American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) Spring 2004 Reference Group Data Report (Abridged) Academic Article uri icon


  • Assessing and understanding the health needs and capacities of college students is paramount to creating healthy campus communities. The American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) is a survey instrument developed by the ACHA in 1998 to assist institutions of higher education in achieving this goal. The ACHA-NCHA contains approximately 300 questions assessing student health status and health problems, risk and protective behaviors, access to health information, impediments to academic performance, and perceived norms across a variety of content areas, including injury prevention; personal safety and violence; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; sexual health; weight, nutrition, and exercise; and mental health. Twice a year, the ACHA compiles aggregate data from participating institutions in a reference group report for data comparison. Results from the Spring 2004 Reference Group (N = 47,202) are presented in this article.


  • Orr, D
  • Ketcham, P
  • Bloomer, B
  • Buhi, E
  • Carnevale, F
  • Fabiano, P
  • Farley, D
  • Franklin, A
  • Haines, M
  • Haubenreiser, J
  • Lubin, P
  • Mart, S
  • Martinez, A
  • Hoban, M
  • Leino, EV

publication date

  • January 2006