NC Immunization Requirements & Exemptions

North Carolina state law (General Statute 130A-155.1) requires anyone entering college to present a certificate of immunization that documents their compliance with all required immunizations.

The statute applies to all college and university students, except:

  • Students registered in distance-learning courses only
  • Students attending classes scheduled at 5:00 pm or later only
  • Students enrolled in weekend classes only
  • Students enrolled in four (4) credit hours or less per semester

If at any time, the student status changes to on-campus courses, a course load of more than four credit hours, on-campus residence, and/or enrollment in day-time courses, a certificate or record of immunization must be presented on/or before the date the person first registers for a semester. If the exempt student transfers, interrupts study for six (6) months or more, or graduates, the statute is applicable upon re-entry to a college or university.