As a new student at Occidental, your health and well-being is of utmost importance to us.

Our goal is to ensure that every student has access to culturally sensitive and high-quality medical care, psychological counseling services, and student-driven wellness education. On campus, these services are available through the Emmons Wellness Center.

In preparation for your arrival, we want to make sure you have access to health and wellness resources both on-campus and locally. To do this, we need some important health and insurance information. Please read below for instructions on submitting this information.

Health Insurance/Health Insurance Waiver

All students must have health insurance through an Affordable Care Act-approved health insurance plan. There are two options for health care insurance: 1) enroll in the College’s student health insurance plan or 2) secure your own health insurance and request a waiver.

The deadline to opt in or submit your health insurance waiver is August 20. If you do not actively opt out, you are automatically enrolled in the Oxy Student Health Insurance Plan (OSHIP) and the full amount will be billed to your student account.

Option 1: Oxy Student Health Insurance Plan

The Oxy Student Health Insurance Plan (OSHIP) is a full-service preferred provider organization (PPO) plan through Aetna Student Health that covers primary, specialist, urgent, emergency, pharmaceutical, and behavioral health care locally, nationally, and internationally. There are no breaks in coverage, so you will be covered while on winter and summer breaks. Please be aware: OSHIP is a medical-only plan; dental and vision are only covered as a pediatric benefit. Once a student turns 19 years of age or older, they will no longer have dental or vision benefits under the plan.

Student Health Insurance Plan Summary 

Cost $3,241 per year $1,620.50 per semester
Coverage Dates Fall: Aug. 1 - Dec. 31, 2024 Spring: Jan. 1 - July 31, 2025
Plan Details

PPO plan covers primary, preventive, pharmacy, mental health, inpatient, urgent, and emergency care.

Wellness Center

Insured may utilize Emmons Wellness Center on campus for a $10 copay, $0 deductible, and 100% coverage

National Coverage

Insured may utilize outside providers for a $25 copay, $150 deductible, and 80% coverage



Click on the button below if you would like to purchase OSHIP. Once you enroll in OSHIP, you will be able to access and print your health insurance card within 10 business days.

Opt into OSHIP


Option 2: Private Health Insurance

If you would like to secure your own health insurance that meets Affordable Care Act approval, you may waive the Oxy Student Health Insurance Plan by filling out an online waiver and providing proof of active health insurance. 

Request Insurance Waiver


Additional Health Documents

In addition to selecting a health insurance plan, Emmons requires new students to submit these additional health forms by August 1:

  • Financial Responsibility and Consent to Treatment
    • This must be signed by the student and parent/guardian.
  • Personal Health History
    • This can be completed fully online through the myOxy portal–you do not need to upload a copy.
  • Immunization Record
    • This document must be signed by a physician, be an official printout from a state record agency, yellow vaccination card, or an immunization record on official letterhead from a hospital, facility, or doctor’s office.
  • Physical Exam
    • This form is only required of individuals who live on campus and fall into select categories. Please see the form for more details.

All of these forms can be accessed through the Oxy health portal. You will need your myOxy portal login to access the forms. New student health forms, except for the personal health history, must either be printed, signed, uploaded, or completed electronically.

Go to Oxy Health Portal


Please keep in mind that all forms are manually reviewed by our medical providers before any holds can be removed. Please allow our medical providers 5-7 business days to process any clearance forms.


Visit the Emmons Wellness Center webpage for additional information about the insurance waiver and health forms or contact us at and we will get back to you within two to three business days.

Office of Admission
Collins House

1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041