Evaluation of the First University-Wide Health Survey of RWTH Students

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The first university-wide health survey among all RWTH students took place in fall 2021. The Student Health Management (SGM) cooperated with the Chair of Health Psychology of Faculty 7 and Techniker Krankenkasse to learn more about the health behavior and condition of students. The evaluations show that more than one third of the students stated that they were under a lot of psychological stress or strain.


A total of 2900 students at RWTH Aachen University took part in the survey. The aim of the survey was to assess the health status of the students and health-related behaviors. A particular focus is on mental health and the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health. The aim is to identify appropriate and needs-oriented measures to counteract negative developments and to provide support for affected students.

The analyses of the survey show that more than one third of the students reported to be psychologically stressed or strained as well as to have a worsened or problematic sleeping behavior. On average, students also exhibit symptoms of burnout a few times a month and sometimes experience stress. However, students seem to rate their own physical health well and for the most part they pay attention to a balanced diet and exercise. Only during the exam period is less attention paid to sleep, diet and exercise. A large proportion of students are moderately satisfied with their academic performance and on average rather satisfied and secure with their living and housing situation.

The SGM in cooperation with the Chair of Health Psychology and the Techniker Krankenkasse recommend approaching challenges proactively and seeking appropriate support from fellow students or useful offers at RWTH. More offers are available on the health portal of RWTH Aachen University.

More information about the evaluation of the health survey as well as helpful tips can be found on the RWTH website.