The American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) is a nationally recognized research survey that assists institutions of higher education in collecting precise data about student health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. College students are a diverse yet distinct population with specific health risks and needs. Having current, relevant data about BSU student health is used to enhance campus wide health promotion and prevention services.
The ACHA-NCHA is conducted every two years at Ball State. Please click the link for a summary of the results:
Some important findings to note:
• Perception is not the reality at Ball State. BSU students perceive that their fellow peers are using harmful substances at a much higher rate than they actually are. This includes alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, hookah, and smokeless tobacco.
• BSU students use a designated driver and eat before and/or during drinking at rates higher than the national average. For more information regarding partying smart, please visit: Party Smart BSU
• Ball State students have a greater number of sexual partners than the national average. The higher your number of sexual partners, the greater your risk for STI transmission. To view a Sexual Exposure Chart, please click here: http://prabilene.com/exposure.html
• BSU students are having more sex, but BSU students report using protection at a higher rate than the national average. Five free condoms and one free dental dam a day are available in the Office of Health, Alcohol and Drug Education (2nd floor of the Student Health Center).
• Ball State students report using a method to prevent pregnancy the last time they had vaginal intercourse at a higher rate than the national average. Several forms of contraception are available by prescription in the Women’s Center.
• Our student population reports not getting enough sleep to feel rested; feeling tired, dragged out, or sleepy during the day; and having an extremely hard time falling asleep at rates higher than the national average. Find sleep hygiene information at the National Sleep Foundation: http://www.sleepfoundation.org/.
American College Health Association. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment II: Ball State University Data Report Spring 2011. Hanover, MD: American College Health Association; 2011.
American College Health Association. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment II: Reference Group Data Report Spring 2011. Hanover, MD: American College Health Association; 2011.