The Ultimate Wellness Checklist for College Students | Health and wellness services

Students should try to complete these requirements as soon as possible. Failure to meet all of your health requirements may result in fees or inability to enroll in spring classes.

Complete your health needs

Transfer your prescriptions

Did you know that CU Boulder has a full-service pharmacy available on campus? If you are currently taking prescription medication, we recommend that you transfer your prescriptions to the apothecary pharmacy. This will allow you to fill, renew, and request prescriptions to be picked up at Wardenburg Health Center on main campus or at the Village Center in Williams Village.

In order to transfer your prescriptions, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Complete a “new user form” online
  • Provide a copy of your medical insurance and/or prescription card
  • Complete an online “Prescription Transfer Request Form”

Start transferring your prescriptions

Review your medical history

Knowing your personal health and family history is important, especially when you start making appointments and seeing health care providers on your own. Take the time to review your history before your first appointment. You may need to involve family members to fill in the details. Here are some things to include in your review:

  • Medications (doses, frequency, why they are taken, etc.)
  • Allergies (eg, medications, foods, reactions, etc.)
  • Significant family medical history (e.g. cancer, asthma, diabetes, etc.)
  • Personal medical history (e.g. diagnoses, conditions, surgical history, etc.)
  • Vaccination history (e.g. types, dates given, additional doses required, etc.)

You can also use this free, printable personal health information form to review health topics. Be sure to save this form in a safe place that you can also easily access if you need to schedule a medical appointment or meet with a provider.

Download a Free Personal Health Form

Protect yourself against preventable diseases

College campuses are an ideal place for the spread of disease. Although CU requires students to meet certain vaccination requirements, there are additional vaccinations that we strongly recommend for all students, even though they are not required.

Here are some important vaccinations you can get at medical services to protect you in college and beyond:

  • Meningitis: Meningitis is a serious disease that can infect the brain, spinal cord and blood. This infection can lead to lifelong disability or death if left untreated. CU requires all students under the age of 23 living in campus-managed housing to receive the MenACWY meningitis vaccine. However, all students living in close quarters on and off campus are equally at risk, as this disease can be spread through saliva when an infected person coughs, shares utensils, borrows someone’s lip products or is in close contact with others. Protect yourself and your roommates by getting MenACWY and Meningitis B vaccinations.
  • HPV: The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a serious virus that can cause long-term health effects, including genital warts and cervical cancer. This virus is considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and sexual intercourse, including oral, anal, and vaginal intercourse. It is one of the most common STIs in the world, and college students are at increased risk of contracting or spreading HPV through unprotected sex.
  • Flu: Like COVID-19, the flu can spread quickly on college campuses, especially to those who live and study nearby. It’s important to know that the flu virus mutates every year, so annual flu shots are essential to prevent the spread. All CU Boulder students are eligible for a free flu shot from Medical Services during flu season.

Make an appointment to get vaccinated at Medical Services

Learn about the basics of health insurance

Health insurance is probably one of those things you wish you had known about in high school or early college. Although insurance plans can be complex, understanding your policy is an important part of managing your health (and your wallet).

If you feel overwhelmed navigating the health or insurance systems, you are not alone. That’s why we’re here to help. Discover tips and tricks to help you understand the basics and get the most out of your health insurance plan.

Learn the basics of health insurance

Register with Disability Services if you need accommodations

Disability Services provides reasonable accommodation, meals, and academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Here are some examples of disabilities by category, but not limited to:

  • Learning disabilities and/or ADHD
  • Mental health issues (e.g. anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, etc.)
  • Chronic health conditions (eg diabetes, Crohn’s disease, cancer, etc.)
  • Deafness and hearing loss
  • Blindness and low vision

If you have a disability and need accommodations, we recommend that you register with Disability Services as soon as possible. Disability Services can also provide support for students with temporary health conditions such as a broken wrist or concussion. If you have questions or are unsure if you qualify for housing, you can contact [email protected] for assistance.

Register with Disability Services

Create a plan for safer sex

Sex is something you hear a lot about in college. Whether you’re in a committed relationship or considering exploring sex for the first time, you’ll want to take certain precautions to keep you and your partner safe. Here are some things to review (preferably before having sex).

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