Health & Counseling Center

The dedicated staff at the University of Portland's Health and Counseling Center (HCC) help students stay healthy and address their physical and mental health needs while here on campus. They provide confidential medical and mental health services to all full-time and part-time students. Visits with all providers are free, with nominal charges for tangible items such as medications. The HCC is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in Orrico Hall.

Appointment Scheduling

To schedule an appointment, please call the Health and Counseling Center at 503.943.7134 (for fastest service), or email us at hcc@up.edu. Messages are typically responded to within one business day. If you leave a voicemail, please state your name and call back number in your message.

Available Services:

  • General Medical Care, including evaluation and treatment of illness, injury and preventative care (e.g., physical examinations).
  • Laboratory Services.
  • Health and Counseling Consultation Services for students, parents, faculty and staff.
  • Health and Wellness Education to students.
  • Short Term Counseling Services for students (students requesting weekly/ongoing counseling sessions will be assisted with referrals to an off-campus provider).
  • After-Hours Mental Health Consultative and Crisis Support for students, parents, faculty and staff. 
  • After-Hours Nurse Advice Line or a Live Video Visit with a licensed health care provider through the Providence health care system.
  • Referral Services to Community Providers

Chronic Medical/Mental Health Concerns:

  • If a student has a chronic medical or psychiatric condition in which they are seeing a specialist at home, it is highly suggested the student find a specialist in the Portland area to consult with upon arrival to Portland. Scheduling an appointment with a specialist can take 4-6 weeks. We advise scheduling this appointment in advance of arrival on campus. Please contact the Health and Counseling Center for referrals.
  • If a student is on a controlled medicine for a diagnosis (e.g., ADHD, chronic pain), they will need to find a provider in the Portland area to prescribe these medications. The Health and Counseling Center does not prescribe controlled medications.
  • Accessible Education Services (AES) works in partnership with students to facilitate individually-tailored accommodations for students with disabilities including, but not limited to, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, psychiatric disabilities, vision and hearing impairments, and chronic health and mobility impairments. Students who believe they may have a disability should contact AES as early as possible in order to request a reasonable accommodation for a disability. 

Health Insurance:

Health insurance is not required to see a professional at the Health and Counseling Center. However, the University believes that having a health plan that provides for urgent and non-urgent care is vital to the well-being of our students. As such, all full-time undergraduate students are required to carry health insurance. If your personal health insurance does not cover you for non-emergency care in the Portland area, you will automatically be enrolled in the Student Insurance Plan. Benefit details of the Student Health Insurance Plan can be found on the Health and Counseling Center and Student Accounts websites.

Regardless of insurance status, all students are welcome in the Health and Counseling Center.