National College Health Assessment

What is the National College Health Assessment (NCHA)?

The NCHA is a national study that Seattle U participates in every 2 years to assess the state of student health on campus.

What is the role of the American College Health Association (ACHA)?

The NCHA is sponsored and distributed by the American College Health Association in partnership with Seattle University.

When was the most recent study at SU?

The 2017 NCHA ran January 14 to February 17.

Who can participate in the study?

Randomly selected students who are invited to participate via Seattle U email

How are participants selected?

Seattle U's office of Institutional Research identifies a representative subset (approximately 3000 students) of the total undergraduate, graduate, and law student population that reflects the actual diversity of the student population with regard to race, age (18+), gender, and academic year. 

How long does the assessment take to complete?

The online survey typically takes about 20-30 minutes to complete and you're encouraged to complete it in one sitting.

Is participation voluntary?

Yes, participation is completely voluntary.

Can I skip specific questions?

Yes, you may answer only some questions, or you may choose not to participate in the survey at all.

How is my privacy maintained?

To ensure confidentiality, e-mail addresses are destroyed by ACHA before data are compiled and shared with Seattle University.  The raw data file will not contain any unique identifiers.  If you feel that answering specific demographic questions might reveal your identity, you may leave them blank.

How is the data used?

NCHA data can be found throughout many of our prevention strategies and educational outreach programs. Seattle University also uses the results of this study to inform priorities and funding.

What are the incentives for participating?

In 2017 the following prizes were awarded to randomly selected participants.

  • Grand Prize: Apple Watch (or Fitbit)
  • Second Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Third Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Please feel free to contact Ryan Hamachek at (206) 296-2593 with any additional questions.