Rec Center again receives national praise


The University of Akron’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center has found its way onto a list ranking the “50 Great College Gymnasiums and Recreation Centers for 2019.” 

Great Value Colleges rated UA at No. 50, describing the University’s appeal with 250 pieces of cardio and strength-building equipment, a 53-foot climbing rock wall, a 1/10-mile indoor track, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and a leisure pool with a lazy river.


Students scale the rock wall at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

“It’s great to see the continual recognition of these facilities, programs and operations,” said John MacDonald, director of student recreation and wellness services. “It’s an honor to be included as one of only three Ohio universities recognized. This type of recognition would not be possible without the dedicated hard work of our students and staff.”

Great Value Colleges ranked the nation’s college gyms and recreation centers based on similar lists from other publications that put a spotlight on education or fitness and have a range of ranking criteria.

The University was previously ranked No. 47 by College Consensus on a list of the best recreational facilities in America and No. 17 on a similar list from University Primetime.

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