Type of Program

Universities, colleges, and career technology centers of all sizes are encouraged to apply to become a Certified Healthy Campus. Whether your campus has 100 students and faculty or 25,000, we hope you will apply.

Please note that institutions of higher education may also apply to become a Certified Healthy Business. It would not be unusual for a single entity to be certified as both a healthy business and a healthy campus.


Campuses must be at least SMOKEFREE in order to apply. A campus must be TOBACCO-FREE and submit a copy of their tobacco-free policy in order to receive Excellence.


Applicants select activities and policies that are currently offered by their campus in each of ten criteria categories: (1) Alignment with the Missions of Higher Education; (2) Socioecological-Based Practice; (3) Collaborative Practice; (4) Cultural Competency; (5) Theory and Evidence-Based Practice: Tobacco; (6) Theory and Evidence-Based Practice: Nutrition and Physical Activity; (7) Theory and Evidence-Based Practice: Stress and Mental Health Issues; (8) Theory and Evidence-Based Practice: Alcohol, Drug, and Other Addiction Issues; (9) Theory and Evidence-Based Practice: Prevention and Safety; (10) Continuing Professional Development and Service. There are 82 total criteria, and a total of nine criteria with a possible N/A response, dependent upon campus situation.

Campuses are scored according to type of program, and each criterion selected is worth one point. Certification status is assigned according to the percentage of criteria selected by the applicant in EACH category. As a reminder, a smokefree policy is required for Basic, and a tobacco-free policy submitted with the application is required for Excellence.

Campus Size: Basic Merit Excellence
Public 2-year campus 20% 35% 50%
Private 2-year campus 20% 35% 50%
Career technology center campus 20% 35% 50%
Public 4-year+ campus 30% 45% 60%
Private 4-year+ campus 30% 45% 60%