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Health Data on Students

Student Health and Counseling Services is actively engaged in addressing the health concerns of Cal Poly Pomona students through clinical services, disease prevention and health promotion programming. Underlying these service activities is the collection of information on the health problems, behaviors, and perceptions of students.

National College Health Assessment (NCHA)

The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) was developed by the American College Health Association as part of a national effort to assess factors impacting academic performance, retention, and campus life. The survey is administered to college students across the nation and our results can then be compared to the national data.The most recent NCHA survey was administered to a random sample of 7300 students beginning April 30, 2013. The survey is administered every 3 years.

2007 Executive Summary | 2010 Executive Summary | 2013 Executive Summary

Some of the significant findings of the NCHA are:

  • Mental health issues such as stress, computer useage and games, sleep difficulties, relationship difficulties, and depression have the most significant impact on academic performance.
  • Cold, flu, and sore throat, frequent reasons for visits to the Student Health Services, are the second most common causes of poor academic performance among all college students.
  • The use of alcohol causes a negative impact on academic performance, even though alcohol use by Cal Poly Pomona students is lower than the national sample.
  • Sexually active Cal Poly Pomona students are almost twice as likely as the national sample to not use contraceptive methods.
  • Cal Poly Pomona students experienced some symptoms of depression, including serious consideration of attempting suicide more than the national sample.
  • Cal Poly Pomona students tend to have more credit card debt than the national sample.
  • Incidents of violence are lower for Cal Poly Pomona students than the national sample.