University of Iowa

University of Iowa

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA


The mission of the University of Iowa Recreational Services is to promote healthy lifestyles to the university community. We accomplish our mission by following these guiding principles: Fun — We believe, first and foremost, recreation should be fun.

Quality of Life — We strive to improve one’s quality of life by teaching and offering lifelong skills that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

Celebrate Differences — We understand that being inclusive to all who wish to participate improves the recreation experience for the whole.

Provide Diverse Options — We are committed to offering a wide range of opportunities to accommodate a variety of interests.

Student Development— We uphold out responsibility to develop students, both as employees and participants, by enhancing their collegiate experiences.

Our Environment — We believe in the importance of providing an atmosphere that is both safe and respectful.

Community Outreach — We acknowledge our role in providing recreational opportunities for the community that extends beyond the campus.

Campus Partners — We strive to support the vision and values of the Division of Student Life and the University of Iowa by working in a collaborative manner.


The Campus Recreation & Wellness Center opened during the summer of 2010. The state-of-the-art facility boasts 20,000 square feet of fitness space over three levels, a 52-foot climbing wall, a 50-meter competitive swimming pool, an 18-foot diving well, a leisure swimming pool, a 1/9 mile jogging track, two basketball/volleyball courts, one multi-activity gym, a café, locker rooms, a Wellness Suite and more. The leisure pool features include zero-depth entry, bubble benches, a 25-person spa, a vortex, a current channel, water volleyball, water basketball, a climbing wall and a video board.


Students have a wide variety of programming options to choose from at the University of Iowa. Recreational Services offers a variety of aquatics programs at two campus locations. Programs include: open swim, lap swim, masters swim, age group competitive swim club, aquatic certification courses and swim lessons. Members are welcome to visit one of the five fitness centers on campus for an individual workout. Over 70 group exercise classes are also available to choose from, as well as personal training or small group training options. The Outdoors Program provides opportunities for members of the University of Iowa and surrounding communities to introduce themselves to a variety of outdoor activities. Options include the Outdoor Rental Center, the Climbing Wall at the CRWC, Lifetime Leisure Skills classes, Adventure Trips, the High Adventure Challenge Course and more.


  • Throughout the year, we offer a variety of special fitness programs. These classes differ from our group exercise classes because you sign up for a four or five-week session and a guaranteed a spot in the class. The instructors are trained in the program and have credentials to teach the specialty class.
  • We also host fitness events such as Zumba Parties and the annual Tropical Indoor Triathlon.
  • We host a number of special aquatic events including all Iowa Hawkeye Swimming and Diving competitions, Division of Student Life activities, dive-in-movies, an inflatable slide and obstacle course.
  • Recreational Services offers courses in outdoor recreation, martial arts and social dance for academic credit. Each course is listed in the Lifetime Leisure Skills Department.
  • The University of Iowa Wildlife Camps began in the summer of 1991 with a mission to awaken an awareness and appreciation of the natural world in our campers, as well as inspire campers to action through developing a sound “land ethic”. We offer camps in the Summer and during Spring and Winter breaks.
Emily Harbourne was a previous editor for Campus Rec Magazine.

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