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University of Minnesota releases first ever comprehensive report of the health of college students
Date:11/15/2007

Students in the 18- to-24-year-old range tend to have insurance, but students who are 25 to 29-years-old are less likely to have insurance.

We have a fairly low uninsured rate here in the University of Minnesota system where students are required to carry insurance. The higher uninsured rate throughout the rest of the schools makes the argument that a requirement for insurance coverage is a good thing for schools and for students, Ehlinger said.

The students who have insurance are more likely to go in for preventive health services and have fewer sick days.

College students use health services on campus and in communities and when it comes to mental health services, students seek out assistance on campus. That tells us that colleges really do need to invest in on campus support services.

Financial health

Of students surveyed, 33.4 percent of them report carrying some level of credit card debt over the past month and 57.8 percent report the debt as $1,000 or more. On the U of M, Twin Cities campus, 29 percent of students report carrying some level of credit card debt and 59.9 percent report the debt as $1,000 per month or more.

Students with greater than $1,000 of credit card debt tend to have higher rates of depression and have lower grade point averages, Ehlinger said.

Alcohol

Alcohol use continues to be a concern for universities and colleges. Among students surveyed, 70.5 percent report using alcohol in the last 30 days and 37.1 percent report engaging in high-risk drinking within the past two weeks. At the U of M, Twin Cities, 74.3 percent report using alcohol in the last 30 days and 36.5 percent report engaging in high-risk drinking. Illicit drug use among those surveyed is low with 6.8 percent reporting they had used illicit drugs. On the Twin Cities campus, 7.1 percent report using illicit drugs.

Sexual violence

More than one in five or 22.4 percent of female st
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Contact: Patty Mattern
matte016@umn.edu
612-624-2801
University of Minnesota
Source:Eurekalert

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