Students on the Student Health Plan (aged 16 and older), are required to get referrals before seeing off-campus providers. To obtain a referral, make a medical appointment. Referrals are good for 12 months from the date they are issued. 

If you are not sure you have a referral or if you need a new one, call UHS at 609-258-3141.   


There are situations where referrals are not needed for treatment off-campus:

  • If you have an enrolled dependent under the age of 16
  • If you are using the Pediatric Dental or Pediatric Vision benefits
  • If you have an emergency or life-threatening illness or injury and need to go to the hospital or emergency room
  • If you need medical care with the following specialties: Urgent Care, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Pediatrics, or OB/GYN
  • If you are receiving outpatient mental health services with an off-campus mental health provider
  • If you are getting a routine annual physical or annual well-woman exam with an off-campus provider
  • If you want to use your $125 annual dental visit benefit within the Princeton University Student Health Plan
  • If your student status is In Absentia or if you reside and receive services outside of Mercer County, NJ
  • If you have a medical disability and are on a 90-day medical extension of SHP coverage
  • If you are a graduate student who has completed all program requirements and is eligible for an extension of SHP coverage (the extension would be up to 90-days-- verify with your department that you have met your program requirements and are eligible for the extension)
  • If you are covered under the extension for an approved student leave of absence without comparable coverage
  • If you need medical care during a scheduled University break

Call UHS at 609-258-3141 before receiving any elective surgical procedure during recess periods so we can ensure your health records are updated.