Campus Recreation memberships to change Fall 2017
Starting this fall, Campus Recreation memberships for students, faculty, and community members will change in an attempt to better serve the Penn State community.
Part-time and full-time students will no longer have to purchase a campus gym membership to use Penn State recreation facilities and take part in most group fitness classes due to the creation of the Student Initiated Fee.
In the past, students had to pay $60 per semester or $110 per year to use University Park’s three fitness facilities – White Building, Hepper Fitness Center, and IM Building. With the new membership, students can use all the buildings along with campus swimming pools as long as they present a valid Penn State student ID.
“Changing the way we structure memberships will ensure that we are able to offer the best recreational experience to our students and the campus community,” said Josh Davis, assistant director of Campus Recreation for Membership Services and Outreach in a release. “We have the opportunity to really enhance our offerings while also making our facilities safer and more welcoming by introducing practices that have been standard at many of our peer institutions for years.”
Memberships for faculty and staff members will now cost $50 per month, $95 per semester, or $230 annually, with annual memberships lasting from the beginning of fall classes until the last day of summer classes.
For community members, 200 memberships will be available for purchase at $500 a year and members must be over the age of 18 and dues paying Penn State Alumni Association members.
In addition to better serving the Penn State community, the membership changes also bring the university in line with other similar institutions. For example, students at the University of Michigan that are enrolled in at least one credit hour receive free fitness access, as a portion of their tuition goes towards facility access. Similarly, at the University of Illinois, students are charged with a student service fee that includes fitness access.
With the new fitness membership system, Campus Recreations will also be able to “better monitor traffic in and out of the building to keep the building safe for all users in compliance with Penn State policy.”
“Throughout the renovations and the development of the new membership program, we really considered students’ needs and students were able to provide a lot of input,” said Davis in the same release. “All of the changes happening in Campus Recreation align with our goals to create a student-centric recreation space and a more holistic wellness experience for our patrons.”
Faculty, staff, and community members can purchase fitness memberships by visiting the IM Building and paying in person. For students, access to the buildings comes with their student ID card.
Students that are not taking classes in the summer are also eligible for a fitness membership for $57. If students drop below part-time student status, their membership will expire.
The new membership program takes effect August 21. More information on the changes can be found here.