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Colleges with the Best Rec Centers

Auburn University
Pool at Auburn University

240,000 square feet stocked with fitness equipment, an indoor track, two rock climbing walls, a PGA golf simulator, group fitness studios and multi-purpose indoor courts. Outside they also have a sand volleyball court, tennis courts, a leisure pool, an outdoor track and over 15 acres of open field space.

Purdue University
Purdue rock climbing wall

The Purdue recreation center has two separate aquatic centers set up for competitive diving and swimming, recreational activities, club sports, and even swim lessons in a shallower pool. The health and wellness center features 3 indoor tracks, multiple multi-purpose sports courts, fitness equipment, and a demonstration kitchen.

University of Maine
Maine Bound Outdoor Adventure Trips and Courses program

This impressive rec center has a facility with fitness equipment, group fitness classes, indoor rock climbing and multi-purpose sports courts. There is also a pool and ice skating rink open to the public as well as students. Outside, they have a ropes course and a trail system for hiking and biking. They also offer a Maine Bound Outdoor Adventure Trips and Courses program.

University of North Dakota
UND wellness center

This new facility with a wall of windows offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment, hosts group exercise classes, intramural sports, cooking lessons, a rock climbing wall, personal training, a pool and racquet ball court.

Colorado State University
CSU rec center

This top rec center is fully equipped with a gym, aquatic center, climbing wall, group exercise class studios, sports courts and a track. Outside they have open space fields, a full tennis complex, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, and an inline hockey rink.

University of South Florida
USF outdoor pool

USF has two multi-purpose sport courts, an indoor track, 6 racquet ball courts, an indoor pool, and brand new fitness equipment with group fitness classes available. They also have outdoor fields for student use, a large outdoor pool and lounge, a running trail and a river front park where students can use canoes and kayaks.

University of Texas, Austin
UT Austin climbing wall

Sitting on 40 acres both on and off campus, this rec center offers fitness and gym amenities, personal training, group exercise, intramural sports, adventure trips, gear rentals, safety certifications and swim lessons. They have an indoor exercise facility, a climbing wall, and two large pools.

While there are many other schools out there with great recreation centers and programs, these are the ones that really caught our attention.

Tell us about your schools rec & wellness center!

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Callie Pederson

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Degree in Communication and Creative Writing. Outdoor enthusiast, animal lover, blogger.