RESEARCH NOTE | Key Insights from National Survey Data on Campus Recreation Services

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Recreation centers play a vital role in the university experience. These services offer students opportunities to participate in both structured and unstructured activities such as fitness classes, intramural sports teams, and outdoor adventures like hiking and camping. Recreational facilities and events encourage students to develop health and wellness practices and are associated with a number of positive health and learning outcomes.

This research note explores students’ satisfaction with campus recreation services and the learning outcomes associated with them. The findings, summarized as five key insights, are drawn from a national dataset constructed from the responses of over 2,500 college students to the Benchworks Recreation Services Assessment during the 2017-2018 academic year.