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Health, Wellness and Recreation

Fun meets fitness at the Rochester Area Family Y where UMR students can work out individually or in group classes, swim, cycle or join an intramural team.

Well-being statement: Well-being is a state where we are flourishing, feel content, connected to purpose, people and community; peaceful and energized; resilient and safe.

Commitment to Well-being: A community of well-being is where students, faculty and staff come together to create and foster a collaborative community that supports the continual development of individuals and the community as a whole.

A healthy campus evokes a positive sense and nurtures a group identity marked by increased engagement, concern for others and a safe space for vulnerability and collaboration.

This intentional effort is campus-wide where all are responsible for conducting ongoing dialogue, generating educational opportunities, embracing diversity and connecting people and resources.

Hospitalization Insurance:
Under 26? You may be eligible for health coverage under your parent's plan

To learn more about if you required to have hospitalization insurance click here.

For benefit information click here.

Enrollment Process:
Students who want to participate in the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan must complete the enrollment process prior to the start of each new term.

Independent health Plan:
Students on their own health plan are not required to purchase the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan. Information on waiving the Student Health Benefit Plan can be found here.

Note: International Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Benefit Plan and are only eligible to waive out of it if enrolled in either the University-sponsored Graduate Assistant Health Plan or a United States-based employer-sponsored group health plan.

Click here for more about the Voluntary Student Dental Plan.

Providing inaccurate or false information may result in unexpected charges. It is also a violation of the Student Conduct Code.

Immunization Clearance:
The University requires all students born after December 31, 1956, who take more than one University class to provide documentation of two immunizations for measles, mumps and rubella; and a tetanus-diphtheria immunization within the last ten years. This documentation must be entered on a Student Immunization Record and must include the month and year each immunization was given. Forms are available at One Stop. Students who graduated from a Minnesota high school in 1997 or later will be exempt from this policy.

Check with your medical or high school immunization records. All students are legally required to provide information on immunizations or exemptions; students who fail to provide the required information will have a hold placed on their records and will not be allowed to enroll for classes.

A free flu clinic comes to UMR in the fall. An email will be sent out with specific dates.

(The law does allow for an exception based on age, or documented medical or conscientious exemptions.) If you need any of the required immunizations, call your family doctor for an appointment.

Self Assessment
The University of Minnesota offers online self assessment for depression, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders and alcohol.  This free screening is made available to all UMN students and is taken anonymously. The screening is provided so that you may find out - in a few minutes - whether or not a professional consultation would be helpful to you. If your score suggests you are likely to need assistance, please call to make an appointment with UMR Counseling Services.

The University of Minnesota Rochester resides entirely within leased spaces that prohibit smoking in all areas of the property. In compliance with building regulations and the University of Minnesota Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus policy, smoking is prohibited in all UMR facilities.

Students needing smoking cessation assistance should contact the UMR Student Health Services at 507-258-8008.

The OMC Skyway Clinic is located on the 2nd floor of 318 Commons and is UMR's Student Health Service. This service is FREE to all students who have paid the UMR Student Services Fee (SSF). UMR students must show a valid student ID Card (UCard) upon arrival in order to ensure access to all student Health Services and avoid any billing, copays or charges.

If you have not been assessed the SSF this semester, you may either be seen as an OMC patient by calling to schedule an appointment as noted below (regular OMC Skyway Clinic charges will apply) or you may opt in to the SSF ($168 per semester) which will be charged to your student account.

Walk-in visits are available for UMR students each weekday from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. daily. For appointments outside the walk-in hours, students must call 507-292-7250 to schedule an appointment.

The UMR Student Health Services can provide:

Testing and Treatment

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Bladder/Urinary Tract Infections
  • Bruises
  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Runny Noses
  • Cold Sores
  • Earaches and Infections
  • Flu Symptoms
  • Insect Bites/ Stings
  • Minor Burns and Rashes
  • Minor Sunburn
  • Mononucleosis
  • Skin Infections
  • Sinus Infections
  • Sore Throat
  • Stitch Removal

Gynecological Services: Pelvic examinations, pap smear testing and screening for vaginal infections.

Initial and Brief counseling and Evaluation for Referral: General health, nutrition, smoking, anxiety, birth control counseling, depression counseling.

Laboratory Testing: Rapid strep, dip urinalysis, mono screen, pregnancy, tuberculosis, pap smear, testing for vaginal infections, screenings for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

Psychological Services: Appointments are available to meet with a licensed psychologist and consult with a psychiatrist, as needed.

Referrals to a primary care provider for preventative health services, or an evaluation of conditions outside the scope of services provided by Student Health Services will be provided when necessary.

The scope of practice of the Student Health Services clinic will exclude dispensing or prescribing narcotics, such as for chronic pain or insomnia.

Prescriptions can be written at the OMC Skyway Clinic, but medications are not available on-site. Prescriptions must be filled elsewhere using insurance or out of pocket payment.

  • Beginning in February, UMR will begin a pilot program with the Y where exercise and weight training equipment will be placed throughout campus so students, staff and faculty can take a quick fitness break. A list of the locations will be provided in a future Raptor Report. 
  • Passes to recreational opportunities - Each student paying the student services fee for spring is eligible to pick up four passes to the following activities. You may mix and match passes: try four different activities or get four passes to the same venue. You may pick up passes at the 318 housing desk and Student Success Engagement and Equity office in U Square beginning February 1. Transportation will be provided on a scheduled basis. 
  • Intramural volleyball and basketball will occur at The Place in February. Look for the sign-up announcement in the Raptor Report. Transportation will be provided.
  • How can I provide feedback and future input on recreational programming?
    You may email if you would like to provide feedback or ideas. Thanks to the student leaders who have provided input so far. We’re grateful and excited to bring your ideas to life!

Intramural sports programs provide students an opportunity to participate in a variety of competitive and recreational sport activities.

To view a listing of UMR’s Intramurals and to create an account, follow the instructions below. All intramural participants are required to create an account on

To create an IMLeagues account:

  1. Go to


  2. Go to and click Create Account


  3. Go to and click “Log in with Facebook” if you have a Facebook account with your school email attached - this will automatically create an account, fill in your info, and join you to the school (steps 2-4)

  4. Enter your information, and use your School email ( and submit.

  5. You will be sent an activation email, click the link in the email to login and activate your IMLeagues account

  6. You should be automatically joined to your school – If not you can search schools by clicking the “Schools” link

How to sign up for an intramural sport:

  1. Log in to your account

  2. Click the Create/Join Team button at the top right of your User Homepage page


  3. Click on the “University of Minnesota Rochester” link to go to your school’s homepage on IMLeagues

  4. The current sports will be displayed, click on the sport you wish to join

  5. Choose the league you wish to play in

  6. Choose the division you’d like to play in (Monday 5PM, Tuesday 5PM, etc.)

  7. You can join the sport one of three ways:

    1. Create a team (For team captains)

      1. Captains can invite members to their team by clicking the “Invite Members” link on the team page. Any invited members must accept the invitation to be joined to your team

        1. If they’ve already registered on IMLeagues: search for their name, and invite them

        2. If they haven’t yet registered on IMLeagues: scroll down to the “Invite by Email Address” box, and input their email address

    2. Join a team

      1. Use the Create/Join Team Button at top right of every page

      2. Accepting a request from the captain to join his team

      3. Finding the team and captain name on division/league page and requesting to join

      4. Going to the captain’s playercard page, viewing his team, and requesting to join

    3. Join as a Free Agent

      1. You can list yourself as a free agent in as many divisions within a league as you’d like. You will be visible to all members of the site and can request to join teams, or post information about yourself so teams can request to add you to their team.

**Note** IMLeagues offers a live support button in the top right corner of all pages, please use this button if you encounter any difficulties.

What will my fitness and recreation options look like for the Spring 2022 semester?
Students will continue to have access to the Y through the month of January with new options to begin February 1 (after the Y facility closes).

  • Classes and fitness activities will begin on campus in February specifically for UMR students, supported by Y staff  (yoga, mediation, treadmills, bikes and more). View the tentative fitness activities schedule. 
  • Intramural volleyball and basketball will occur at The Place in February. Look for the sign-up announcement in the Raptor Report. Transportation will be provided.
  • Access for online Y classes both synchronous and asynchronous. You will be able to continue to access online programming all semester.

    Does my recreation fee stay the same?
    Your $90 semester recreation fee remains in place. We’re thrilled to provide even more value for that fee, with activities informed by student input and available only to the UMR community.

    How do I assure my Y membership is active so I have access to these opportunities?
    Contact the Y at this email address:

    Will I still have access to other YMCA locations?
    Yes, reciprocal memberships with Y facilities at other locations will still be available through spring semester.

    The University of Minnesota and UMR supports mothers by providing dedicated lactation spaces to aid you with breastfeeding. 

    UMR has three dedicated lactation spaces:

    • University Square room 308A   
    • 318 Commons room 208-1  
    • One Discovery Square a publicly accessible room available to visitors and tenants of the building located on the fourth floor, room 420.  

    For further information visit U of M Lactation support.

    Faculty and staff with questions can contact the Office of Human Resources at and students can contact the Director of Health and Wellness at University Square.