For parents of CURRENT students:
Find out why UHS is one of your student's best campus resources at:
- How to Get Health Care provides options for non-urgent, urgent and emergency health needs
- What is UHS? describes services available to students
- Free or Fees for Students explains how costs work
For parents of NEW students:
Parents are a primary source of health information for students. Here's how you can help your student make a healthy transition to college.
On this page:
- Complete and submit these forms
- Health examination, immunization and health history
- Health care and health insurance
- Help your student practice decision-making skills
- Wellness services
- Mental health services
- Collegiate Recovery Program
- Students with disabilities
- U-M is smoke-free
- Provide a health care kit
- For more information
- Immunization Form -- New students (or their parents) should complete this online form, preferably at least 30 days before classes start.
- Consent to Treatment Form (PDF) -- Only for students under the age of 18; a parent or guardian should complete this form; use free Adobe Acrobat Reader
You may arrange for a physical exam with your student's home health care provider. At that visit, update immunizations, e.g. meningitis, HPV, flu and more (see recommendations). Students can also get immunizations at UHS for a fee.
Make sure your student knows their health history, including current medications and any allergies to medications, foods, etc.
If your student has a complex health history:
- Obtain a summary letter from your student's physician
- Encourage your student to schedule an introductory appointment with a UHS physician early in their first term and deliver the letter at the visit (don't send it in advance)
- See also Resources for Students with Chronic Health Conditions
Arrange for prescription renewals and/or a supply of medications to bring to school. Keep all medications in original containers.
Contact the UHS Pharmacy (734-764-7387) about transferring prescriptions, if desired. We want to be your pharmacy of choice!
If your student wears glasses or contact lenses, send a current prescription with them, in case a replacement is needed. Eye exams, contact lenses and glasses are available for a fee at the UHS Eye Care Clinic and Optical Shop.
If your student receives allergy shots and wants to continue shots at UHS, arrange for a supply of antigen from their home allergist for delivery. UHS reviews and approves all treatment programs. For more information, call 734-764-8320 or see Allergy Shots.
Know how health care works on campus. UHS provides most services at no or low cost. Payment for health care outside UHS (including hospital emergency room visits) is your student's responsibility. This is why students should have health insurance.
Inform your health insurance company that your student will be away at college, and inquire about coverage in the Ann Arbor area. Ask whether your plan has network providers here. Consider requesting an "out-of-area waiver" for your student's time at university.
Provide copies of your medical and prescription drug cards (with policy numbers and billing addresses) and encourage your student to carry them.
Arrange for health insurance if needed. Consider purchasing the U-M Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan, a low-cost plan with comprehensive benefits offered through the university, specifically for U-M students. (International students who are required to have health insurance will get it when they arrive through the U-M International Center Health Insurance Office.)
Discuss how to use health insurance with your student.
Talk with your student about decisions they are likely to encounter in college such as alcohol and other drug use, getting enough sleep, managing time, handling stress, exercising, eating, sexual behavior, hygiene (e.g., hand washing, covering coughs), and being financially responsible. Research shows that Parents Can Influence Kids' Drinking in College.
- Help your student practice making important choices before leaving for college.
- Tell your student what you expect.
- Offer non-judgmental listening and let your student know you're available.
The Collegiate Recovery Program provides a supportive community where students in recovery can achieve academic success while enjoying a genuine college experience, free from alcohol and other drugs. If your student is in recovery or is curious about recovery, please contact us.
If your student is currently receiving mental health care, visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website for recommendations for transferring care to providers at U-M or other providers in the Ann Arbor area.
See also CampusMindworks, a U-M program that supports students with mental health disorders.
For info about getting a prescription for ADD/ADHD medication, see Prescriptions above.
You may want to read Good Mental Health Away From Home Starts Before College from the Wall Street Journal.
Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations or services should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office (phone 734-763-3000). Students wishing to receive services must register with this office. Disabilities include chronic health or mental health conditions, learning disorders as well as visual, hearing and mobility impairments.
U-M is a smoke-free campus that offers support for quitting tobacco. Learn more at Smoke-Free University Initative.
We recommend that you provide a Health Care Kit to your student.
- Call 734-764-8320 ext 2
- Email ContactUHS@umich.edu
- Complete an online Questions and Comments Form
- See also this well-written article from NYTimes.com: College Prep, This Time for Health
- The U-M Parents Website offers important information and resources related to campus life.
- The Family Matters newsletter helps families stay informed.
- Communication with Parents/Family regarding Alcohol and Other Drug Harm describes the process and offers tips