Who We Are

Since 1920, the American College Health Association (ACHA) has served as the voice for student health and wellness. Through advocacy, research and education, ACHA stands at the forefront of issues that impact the health and wellness of our college students. ACHA represents over 700 institutions of higher education and the collective health and wellness needs of 20 million college students. ACHA serves over 8,500 individual college health and wellness professionals and leaders of all disciplines united together to advance the health and wellness of college students. Membership in ACHA is your key to unlocking tremendous vision and knowledge that can enrich your campuses’ health and wellness services, your professional development, and efforts toward creating a culture of wellness on your campus.

Our Vision

Health and well-being are foundational to college student success. ACHA's vision is to be the recognized voice of expertise in college health.

Our Mission

To serve as the principal leadership organization for advancing the health of college students and campus communities through advocacy, education, and research. 

ACHA creates and supports an environment where students, faculty, and staff thrive by:

  • Committing to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility and an evolving approach for continued support of DEIJA in college health and well-being.
  • Building greater acceptance and recognition of the critical role of college health and well-being in building healthy campuses.
  • Sharing knowledge between multiple disciplines with a unified focus of advancing the health and well-being of college students and  their communities.
  • Developing  multi-faceted, data-driven, whole-person approaches to holistic campus health and well-being in collaboration with their communities.
  • Focusing on inclusive and evolving research, education, networking, and advocacy to achieve these outcomes.

Strategic Plan

The mission, vision and values set forth above are integral to ACHA’s strategic plan that guides the long term direction of the association. Learn more about who we are by reviewing our strategic plan.