Health and Wellness

The Berkeley College Office of Student Development and Campus Life (SDCL) is the link to information on health matters. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being proactive to prevent illness can help keep students on track with their studies, work responsibilities, and personal obligations.

Tips for College Health and Safety 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that causes fever and a rash. It is spread by contact with an infected person, through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms typically appear 10 to 12 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, runny nose, wet/watery eyes, spots on the gums and inside of the cheeks, and a rash of red spots on the face that spreads over the entire body.

Signs and symptoms of the measles can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Spots on the gums and inside of cheeks
  • Rash of red spots on the face that spreads over entire body

Berkeley College students must comply with the immunization requirements for vaccination. 

Additional Information and Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cases and Outbreaks
New York State Department of Health
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New Jersey State Department of Health

Influenza (Flu) 

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone six months of age and older. To learn more about germ prevention, visit

Get your flu shot today! Find a flu clinic by clicking on the links below:
New York flu shot locator
New Jersey flu shot locator

Signs and symptoms of the flu may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting or diarrhea (more common in children)

To read more about the flu, visit


Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Bacterial meningitis is contagious and spreads through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions. College students, especially first-year college students living in residence halls, are at a slightly increased risk compared with other persons of the same age.

Signs and symptoms of meningitis may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache or stiff neck
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Altered mental status (confusion)

To read the Berkeley College Immunization Policy, click here.

For more information about meningitis, visit

Counseling Services 

Sometimes life can seem stressful and work can be overwhelming. SDCL provides personal counseling services to students who may need help with social, emotional, or academic issues.

To schedule an appointment, contact the Personal Counselor at your location:

Berkeley College Online® – Katherine Wu,
Brooklyn – Nedjyne Levy,
Dover – Sheri Burkat,
Midtown Manhattan – Adam Rosen,
Newark – Amanda Frey,
Paramus – Nicole Palagano,
White Plains – Elaine Zukerman,
Woodbridge – Greg Ieraci,
Woodland Park – Sandra Coppola,


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