Syracuse University

Syracuse University

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY


The mission of Syracuse University Department of Recreation Services is to engage the university community in developing healthy lifestyle choices by enhancing learning opportunities and personal growth through the execution of quality recreation programs and services that support and promote the highest levels of citizenship, diversity, sportsmanship, responsibility, and leadership.


The Syracuse University Department of Recreation Services offers the University community with numerous recreation opportunities in both indoor and outdoor facilities. The main recreation center is housed at Archbold and Flanagan Gymnasiums where one fitness center, four dance studios, basketball and volleyball courts, an indoor ropes course and racquetball and squash courts can be found.  The Women’s Building contains three basketball courts, one dance studio and one swimming pool.  The Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion features a regulation-sized sheet and a smaller studio sheet and is a popular year-round facility.  Additional fitness Centers are located in Ernie Davis and Marion Hall, the Brockway Center, Marshall Square Mall and the Goldstein Fitness Center.  The Outdoor Education Center on south campus compliments the state-of-the-art Challenge Course overlooking the entire region. Additional outdoor facilities include basketball, sand volleyball and tennis courts along with numerous fields for intramural, sport clubs and drop-in recreation activities.


The Department of Recreation Services offers diverse programming areas including intramurals, fitness classes, aquatics, neighborhood youth, wellness, personal training and learn-to-skate.  Our popular outdoor adventure trips include whitewater rafting, ski and snowboard, horseback riding, bobsled and skeleton rides at Lake Placid and cross-country skiing.  Our sport club program provides students with more than forty-five activities. Late Night at the Gym provides a myriad of fun recreation opportunities until 1:00am Wednesday through Saturday.


  • The Department of Recreation Services employees over 300 students in a number of areas including facilities and programs.
  • Thirteen Sport Club teams competed in club national championships.
  • Student organizations, athletic teams and academic and administrative units reserve recreation facilities for one-time and on-going activities. Over 350 reservations take place in all recreation facilities on a weekly basis.
  • Over 511,000 students and University community members utilized recreation facilities.
  • More 52,000 students and University community members participated in eleven programs offered by the Department of Recreation Services.
Emily Harbourne was a previous editor for Campus Rec Magazine.

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