New Students

New student health care information
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On behalf of the staff at the Hoogenboom Health Center, welcome to Calvin College. As you can imagine, we hope that your years here are healthy ones.

All students, regardless of insurance, are invited to use Health Services as their source of primary care while at college. You may consider us your medical “home away from home.” Besides customary services for gynecologic care, health maintenance exams, and the treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, we also provide allergy injections, full vaccination services, and up-to-date guidance for studying abroad.

As a new student to our campus, there are health requirements that must be met to ensure that our campus remains healthy. All health requirements must be submitted to Health Services via our secure Patient Portal, and all requirements must be met before 5:00 p.m. on September 30th. If you are not compliant by the deadline, you will be charged a $25 non-refundable fee and your registration account will be put on hold. Students who remain non-compliant after 5:00 p.m. on October 20th will be assessed an additional $25 non-refundable fee.

Health Services requires incoming students to input their health information, including uploading an updated copy of official immunization records, into our secure student portal. Students can access this site by going to the Secure Patient Portal. Log-in using your Calvin username and passphrase.

If you have any problems with the Patient Portal, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Health Services.

These requirements include:

Health history

We require all new students to answer a few questions regarding their health history, including past surgeries, family history and allergies. This form assists our staff in knowing health conditions that the student has had, or is currently dealing with, so that proactive health care may be given. A physician’s signature is not required for this document.

Authorization to treat

All minors are asked to have a parent or guardian print and sign this form, granting permission for one of our providers to treat you, should you decide to see us for a medical need.

Tuberculosis self-screening

This screening form will identify students who are at high risk for Tuberculosis (TB). A TB test is required for students who meet certain criteria, such as international students, those who have traveled abroad, or students who have worked in a high-risk setting. To fulfill this requirement, students may submit proof of a skin test or blood tests, including QuantiFERON® TB Gold or T-Spot® TB.

Insurance information

All students are required by the college to have health insurance, either under a parent’s plan, purchased independently, or with the United HealthCare Student Plan, Calvin College’s student health insurance plan. All new students must submit a copy of their health insurance card as proof of insurance.

We highly recommend consulting with your insurance carrier before waiving the United HealthCare Student Plan to fully understand your plan’s limitations while attending college. Remember to bring your insurance card with you to campus. For more information, please visit our Insurance pages.

Immunization history

A hard copy of the student's vaccination record, signed by a health care provider, is required for all incoming students. Vaccination records can be uploaded from the Patient Portal, or they may be mailed or faxed to Health Services.

Please visit our Immunizations page, or the Patient Portal, for a full list of what vaccinations are required for incoming students.

A physical examination is not required, however if you plan to participate in varsity athletics, please contact the Kinesiology department for guidelines and requirements for sports physicals. Please note that if you are a student-athlete, your athletics physical will not be accepted in lieu of the required forms listed above.

Best wishes for a successful and healthy experience at Calvin College.