Find Local Chapter

Enter your ZIP code below to find information on your local Chapter.

Preparing for College

Going away to college is exciting because of all the new opportunities and changes you will be experiencing, as well as all the new people you will be meeting. But as with any changes in life, there are also challenges. There are some adjustments you’ll need to make such as getting used to being away from your family, friends, and home.

As a student living with Inflammable Bowel Disease (IBD), we understand that you may face additional adjustments, but with the right knowledge, information, and support from the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America as well as other students with IBD, your transition to college life can be smooth and successful.

Most colleges and universities across the country will do their best to work with you and accommodate your special needs. There are many things that you can also do on your own to positively affect your college experience and improve your quality of life during these important years.

Here are some ways you can prepare yourself:

  • After selecting the school you’d like to attend, be sure to file with Disability Support Services (or your school’s equivalent) to make sure your student housing comes with a closely located bathroom.
  • If you’re too far away from home to commute for check-ups, work with your regular gastroenterologist to find another doctor near your school.
  • Get a copy of your medical records for your new doctor if you are changing doctors.
  • Check with your insurance to find doctors and hospitals near your school that are covered.
  • Find out what services (lab, pharmacy, X-ray facilities, etc.) the health clinic at your new school provides as well as its days/hours of operation.
  • Once you arrive on campus, meet with and discuss your health condition with school physicians and let them know of any changes in your health during your time at school.
  • If you take maintenance medications, determine ahead of time where you can fill your prescriptions.
  • While familiarizing yourself with the campus, note the locations of bathroom facilities and find out when they’re open.
  • If you have any diet triggers that limit what you can eat, be sure to consult with the school’s dining services nutritionist.

Remember, that you are not alone. There are other students going to college who also have IBD. You can connect with them through our online community on Facebook to start talking and sharing your own personal stories and tips.