CU Boulder students have access to a full range of comprehensive health and wellness resources to help them feel their best. Between recreation services, medical care, counseling, advocacy services and more, Health and Wellness Services aims to keep students healthy so they can succeed at CU and beyond.
It’s important to understand how different aspects of wellness can impact your student’s time at CU. Visit colorado.edu/health for everything your student needs to know about supporting their well-being.
The Health and Wellness Services team includes:
- Medical Services: 303-492-5101
- Counseling and Psychiatric Services: 303-492-2277 (24-hour phone support available)
- Recreation Services: 303-492-6880
- Health Promotion: 303-492-2937
- Office of Victim Assistance: 303-492-8855 (24-hour phone support available)
- Collegiate Recovery Center: 303-492-9642
- Apothecary Pharmacy at Wardenburg Health Center: 303-492-8553
There are several urgent care centers and hospital emergency rooms in the Boulder area for sudden illness or injury.
If immediate response is needed for a mental health crisis, call 9-1-1. Students can also call Counseling and Psychiatric Services at 303-492-6766 or 303-492-5654 and press "2" to speak with a mental health professional.
All students are required to have health insurance coverage while attending CU Boulder. Students can make their insurance selections beginning June 8. Students will receive communication regarding insurance in their official CU Boulder email. Learn more about health insurance requirements at CU Boulder.
If your student has insurance…
Students can submit proof of current health insurance coverage through our insurance waiver form starting June 8. In order to submit an insurance waiver, students will need to have their insurance ID card information. If covered by a parent or spouse, they will also need to know the primary cardholder’s date of birth. Waiver applications are due by Sept. 11 and must be submitted each academic year. Learn more about private insurance.
If your student needs insurance…
Students taking 6+ undergraduate credits or 1+ graduate credits are eligible to enroll in the CU Boulder Gold Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Gold SHIP coverage begins Aug. 17. Students will be able to start using their insurance on this date if they enroll by the Sept. 11 deadline.
BuffCare Supplemental Plan (formerly Campus Care)
Designed specifically for students with private health insurance coverage, BuffCare helps cover out-of-pocket expenses such as co-pays, co-insurance and deductible costs for medical services provided on campus through CU Boulder Health and Wellness Services after their primary insurance has been billed. *BuffCare can only be purchased after a student receives approval for their insurance waiver.
According to a recent survey of CU Boulder students, the following can influence your student’s college experience:
- Stress and anxiety
- Getting sick
- Adjusting to change
Learning how to deal with these things and being aware of campus resources that can support your student are key.
Help your student stay healthy while on campus. Talk with them about eating right, getting enough sleep, taking advantage of programs through the Rec Center and managing stress. They can find tips on a variety of health topics important to college students on the Health and Wellness Services website.
Germs spread fast, especially on college campuses. Encourage your student to take steps to stay healthy:
- Practice good hygiene by washing hands often, or use hand sanitizer if needed.
- Avoid sharing items that can exchange saliva with others.
- Stay up to date on vaccinations and get a flu shot every year.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating regular balanced meals, staying hydrated, visiting the Rec Center and getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
If your student feels under the weather, encourage them to take it easy and stay home. CU Boulder Medical Services offers a 24/7 nurse line (303-492-3435). They can assess whether your student should be seen by a health care provider or can recommend self-care options. Health Promotion also offers a variety of free illness prevention and cold care supplies.
For many of us, life can sometimes get in the way of our daily routines and responsibilities. While at CU, students may encounter difficult circumstances, including prolonged illness or injury.
If your student is unable to attend class due to a temporary medical condition, Disability Services has a list of resources for finding support. Student Support and Case Management can also help students with requesting and coordinating accommodations.
All fee-paying students receive a limited number of free sessions per year with Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS). CAPS offers confidential, on-campus mental health and psychiatric services for a variety of concerns. The Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) also provides free, confidential response services who experience traumatic, disturbing or disruptive life events.
There are a variety of convenient services to help students manage their emotional health and well-being:
- SilverCloud Health is a free online tool that helps to build skills around stress management, anxiety and depression.
- CAPS offers free workshops and therapy groups on topics including anxiety, depression, relationships, time management, procrastination and mindfulness skills.
- CAPS also offers informal consultations at various locations across campus through the Let’s Talk program.
Family members are crucial partners in the academic success of their student. It’s important to have an open and ongoing dialogue with students about important issues, especially when your student may be exposed to situations involving alcohol and drugs. Students may choose to experiment with alcohol and drugs for a variety of reasons, or they may be affected by someone else’s decision to experiment.
Approaching the topic of substance use and having a non-judgmental conversation with your student can help when it comes to the choices they make and knowing when to seek help. Here are some tips to consider when talking with your student.
Whether it’s being away from home, living with a new roommate or starting a new course schedule, many students adjust to changes every semester. While some seem like they take the adjustment process in stride, others may find it more difficult.
No matter how it looks from the outside, adjustment is a process that all students go through. It’s common to struggle with adjustment, and it’s important to recognize the process looks different for everybody. Here are a few ways to help your student with adjusting to change:
- Help them go at their own pace. Validate their feelings if they are feeling apprehensive about going to a student group meeting or social gathering, but help them stretch the boundaries of their comfort zone.
- Routines can create a sense of familiarity in a new situation. Your student can start establishing some small routines by going to bed at the same time each night, finding a favorite spot to relax in between classes or taking regular walks.
- Having friends to talk to and finding a supportive community helps create a sense of belonging. There are many places for your student to connect with fellow Buffs, including the Center for Student Involvement, the Center for Inclusion & Social Change and the Rec Center.
- Encourage them to prioritize their health and wellness. Getting enough sleep (7-9 hours per night), eating balanced meals and staying active can all help your student’s mind and body feel regulated when going through times of change.
New student health information and requirements
To keep your student and our campus healthy and safe, there are several health-related requirements and recommendations for all incoming students to complete before arriving on campus. Review Health and Wellness Services’ new student information to learn more about:
- Health insurance and immunization requirements
- Completing CheckUp & Choices
- Scheduling ‘meet and greet’ consultations
- Transferring prescriptions
- And more.