Colorado State University

Colorado State University

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO


Colorado State University Campus Recreation actively promotes the pursuit of a balanced, healthy lifestyle to a diverse university community.Campus Recreation strives to be a benchmark recreational program by:

  • providing diverse programs, quality venues, experiential learning, co-curricular opportunities, and exceptional service through the development of self and encouragement of social responsibility that fosters positive contributors to the university and global community
  • through demonstration of respect for talents, abilities, cultures, and shared ideas
  • by providing a healthy, progressive, and safe environment that nurtures positive behaviors through intentional planning that promotes development and leadership opportunities
  • by initiating and participating in collaborative efforts that enhance the stewardship of resources



The Student Recreation Center at Colorado State University, awarded NIRSA’s Outstanding Sports Facility in 2012, underwent a major renovation and reopened in 2010. Key features of the facility include flexible fitness studios, a mat room, cycling studio, 1/8th mile indoor track, two stories of fitness and weight equipment, a four court gym, multipurpose activity gym, a two-tower climbing wall and bouldering cave, and the Aquatic Center which houses a rock wall, current channel, four lap lanes, a recreation area, 40-person spa, sauna, and steam room. During the renovation, careful considerations were made to ensure that the facility was as inclusive as possible, which resulted in the addition of gender inclusive restrooms throughout the building, as well as gender inclusive changing rooms. Finally, the Student Recreation Center is home to the largest solar panel installation on Colorado State University’s campus.

The outdoor facility spaces include five sand volleyball courts, three basketball courts, an inline hockey rink, and thirteen outdoor recreation fields.


Campus Recreation encompasses a variety of program areas including Aquatics, Fitness, Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, the Outdoor Program, and the Student Recreation Center itself. The services and events offered through each of these programs spans a wide variety of recreation opportunities from yoga classes, personal training sessions, and swim lessons, to backpacking trips, intramural competitions, drop-in sports, and massage therapy. In addition to program-specific opportunities, Campus Recreation hosts additional events such as Night @ the Rec, a welcome event for incoming freshman which hosts over 3,500 students each year.

Additional services offered through Campus Recreation include memberships for faculty, staff, and spouses/partners, guest passes, locker and towel rental, a full massage therapy program, outdoor gear rental, and Red Cross certification courses. Campus Recreation is also proud to offer inclusive policies, including an asserted gender policy for all program areas, a non-gendered attire policy, and an open spouse/partner membership policy. In addition to the gender inclusive policies, Campus Recreation partners with CSU’s Commitment to Campus to provide private lactation rooms to nursing mothers on campus.


  • There were a total of 601,358 swipes into our Student Recreation Center in 2015.
  • Over 11,500 indoor basketballs were checked out during the fall 2015 semester.
  • Campus Recreation employs over 300 student staff members.
  • Our Fitness Program meets the needs of students from sole to soul. There are over 30 yoga classes, 20 cycle classes, and 50 group fit classes offered each and every week.
  • We hosted the NIRSA Region V Conference in fall of 2015, which had 239 attendees and raised nearly $9,000 for the regional NIRSA fund.
  • Student Recreation Center members worked out a total of 126,720 minutes with our certified Personal Trainers in 2015. Our Personal Trainers are all current Colorado State University students.
  • We have 30 Sport Club teams with a total of 1,200 participants.
  • Our Outdoor Program hosts 60 events, trips, and clinics each year, including trips like backcountry skiing, ice climbing, hiking, and events like the recent BANFF Mountain Film Festival tour.
  • Over 600 Intramural Championship t-shirts were awarded last year.
  • The Intramural Sports program had 5,800 individual participants in 2015.
  • Our Massage Therapists offer 11 different massage modalities.
Emily Harbourne was a previous editor for Campus Rec Magazine.

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