Welcome to Health and Wellness Services!
As a CU Boulder student you have access to a full range of health and wellness services located conveniently on campus, regardless of your insurance provider.
With over 100 licensed health care professionals on staff, we focus on enabling student success through comprehensive care and education.
To keep you and our campus healthy and safe, there are several health-related requirements and recommendations for all incoming students to complete before arriving on campus.
New Student Requirements
All students are required to have health insurance while attending CU Boulder. Those taking six (6) or more undergraduate credit hours or one (1) or more graduate credit hours are required to complete the health insurance requirement process. Students may elect coverage through an individual health insurance plan, through a family member or employer or the CU Gold Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Students must meet this requirement their first semester at CU Boulder and update their information each fall.
All students, regardless of their insurance plan, have full access to the services provided by Health and Wellness Services.
Health Plan Options
Students who elect coverage through an individual health insurance plan are asked to submit proof of current health insurance coverage through MyCUInfo. These students will need to provide their health insurance information when checking in for their appointments at Health and Wellness Services.
CU Gold Student Health Insurance Plan (CU Gold SHIP)
If you don't have health insurance or want comprehensive coverage on and off campus, you can enroll in the CU Gold SHIP. This plan provides coverage for Health and Wellness Services as well as coverage locally and nationally.
BuffCare Supplemental Plan
BuffCare is a supplement plan for students who already have their own health insurance but want an inexpensive way to help cover out-of-pocket expenses for services provided by Health and Wellness Services at CU Boulder. BuffCare costs $225 a semester, and there is no limit for covered services. Coverage for care provided by CU Boulder Medical Services.
Colorado law requires anyone who is enrolled for one of more classes at a college or university and who is physically present at the institution to meet the following immunization requirements:
- Proof of two doses of the MMR vaccine:
- Colorado State Law requires all new students to submit proof of two doses each of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination. This is a mandatory requirement for all college students born on or after January 1, 1957. Please check with your physician, high school, previous university and/or military, to obtain an official signed or stamped copy of your records. Medical, religious and personal exemptions are allowed by law; however, in the event of an outbreak, exempted persons may be subject to quarantine and exclusion from school.
- Complete the New Student Immunization Questionnaire:
- Information and questions on meningococcal disease, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and Tuberculosis (TB).
Submitting immunization records
- Log in to the MyCUHealth patient portal with your Identikey username and password.
- Click on the Immunizations tab.
- Scroll down to the middle of the page and click on Required Immunizations bar.
- Enter the dates of your first and second dose of the MMR vaccine as they appear on your immunization record.
- Click Submit.
- Next, click on the Upload tab near the top right corner to upload a copy of your record.
- In the dropdown menu select "Immunization Record", select your file and then click Upload. Once you’ve successfully uploaded your file, you will see the file listed under "Documents already on file." You can view this document at any time.
- Finally, click on the Forms tab at the top of the page to complete the Immunization Questionnaire:
- Students 18 or older: On the Forms page, complete the "New Student Immunization Questionnaire"
- For students under 18: Scroll down the Forms page to the "Downloadable Forms" section to print a copy of the "New Student Immunization Questionnaire." This questionnaire must be completed by a parent or guardian. It should then be uploaded under the "Upload Tab" in MyCUHealth as an "Immunization Record." This can be done either by uploading a scanned copy of the form, or by taking a photo of the form with a smartphone and uploading the photo.
Note: If you are having trouble logging in to the portal, please check back in 1-2 weeks.
If you have any questions please call Student Health Insurance and Referrals at 303-492-5107. Please allow for a processing time of 2-3 weeks for confirmation that your immunization records have been accepted.
A range of vaccinations are available at CU Boulder Medical Services, including the MMR and Meningococcal vaccines.
The CheckUp & Choices WellCheck is one of your first steps in a healthy and successful first year at CU Boulder. You will have the opportunity to think about your goals, reflect on your values and how they translate to your student experience.
- Fall 2019: August 1, 2019
For any questions and concerns, please call Health Promotion at 303-492-2937 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are receiving medical or mental health treatment, please consider scheduling an in-person or over-the-phone ‘meet-and-greet’ consultation with a Health and Wellness Services provider. For more information, call 303-492-5432 or visit us online.
The Apothecary is a full-service, on-campus pharmacy available to all students. It accepts most nationwide insurance plans. To get started, complete the new user form and the prescription transfer request form and return them with a front and back copy of your insurance card.
First Aid Kit
Prepare a first aid kit for minor injuries or illnesses. We recommend including:
- Bandages and antibiotic ointment
- Cold relief medications: cough drops, nasal spray, or vitamin C
- Digital thermometer
- Hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant
- Over-the-counter pain reliever
- Reusable cold pack
It is important to know about your personal health including:
- Medications (doses, frequency, and why they are taken)
- Allergies to medications and foods
- Significant family medical history
- Personal medical history
Supporting Your Student
- Stay in touch. Contact your student on a regular basis. Even though college can be a time to experiment with independent choices, your student still needs to know that you are there and available to talk.
- Listening is vital. Be open to hearing about both normal events and difficult issues.
- Be realistic about academic achievements and grades. The transition to college-level academic demands can be difficult and take time. Developing or refining the capacity to work independently and consistently can be more important than grades, as long as the student meets the basic academic requirements set out by the university.
- Allow your student to set the agenda for some of your conversations. Make room for touchy subjects that may arise and respond calmly.
- If your student experiences difficulties at CU, there are a wealth of resources available on campus.
Our Counseling and Psychiatric Services staff offers free consultations for parents and family members.
Accessing Student Health Information
Students who wish to have a parent or family member involved in their care can complete a release of information request after their first visit.
Insurance and Immunization Deadlines
Fall 2019: August 1
All students must complete the health insurance requirement every fall semester and during their first semester at CU Boulder.