National College Health Assessment

What is NCHA?

The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) is a national research survey conducted by the American College Health Association that helps colleges in collecting data about their students' habits, behaviors, and perceptions on a variety of health topics. 

Questions on the NCHA survey cover the following topics:

  • demographics/personal profile
  • alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use
  • sexual health
  • nutrition, and exercise
  • mental health
  • personal safety and violence

Is the survey confidential?

YES! Participation is voluntary and confidential. The results of the survey will be reported in aggregate form only, and students will not be identified.

Why is it important that I fill out the survey?

The information collected helps Amherst College learn more about student health and wellbeing and your expectations of, and reactions to, health-related programs and services. The results allow us to compare the Amherst student experience with the experiences of students at other schools. It helps us identitfy what is working and what we need to do better

How long will it take to complete?

Most students complete the survey in 20-30 minutes.

How long will the survey be open?

Monday, November 25this the last day to complete the survey.

We encourage you to complete it as soon as you receive it.


I checked my email and I didn’t receive a survey.

  • Search your Amherst College email for “ACHA-NCHA”.
  • Do you have filters set up for your incoming email? If yes, check all the places (inboxes, folders) the email may have been sorted. For example, in Outlook, some folks have a “Focused” inbox and an “Other” inbox. Check both.
  • If, after checking all the above, you believe you should have received a survey and did not, email Amanda Collings Vann at

 Where can I get more information?

Visit the NCHA website for more information about the surveys.

Questions regarding the survey should be directed to Amanda Collings Vann, Director of Health Education at


The mission of the Health Education Department is to support student academic success through policy development, provision of educational materials, individual consultation, and other educational experiences related to the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of students.   Health Education strives to foster the students’ ability to achieve a balanced, self-aware, state of health-enhancing full engagement in their academic experience.  We take a broad view of health education and incorporate the dynamics of a diverse community and address intersections of identity including gender, race, class, and sexual orientation.  This involves collaborating with a variety of departments to enhance student experiences on campus in shaping their education beyond the curriculum.  We utilize public health and student development theories, review evidence-based and best practices approaches when designing programs and address multiple tiers of prevention from primary to tertiary.

We strive to fulfill this mission by:

  • Advocating for policy and environmental changes that support the health of the campus community.
  • Educating and empowering students to make intentional healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Collaborating with staff and students to provide opportunities for leadership and activism.
  • Conducting regular assessments of student health behaviors and perceptions.
  • Providing training and education for student leaders.
  • Creating and distributing information on a wide variety of physical and emotional health topics.
  • Offering confidential individual consultation/counseling and referral services.
  • Responding to requests for consultation by faculty, coaches and other staff members.
  • Guest lecture in academic classes upon request.
  • Developing, maintaining and enhancing collaborative relationships within the 5 colleges and local community.