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Recreation Fee Report


The Athletic Fee was implemented in 1990 and included an Intercollegiate Athletics component and a Recreation and Intramurals component. In 2016/17, the Recreation portion of the Athletics fee will be split out from the Athletic fee to create a separate Recreation fee. The Recreation fee supports the Recreation programs. A wide variety of programs and activities can be found on both campuses under the headings informal recreation, structured recreation, intramural sports, recreational instruction, group fitness and aquatics.

A well-run Recreational program enhances student recruitment and is a focal point for many student related activities.

Student Benefits/Impacts
  • Use of many Recreation services and facilities
    • Available recreation activities include:
      • Informal recreation (such as fitness centers and aquatics facilities)
      • Fitness (such as spinning and aerobics classes)
      • Intramural sports
      • Certification classes
  • Employment opportunities for students
  • Leadership opportunities – lifeguards, intramural officials, recreation supervisors, aerobics instructors, etc.
  • Increased diversity on campus
  • Increased opportunities for student interaction
  • Enhanced quality of student life
  • Increased institutional student recruitment and retention
  • Programs and activities available to students as a healthy alternative to the use of drugs and alcohol
  • Opportunities for enhanced student engagement and involvement on campus
  • Access to high quality facilities
  • Increased connection with community and Alumni
  • Opportunities for socialization and peer interaction in a positive and healthy environment
  • Access to programs developing vital life skills
  • Increased awareness of personal health and well-being
  • Access to activities that help to build self-esteem, reduce stress, and promote healthy development
Student Access

Indoor Activity (Facility):

  • Fitness Center (Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Pool (Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Jogging Track (Alumni Arena)
  • Racquetball Courts (Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Squash Courts (Clark Hall)
  • Open Gym (EWPF – Alumni Arena, Large/Small Gym Clark Hall, Dance Studio, Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Men’s General Locker Room (Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Women’s General Locker Room (Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Sauna (Alumni Arena)
  • Steam Room  (Alumni Arena)
  • Small Equipment Use (Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Athletic Credit-bearing Classes  (North and South campus)

Outdoor Activity (Facility:

  • Field Space*     (North Campus: Kunz Field, Governor’s fields, Ellicott Fields, and South Campus: Rotary Field and Softball Field)
  • Track* (North Campus: Kunz Field)
  • *Outdoor spaces are available during available open recreation hours, weather permitting and subject to change.

Additional Services – May require an additional fee to participate

  • Intramural Sports                               
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Personal Training
  • Locker Rentals
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Swim Lessons
  • Lifeguard Certification Courses
  • Water Safety Instructor Certification Courses
  • CPR/AED Certification Courses
  • Athletic Credit-bearing Classes
  • Facility Rental
  • Retail

As a University partner, we will assist the Student Association/Club Sports with identifying and scheduling practices spaces.  Space is subject to availability and change.

Contact Information

Recreation Services

  • 716-645-2286 – North Campus
  • 716-829-2926 – South Campus

Alumni Arena - North Campus:

  • Monday - Sunday; hours vary (Expanded hours on Saturday and Sundays during the spring semester)

Clark Hall - South Campus:

  • Monday - Sunday; hours vary
Actual Expenditures

In 2016/17, the Recreation portion of the Athletics fee will be split out from the Athletics Fee to create a separate Recreation Fee. For actual Recreation expenditures, refer to the Athletics Fee Report.


What does my recreation fee dollars go towards?

The Recreation fee supports a wide range of recreational programs, facilities, equipment and student employees.

Does the money support sports or Athletics?

No, Recreation fees do not support sports or Athletics.

Why do you charge me for other programs like intramurals when I am paying a recreation fee?

The Recreation fee is not adequate to cover full funding for all of the programming and staffing that is appropriate for and demanded by our students. Therefore, some programs and services require fees to cover the operational costs.

Questions and comments regarding the Comprehensive Fee may be emailed to

Last updated: August 29, 2017 1:15 pm EST