Health Care

Unlike several countries, the United States does not provide socialized or national health care. Before you actually need to use the local health care system, it is good to understand it. The U.S. health care system is one of the best (and most expensive) in the world. Most people in the United States have health insurance to minimize the costs.

It is very important that all students, scholars and their families possess and maintain adequate health insurance for the entire time that they are in the U.S. Most of The Claremont Colleges require international students to be enrolled in Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

Check with your college or International Place to see if your college has such a requirement. Note that SHIP does not include coverage for routine dental or vision care (though additional coverage can be purchased through the SHIP provider).

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Health Care On-Campus at The Claremont Colleges

Remember, start your medical care On-Campus at Student Health Services. Their offices can cover most of your needs at low or no cost. If they do need to refer you to an off-campus facility, you will save money throughout the process by using SHS first. Facilities on campus and their services include:

  • Student Health Services
    • General medical visits
    • X-rays, lab services & immunizations
    • Women’s health and family planning
    • Flu clinics
    • STD testing & counseling
  • Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services
    • Individual counseling
    • Groups & workshops
    • Crisis intervention
    • Assistance with learning disabilities and ADHD
  • Health Education Outreach
    • Massage Chair & Relaxation Room
    • Free In-Office Services such as HIV Testing, Condoms & Ear Plugs

Mental Health Care

Watch the following video for information about our mental health care


Immunizations prevent or reduce the likelihood of getting a disease. They should be part of your preventive health care and preparation for travel. Most immunizations are not mandatory for travel, but several vaccines are recommended for general travel or for particular destinations. For more information and for the entrance physical paperwork and vaccine requirements, please check the SHS website:

Websites for On-Campus Resources:

SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan) 


Health Care for Emergencies & Other Off-Campus Options

What to do in an emergency

In cases of serious illness or injuries that need immediate attention:

On Campus Emergency (including the CGU Apartments), contact Campus Safety

  • Campus Safety from an on campus phone: 7-2000 or 1-8170
  • Campus Safety from a mobile phone or off campus phone: 909-607-2000 or 909-621-8170
  • Use an Emergency Phone – Emergency phones are located throughout the campuses for a direct, automatic connection to Campus Safety.
    (Some phones have blue lights and some phones are red or orange in boxes)
  • Off Campus Emergency, dial 911

Off Campus Resources

You might find yourself using Off-Campus resources for a variety of reasons. Off-Campus facilities include:

  • Hospital (including the emergency room)
  • Physician’s office
  • Urgent care center
  • Pharmacy

Hospitals offer comprehensive medical services. Typically, hospitals are used in cases where the patient requires an overnight stay, when a physician refers the patient or schedules a patient for a procedure that requires hospital services, or in the case of a need for emergency room services. Generally, for urgent care that is not immediately life threatening, it is best for patients to use Student Health Services (for students) or an Urgent Care Center (for non students or when SHS is closed) instead of the hospital emergency room. As with choosing a doctor or urgent care center, it is important to always check your insurance plan to determine how your health insurance benefits will be applied to a particular hospital before your visit.

Pharmacies offer prescriptions drugs, non-prescription health products and medications, and other health and wellness services. While prescription drugs require a doctor’s authorization, pharmacists are often able to provide advice about non-prescription remedies for some medical conditions. Student Health Services offers pharmacy services to students. Pharmacies are often located inside or near grocery stores and there are several within easy walking distance of The Claremont Colleges.

Off Campus Resources

List of Local Full-Service Hospitals

List of Local Urgent Care Centers