed and signed off by a health care provider (MD, PA, or NP). 
  2. Students must complete a Personal Data Form and attach a copy of their health insurance ID card. 
  3. Students must complete a Health History Record (HHR).
  4. Two doses of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), at least 28 days apart and dose #1 must be given on or after 12 months of age. A positive MMR titer will be accepted in lieu of this vaccination series if no records are available. 
  5. One dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) within the last 10 years. 
  6. Three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine series. A positive Hepatitis B titer will be accepted in lieu of this vaccination series if no records are available. 
  7. One dose of Menactra or Menveo within the last 5 years
  8. A TB Skin test (Mantoux or Quantiferon) within the past year. The TB skin test must be read within 48-72 hours. If a student has a history of a positive TB Skin Test, then a chest X-ray within the past year must be obtained. A copy of the actual x-ray report is needed. International and Exchange students will be required to obtain a QuantiFERON Gold Test. The traditional Mantoux will NOT be accepted for these students. 
  9. Documentation from a medical provider or parent indicating the approximate month and year the student had varicella (chicken pox). A positive Varicella titer will be accepted if no records are available. If a student did not have varicella in the past, two doses of Varicella vaccine at least 28 days apart or proof of a positive Varicella Titer.

Health Requirements for New Athletes 

  • Items 1-9 above, plus the student must complete a Pre-Participation Sports Questionnaire (PPSQ). If the PPSQ has “yes” responses, it must be reviewed and signed off by a health care provider. 

Note to New Students:

All NEW undergraduate (commuters and residents), transfer, international, and exchange students must meet the listed health requirements by the following deadlines:

Students entering in Fall semester:  August 1
Students entering in Spring semester: February 1

Consequences if a student fails to meet the necessary health requirements one month after the appropriate deadline:

  • A late fee of $100.00 will be charged to their student account on September 1st or March 1st.  The late fee will continue to be assessed the first of each subsequent month until the student completes all of the requirements.
  • The student will also be placed on hold and will not be allowed to register for the next semester until he/she is in compliance.
  • If a student participates in intercollegiate sports and they have not completed their health requirements by the appropriate deadline, the student will not be allowed to practice or play sports until he/she is in compliance.
  • If a student is a resident on campus, their name will be submitted to the Director of Residence Life who will send a final reminder to the student to clear and they will be given one week to do so.  If they still fail to follow through, their ID card will be deactivated, the lock to their room will be changed (at their expense - $125) and  they will not be allowed in the residence halls until all requirements are met.

Health Requirements for Returning Students

  1. Complete Physical Examination (CPE) within the past three years for non-athletes. For athletes, the CPE needs to be done within 1 year prior to the first day of classes. (CPE includes a vision screen). A Physical Examination Form and Immunization Record must be completed and signed off by a health care provider (MD, PA, or NP). 
  2. The student must complete a Personal Data Form (PDF).
  3. The student must complete a Health History Record (HHR).
  4. A Pre-Participation Sports Questionnaire (PPSQ) must be completed for all athletes participating in intercollegiate sports within the past 1 year prior to the first day of classes.
  5. Two doses of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), at least 28 days apart and dose #1 must be given on or after 12 months of age. A positive MMR titer will be accepted in lieu of this vaccination series if no records are available.
  6. One dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) within the last 10 years.
  7. Three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine series. A positive Hepatitis B titer will be accepted in lieu of this vaccination series if no records are available.
  8. One dose of Menactra or Menveo within the last 5 years.
  9. A TB Skin test (Mantoux or Quantiferon) within 1 year prior to the first day of classes.  The TB skin test must be read within 48-72 hours.  If a student has a history of a positive TB Skin Test, then a chest X-ray within the past year must be obtained.  A copy of the actual x-ray report is needed. 
  10. Documentation from a medical provider or parent indicating the approximate month and year the student had varicella (chicken pox). A positive Varicella titer will be accepted if no records are available. If a student did not have varicella in the past, two doses of Varicella vaccine at least 28 days apart or proof of a positive Varicella Titer.

Note to Returning Students:

Returning students (actively enrolled students who have not taken a leave of absence during any semester) do not need to meet the above requirements as they have met them already their first year at Whittier College.  However, if a particular vaccine is no longer valid, the student will be asked to update that vaccine. If the student fails to do so, they will be placed on hold and will not be allowed to register for the next semester until he/she is in compliance.

If a student withdraws from the college for any reason and then returns, he/she will be required to meet most of the same health requirements as new students with the exception of the following:  The Complete Physical Exam is valid for 3 years from the last one on file.  For an athlete, the Complete Physical Exam is only valid for one year from their last one.


Recommended Vaccinations

  • Two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine 6-12 months apart. 
  • Three doses of the Gardasil vaccine for women and men between 9-26 years of age. 
  • An annual flu vaccine in Fall of each year.

Forms (PDF):