New Students Overview

For All New Students

Congratulations on your admission to Stanford and welcome to Vaden Health Center. We’re here to see that your time at Stanford is both healthy and happy. We look forward to meeting you.


Vaden Open House

Vaden Health Center will host an open house in mid-September during New Student Orientation. This is an opportunity for you to meet Vaden staff members and learn about all of the services that are offered at Vaden Health Center.

Important Entrance Requirements

New, transfer and international students to Stanford University need to be aware of the following health requirements:

  • All students must complete a series of online forms
  • All students must provide proof of measles, mumps, and rubella immunizations
  • All students must complete tuberculosis screening

Please see entrance requirements for additional information.

See also the Schedule for Immunization and Screening Clinics for New Students Completing Entrance Medical Requirements

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Special Needs

If you have questions about a special health care need, call the Vaden Health Center Administrative Office at (650) 725-1364 and speak with a member of our knowledgeable staff. We’re happy to help you.

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New Student Checklist

The following checklist of health-related items can help you prepare for your transition to campus:

  • Complete your entrance requirements
  • Complete your required immunizations and bring your optional immunizations up to date (tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, and meningococcus)
  • Bring a copy of your important medical records to Stanford
  • See your doctor to complete any treatments currently in progress
  • See your dentist
  • Buy basic over-the-counter medications
  • Refill your prescriptions
  • Put together a first aid kit
  • Bring your bike helmet
  • Get an extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses and keep a copy of your prescription on hand

Keep your health insurance card in your wallet.

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For International Students

American Health Care

To ensure that international students have adequate health insurance, Stanford requires mandatory enrollment in Cardinal Care, the student health insurance plan.

International students may request an exception to this mandatory enrollment policy if they have an alternative health insurance plan that meets or exceeds minimum standards.

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Spouse (or Domestic Partner) and Children

Stanford University sponsors a Dependent Health Insurance Plan for spouses/domestic partners and children of Stanford students that are enrolled in Cardinal Care, the university sponsored plan for students. More details about the benefits, how to enroll and the cost can be found on this website.

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