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Elevate campus health, take the National College Health Assessment

Much like voting, taking this national assessment is a chance to add your voice to the conversation around student health and wellness.

Raise your voice, elevate campus health

Every two years, the Center for Student Wellness administers the National College Health Assessment (NCHA), a nationally recognized survey that is sent to a random sample of undergraduate and graduate students in the campus community. Participation in the NCHA is voluntary and strongly encouraged. Recorded responses are anonymous and confidential.

The data collected from this anonymous survey gives the Center a holistic understanding of students and their health-related needs. It is a comprehensive tool that assesses all parts of student health and wellness, including mental health, substance use, sexual behaviors, nutrition, experiences of violence and more.

How do students take the survey?

  • Check your UMail. Students who were selected to complete the NCHA received the initial unique link on Feb. 16, 2021. A reminder email was sent on Feb. 22. Two more reminder emails will be sent on Feb. 26 and March 7.
  • The survey will be available until Monday, March 8.
  • It takes about 20 minutes to complete.
  • All responses are anonymous and confidential.
  • Those who successfully complete the survey will be automatically entered to win a range of prizes including $50 gift cards, DoorDash vouchers and more.

“Nearly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students have been chosen at random to complete this survey. Consider it an honor,” said Jenna Templeton, assistant director of health education, Center for Student Wellness. “Much like voting, taking the National College Health Assessment is a chance to add your voice to the conversation around student health and wellness. And when you raise your voice about these issues, you elevate the health of our campus.”

Why your voice matters

We use this survey to determine areas for improvement in the work we do and the services we provide. These results identify areas of improvement for our current programs and help us develop future services, tailored to promote student success. Programs that have come to fruition as a result of past NCHA data include our Stress Care workshop, Wellness Coaching services and offerings of Safer Sex Supplies.

Your responses matter.

“Data is how we begin to understand the student experience, learn about health, wellness and safety concerns, identify gaps in our services and resources, and develop programming to better serve you,” said Templeton.

“While survey data looks like numbers and graphs, it represents something much more personal and compelling,” Templeton said. “Data tells us the story of who you are as a community, what you’re experiencing and what you might need from us. Without responses directly from you, our office would be flying blind. We would be forced to make assumptions about your experience and what you need from us. And that just makes zero sense.”

For more information, follow the Center for Student Wellness on social media @uofuwellness. If you have any questions, email us at