Navigating College

As a college student living with either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, there are many topics that you will need to be aware of before and during the transition to life at your new school.

Preparing for College

While most colleges 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 improve your quality of life during these important years. Learn how you can prepare yourself.


There are several scholarships available for patients with a chronic condition such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Search for current academic scholarships through our Patient Financial Assistance Programs tool.

Healthcare & Insurance

As you begin your new life as a college student, you may need to reevaluate your healthcare and insurance needs. Read about some of our key themes that will help you make a successful transition into this next phase of your life.

Sharing with Friends

Not sure whether you should discuss your medical condition with your new friends? We pulled some helpful information that may aid you in making this decision.


We hope you’ll make the most of your new experience on campus. But we also understand there are some challenges you’ll have to face. Here are some pointers on how to deal with many situations that may arise.

Nutrition & Diet

Although your family won’t be around to cook you delicious meals, you can still eat healthy while living in a dorm or apartment away from home. We list some tasty suggestions about foods you might like to try, as well as what you should avoid during flare-ups.

Disability Support Services

Most schools have a disability policy which we urge you to learn more about before applying. Also, remember that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires public colleges to make reasonable modifications and adaptations for students living with disabilities. Learn more.