National College Health Assessment (NCHA II)

The National College Health Assessment II (NCHA-II) is a national research survey organized by the American College Health Association (ACHA) to assist college health service providers, health educators, counselors, and administrators in collecting data about their students' habits, behaviors, and perceptions on the most prevalent health topics. The survey was originally developed and administered in the U.S. before it was adopted in Canada.

ACHA initiated the original NCHA survey in 2000 and the instrument was used nation wide through the spring 2008 data collection period. The NCHA survey now provides the largest known comprehensive data set on the health of college students, providing the college health and higher education fields with a vast spectrum of information on student health. A revised survey, the NCHA-II has been in use since fall 2008.

The survey is administered every three years at the University of Waterloo and is coordinated through Campus Wellness. Waterloo has participated in the survey since 2013.

The following resources are provided below:

  • NCHA-II survey instrument
  • The NCHA-II University of Waterloo Executive summary highlights results for the University of Waterloo for each survey year
  • The NCHA-II Canadian Reference Group Executive summary highlights results for the Canadian Consortium (all participating Canadian institutions) for each survey year.

For more information about the survey or the results, please contact:

Walter Mittelstaedt (Director, Campus Wellness, ext. 33308) or Jennifer McCorriston, (Associate Director, Health Promotion, ext 38044).