College Student Wellness Final Checklist | Health and wellness services

Students should try to complete these requirements as quickly as possible. Failure to complete all of your health requirements may result in a fee being charged or the inability to enroll in the spring semesters.

Complete your health requirements


Transfer your prescriptions

Did you know that CU Boulder has a full-service pharmacy available on campus? If you are currently taking prescription medications, we recommend that you transfer your prescriptions to a pharmacy. This will allow you to fill out, refill and order prescriptions for collection at the Wardenburg Health Center on the main campus or at the Village Center in Williams Village.

In order to convert your prescriptions, you will need to complete the following steps:

  • Fill out the “New User Form” online
  • Provide a copy of your medical insurance card and/or prescription card
  • Fill out the online Prescription Transfer Request Form

Start transferring your prescriptions

Review your health history

Knowing your health and family history is important, especially as you begin to make appointments and see health care providers for yourself. Take some time to review your record before your first appointment. You may need to contact family members to fill in the details. Here are some things to include in your review:

  • Medications (dosages, frequency, reason to take them, etc.)
  • Allergies (eg medicines, foods, reactions, etc.)
  • Family medical history (eg cancer, asthma, diabetes, etc.)
  • Personal medical history (eg diagnoses, conditions, surgical history, etc.)
  • Vaccination history (eg types, dates taken, additional doses required, etc.)

You can also use this Free printable personal health information form To review health topics. Be sure to keep this form in a safe place so that you can easily access it if you need to make a healthcare appointment or see a provider.

Download a free personal health form

Protect yourself from preventable diseases

College campuses are a great place for disease to spread. While CU requires students to meet certain vaccination requirements, there are additional vaccinations that we highly recommend for all students, even if they are not required.

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

  • Meningitis: Meningitis is a serious disease that can affect the brain, spinal cord and blood. This infection can cause lifelong disability or death if not treated. CU requires all students under the age of 23 who live in campus-managed housing to receive the MenACWY meningitis vaccine. However, all students who live in confined spaces on and off campus are also 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 the MenACWY and meningitis B vaccine.
  • HPV: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a dangerous virus that can lead to long-term health effects, including genital warts and cervical cancer. This virus is considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that spreads through skin-to-skin contact and sexual intercourse, including oral, anal, and vaginal sex. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases 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 is important to know that the influenza virus mutates every year, which is why annual influenza vaccinations are necessary to prevent its spread. All University of Colorado Boulder students are eligible for a free flu vaccine of medical services during flu season.

Make an appointment to get the vaccination at the medical services

Learn the basics of health insurance

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

If you feel overwhelmed while navigating healthcare or insurance systems, you’re not alone. That’s why we’re here to help. Check out 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

Sign up for disability services if you need accommodations

Disability Services provides reasonable housing, dining, and academic facilities for students with disabilities. Some examples of disabilities by category include, but are not limited to:

  • Learning disabilities and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Mental health conditions (eg anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, etc.)
  • Chronic health conditions (such as diabetes, Crohn’s disease, cancer, etc.)
  • Deafness and hearing loss
  • Blindness and low vision

If you have special needs and need accommodations, we recommend that you register for disability services as soon as possible. Disability services can also provide support for students with temporary medical conditions such as a broken wrist or concussion. If you have any questions or are not sure if you qualify for accommodations, you can contact dsinfo@colorado.edu for assistance.

Registration in services for people with special needs

Create a safer sex plan

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

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