Health and wellness are the foundation of student success at BU and beyond. Student Health Services is committed to compassionate care to support students’ growth and lifelong health and wellness.

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Note: The term “parent” is used throughout this page to include caregivers, family members and other trusted adults involved in the lives of BU students.

About Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) is an integrated health center that is committed to the health and wellness of BU students. Our mission is to promote wellness, preserve health, and enable academic achievement for BU students by:

  • Providing high-quality integrated clinical services
  • Collaborating on prevention strategies specific to our students
  • Partnering with our community on educational services and advocacy

Like all medical practices, SHS providers protect the confidentiality of students’ medical care and medical records. Students aged 18 and older make their own decisions about their healthcare and can choose whether they want to share their health information with parents or others.

Important Information for New Students

All new BU students are required to provide information required to comply with state and federal laws, meet public health guidelines, and support their health care during their time at BU.

Incoming Health Requirements

All new students are required to provide certain health information, immunization records, and complete online training before starting at BU.

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Health Insurance

All students are required to have health insurance coverage while attending BU. First-year students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). If a student has other insurance coverage options available to them, they can opt-out of SHIP.

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Find up-to-date information about Boston University’s protocols and policy as the COVID-19 situation changes.

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Other Healthcare Resources

SHS collaborates with departments across BU to provide care to students. Learn more about the other departments that keep students healthy on campus.

Emergency & Safety Resources

SHS works closely with a number of departments, including the BU Police Department, to respond to and manage emergencies quickly and effectively. Learn more about emergency services at BU.


Supporting your Student’s Health and Wellness

Parents play an integral role in supporting student health and wellness. We recognize that having conversations with your student about topics like alcohol and other drugs, mental health, and sexual misconduct, can be challenging for both you and your student. However, talking with your student about their experiences and expectations before their time at BU is a powerful and important tool to help them make healthier decisions.