There are many individuals and organizations here who are dedicated to you and your health and well-being. The wellness of our community is among the highest priorities for all of us at Columbia. We aim to create a campus culture that values and promotes individual well-being and a healthy community for all of our undergraduates.
Live Well | Learn Well
The health and well-being of our community is among the highest priorities for all of us at Columbia. Through Live Well | Learn Well, we aim to create a campus culture that values and promotes individual well-being and a healthy community for our undergraduates.
There are many individuals and organizations here who are dedicated to you, our student community. On wellbeing.columbia.edu, you will find a catalog of well-being support and services for undergraduate students at Columbia, organized into seven distinct categories.
Maintaining your health and well-being is a shared responsibility, so please reference these resources and ask for help when you need it. We're in this together!
Your first stop for healthcare services is Columbia Health. Services are available virtually and in-person, including routine and urgent medical visits, short-term mental-health counseling, sexual violence prevention and advocacy services and more. Columbia Health also offers educational and skill-based health and wellness programs.
Visit the Columbia Health website to make an appointment or learn about the health programs and services available to you.
Health Insurance Requirement
All full-time students without an approved waiver and all international students without an approved exception are automatically enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan (the Columbia Plan). The Columbia Plan provides coverage that complements the services provided by Columbia Health. Confirmation, eligible dependent enrollment, and waiver/exception requests are due on September 30. Students are encouraged to submit requests at least two weeks before the deadline. All requests are considered, but approval is not guaranteed. Columbia University is pleased to offer voluntary dental and vision insurance. For complete information about health insurance, dental, and vision plan benefits, dependent enrollment, waivers (domestic students), exceptions (international students), and other related information, visit the Columbia Health website.
Medical Services provides routine and urgent medical care, travel medicine, immunizations, as well as sexual health services, reproductive and gynecological services, LGBTQ health care, and confidential HIV testing.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services offers short-term individual counseling, referrals for longer-term therapy, consultations for couples, student-life support groups, medication consultation, and emergency consultation.Disability Services
Disability Services facilitates access for students with all types of disabilities by coordinating reasonable accommodations that facilitate access to Columbia's academic programs, campus resources, and activities. Students must register with Disability Services to receive accommodations and support services.
Sexual Violence Response
Sexual Violence Response provides trauma-informed, confidential support and prevention programs focused on ending gender and power-based violence. Services include prevention-focused training and education programs, crisis counseling/intervention, advocacy, connection to resources, online orders of protection, and accompaniment for survivors and co-survivors of violence.
Alice! Health Promotion
Alice! Health Promotion provides one-on-one health education appointments, group workshops, short-term substance abuse intervention (BASICS), support for stress, sleep, time management, birth control, alcohol and drugs, and more to prioritize well-being and enhance capacity within a campus community where students can thrive. GHAP (Gay Health Advocacy Project) offers HIV test counseling and treatment management, PrEP and PEP consultations, STI testing information, birth control education, and individual and group support by peers and professional staff to students of all genders and orientations.
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Sports and Fitness
Physical Education and Recreation
The Physical Education and Recreation Program (PEREC) offers a comprehensive recreation and wellness program, including intramurals, 36 student-run club sports, group and personal fitness classes, and a diverse physical education program. This is an excellent place to start if you are mapping out your fitness goals as an incoming student.
Dodge Fitness Center
The Dodge Fitness Center (DFC) is your all-in-one campus fitness and athletic facility. It features three levels of cardio and strength training equipment, The Blue Gym, a functional fitness center, a running track, Uris Pool, aerobics rooms, squash courts and more. Most Columbia College and Columbia Engineering undergraduates who are living in residence halls have automatic memberships to the DFC. Visit the DFC FAQs page to learn more about memberships and requirements to enter the building.
Club Sports and Intramurals
Columbia is home to 36 student-run recreational sports organizations (club sports). From Aikido and Ballroom Dance to Water Polo, Whitewater Kayaking and Ultimate, there is a club for almost any activity you can imagine. Clubs are organized on recreational, instructional and competitive levels, and their activities range from informal play to regular practice to intercollegiate and tournament competition. All Columbia University students who possess a valid Dodge Fitness Center membership may join Club Sports. Some clubs have instruction or coaching available, and are funded in part by the Club Sports program and club membership dues.