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Boettcher Health Center

Student Health Center: 719-389-6384

Colorado College proudly partners with DaVita Medical Group formerly CSHP to provide health services to students on campus through the Student Health Center.  The College has made health services available to students since the Center’s opening in 1963 and continues its commitment to delivering a wide array of programs to augment “life at CC”. 

The college and the health professionals with whom we partner are committed to supporting Colorado College students’ health with an understanding that healthy students are best equipped to fully engage the educational opportunities available through Colorado College curriculum and programs. We are also committed to educating our students on how to become savvy and informed users of healthcare for a life time.

Counseling Center and Psychological Services
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Colorado College Counseling and Psychological Services remains a program operated by the college and directed by Dr. Bill Dove.  Our PhD-level psychologists work in supporting and addressing the mental health needs of our students.  Counseling and Psychological Services can be reached at 719-389-6093 and are located in the Boettcher Health Center Building.

Welcome to Colorado:
What You Need to Know About Altitude Sickness

As you settle in to Colorado Springs, keep in mind that the elevation of the city and surrounding parks are 6,035+ ft above sea level, and may be much higher than you're used to.

At these high altitudes, your body takes in less oxygen due to the decrease in air pressure, which can cause altitude sickness.

You may experience the following symptoms, usually within the first 48 hours of arriving in Colorado:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lack of appetite, nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Difficulty sleeping

The best way to prevent altitude sickness is to plan ahead when traveling to higher elevations and go slowly. For example, if you are driving to Estes Park from sea level, you might want to consider spending a night or two in Denver. Once you arrive, you should plan on avoiding exertion for the first day or two. Consider waiting until later in your trip to drive over Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park (which has a high point of 12,183 ft.), or climb to any of the mountain peaks.

Altitude sickness can affect anyone, even pets. Allow yourself to rest, and be sure to drink plenty of water, as high altitudes increase chances of dehydration. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol. Mild analgesics, such as Tylenol, can also help. Altitude sickness will usually subside within a few hours, and mostly disappear within a day or so. It's important to pay attention to your body, and don't overdo it.

Adapted from Estes Park's article on altitude sickness at

Traveling Abroad Next Semester?
Make Sure Your Vaccinations Are Up To Date!

DaVita Medical Group offers Travel Medicine at their Urgent Care Clinic on Union & Fillmore every Tuesday. Call 719-636-2999 to schedule your appointment today.