MADISON, WI - UW-Madison’s University Health Services—known by students as UHS— was named Best Health Service by The Princeton Review for the second consecutive year, beating out 381 other colleges and universities around the country.
The Princeton Review’s survey asked 137,000 students to rate their schools on various topics including academics, administration and the student body. In 2015, the Review had listed UW-Madison as the school with the fifth best health services on campus.
UHS, which is primarily funded by student tuition and the Student Health Fee, was founded in 1910 in response to common infectious disease outbreaks, according to its website. The health service initiated an environmental health program in 1968 and eventually adopted counseling services in 1993. A university news release stated UHS received more than 120,000 student visits in the 2016-17 academic year.
University health officials attributed the accomplishment to the hard work of UHS staff, claiming a healthy environment is key for the success of students.
“We’re honored to be recognized for the outstanding care and services that each UHS staff member provides to students and the campus community,” UW-Madison Chief Health Officer Dr. William Kinsey said in a university statement. “Individual health and wellness, and a safe and inclusive environment play an important role in the academic and personal success of our students.”