In the 2018 academic year, there were around 22.2 million college or university undergraduate students in the United States. Many college or university students live on their own for the first time in their lives and, although most are young and healthy, they are also exposed to many new health risks.
Such risks come from living in dormitories or close quarters with other students, through the stress of being away from home and the pressure of academic life, or through the use of drugs and alcohol.
As of fall 2018, around 36 percent of college students rated their health as very good, while only 17 percent stated their health was fair or poor. Many colleges and universities provide health services for their students and promote awareness of students’ various health issues.
Some of the most common health topics students receive information on our alcohol and drug use, depression and anxiety, stress reduction, and physical activity.