For parents of CURRENT students:
You can 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:
The university supports students' well-being in many ways.
To help students transition to campus, they receive an email with information about health and wellness, typically before they arrive. Undergraduates also receive information about using health care services and other important topics at orientation.
You may wish to read the appropriate webpage for your new student:
Parents are a primary source of health information and support for students, so this page offers suggestions for how you can help your student make a healthy transition to college.
On this page:
- Submit this information
- Health care at the university
- Health examination, immunization and health history
- Health care and health insurance
- Help your student practice decision-making skills
- Campus resources
- Contact us
- See also
- Immunization Records -- All new students (or their parent/guardian) should submit their immunization records, which may be used to provide health care for students
- Parent / Guardian Consent for a Minor to Receive Health Care Services -- Only for students under age 18; a parent or guardian should complete this form
University Health Service (UHS) can provide most of your student's health care while they are at the university. Students pay a mandatory health service fee (included as part of tuition) that covers many services. For who and what is covered, see Free or Fees for Students.
UHS provides services for non-urgent and urgent health care concerns. Language interpretation is available. To learn more about health care on campus, see How to Get Health Care.
You may arrange for a physical exam with your student's home health care provider (recommended by not required). At that visit, your student can update immunizations.
Immunizations are recommended to protect your student's health and the health of others, but they are not required by the university or the government. We encourage your student to come to college fully immunized. See recommendations at Immunization Records and in particular note:
- Meningitis is a serious and potentially fatal illness that immunization can help prevent
- The US is experiencing multiple measles outbreaks (links to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) ---
If your student is unsure of their immunization status, they may check with their health care provider before coming to campus. They can also get immunizations at UHS for a fee, which may be covered by your health insurance.
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:
- You may wish to facilitate obtaining 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
If your student takes prescription medication:
- Please arrange for prescription renewals and/or a supply of medications to bring to school. Keep all medications in original containers.
- If you have a prescription from your home pharmacy, you may be able to transfer it to a local pharmacy in Ann Arbor, such as the UHS Pharmacy.
- UHS may be an option for renewing prescriptions. See How to Get Prescription Medications. If you take medications for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learn about prescriptions at ADHD.
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, you can 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.
Your student should have health insurance to cover:
- Services received at UHS that are not covered by the health service fee (e.g. medication, testing, immunizations)
- Services received outside UHS (e.g. emergency room visits, hospitalization)
If your student will use your health insurance, contact your health insurance company and:
- Inform them that your student will be away at college.
- Inquire about coverage in the Ann Arbor area, ask whether your plan has network providers here, ask how your student can use your insurance at university.
- Consider requesting an "out-of-area waiver" for your student's time at university.
Talk with your student about using insurance:
- Provide copies of your medical and prescription drug cards (with policy numbers and billing addresses) and encourage your student to carry them. Your student may prefer to take photos of cards, and/or access information about their insurance online.
- Discuss how to use health insurance
If needed, arrange for health insurance. Consider purchasing the U-M Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan, a low-cost voluntary plan for U-M students offered through the university. (International students who are required to have health insurance will get it when they arrive through the U-M International Center Health Insurance Office.)
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
You may wish to provide a Health Care Kit for your student and help them understand when/how to practice self-care and when to get medical advice. I'm Sick. What Should I do? Suggestions for Colds/Flu provides guidance.
U-M offers a wide variety of Well-being Resources. If you would like help learning about U-M well-being resources for your student, you may contact Wolverine Wellness at University Health Service, 734-763-1320 or ContactUHS@umich.edu.
If your student is currently receiving mental health care, or is interested in doing so, please:
- Visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website for recommendations for transferring care to providers at U-M or other providers in Ann Arbor
- Learn about Mental Health Services at UHS
- See CampusMindworks, a U-M website that supports students with mental health disorders
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.
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.
- College Prep, This Time for Health, a well-written article from the New York Times
- 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