Student Wellness Services is committed to supporting the health and emotional well-being of Caltech students. Through individualized treatment planning, consultation, and outreach, we provide direct services and community-level interventions to improve student wellness and allow students to focus on their pursuit of academic success and holistic development. All enrolled students, regardless of insurance coverage, are eligible for basic medical and psychological care, crisis counseling, and occupational therapy at Student Wellness Services, through payment of the health fee. Students who require specialty or longer-term care beyond the scope of what Student Wellness Services provides will be referred to community providers using their health insurance; costs associated with this care are the responsibility of the student.
A full description of the range of services and programs offered by Student Wellness Services can be found at wellness.caltech.edu.
Matriculating students are required to submit entrance health forms that include medical and immunization history. Information regarding immunization requirements and the completion of the health forms are posted on the New and Prospective Student website (wellness.caltech.edu/resources/new-students). Matriculating students will receive access to the Student Health Portal to enable secure online upload of the forms. Health forms must be received no later than July 15, 2022. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a registration hold, and students will be unable to register for winter term classes until clearance is complete.
Per Caltech’s updated vaccination policy, all undergraduate and graduate students who enroll in Caltech's academic program for the 2022–23 Academic Year must submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 by the prescribed deadline. Caltech will require up-to-date (initial vaccine series and booster) immunization against COVID-19, with exemptions considered for medical contraindications only. Students must upload their documentation via the Student Health Portal. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a registration hold, effective immediately: new students will be unable to register for fall term classes, and returning students will be dropped from any registered classes until clearance is complete. Additional information about Caltech’s Vaccination Policy is available at: studentaffairs.caltech.edu/policies/vaccination-policy.
Student Health Insurance
Students have the option to waive the Caltech student insurance plan during the waiver period each year, provided they show proof of adequate alternative coverage. Students will be automatically enrolled in the Caltech plan if a waiver is not submitted. The Caltech Anthem plan provides coverage (with deductible and copay) for most hospital and surgical costs, as well as the cost of outpatient treatment for injury, illness, and psychotherapy. Students must be enrolled in order to maintain eligibility for coverage. Students on an approved medical leave can continue coverage for up to one year; the cost of the plan premiums will be the responsibility of the student. Complete coverage and exclusion details can be found here: benefits.caltech.edu/health/students/medical. If the Caltech plan has been waived, students are advised to ensure that their alternative coverage provides access to medical and mental health providers close to campus.