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About Campus Recreation

The Department of Campus Recreation strives to provide facilities, activities and services for persons of all ability levels and interests. Campus Recreation creates a supportive environment to ensure all participants have a positive experience. 

Campus Recreation is committed to being the very best at programming with distinct purpose. We will reach beyond traditional industry standards to enhance the total development of students through each aspect of recreational programming.  We envision a dynamic array of programs that positively engage and develop community between students as well as a long-term commitment to the University of Northern Colorado.

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UNC has been a proud member of NIRSA since 1979, and has had many students and staff attend state, regional, and national conferences.

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Campus Recreation is a student fee funded department that provides an inclusive environment for students to develop healthy behaviors and personal skills.  We provide various active experiential learning opportunities within the department programs of Competitive Sports, Fitness & Wellness, Aquatics, Outdoor Pursuits, and Informal Recreation.  Through Campus Recreation programs and employment, students will experience personal growth through critical thought and ethical principles; teamwork and civil engagement; diverse cultural perspectives; development of transferable skills; and the cultivation of healthy practices.  Our values of inclusivity, collaboration, equity, diversity, well-being, and personal growth are at the core of our programming and staff development.  We proudly strive to build a community and culture that is centered on these values.

Student Learning Outcomes:


Learning Outcome 
Through Campus Recreation programs students will improve their knowledge of leadership and team development skills.


Learning Outcome 
Through Campus Recreation programs students will increase their global perspective by engaging with people from diverse abilities, skills and/or backgrounds.


Learning Outcome 
Through Campus Recreation programs students will experience a sense of belonging within the campus community.


Learning Outcome 
Through Campus Recreation programs students will learn transferable skills that will be instrumental in their post-graduate success.


Learning Outcome 
Through Campus Recreation programs students will improve their understanding of personal wellbeing, and develop healthy behaviors.

Inclusivity & Diversity 

Campus Recreation strives to ensure a safe, affirming, and nurturing environment for the UNC community. Inherent in this mission is a belief that a strong community is built upon, and enriched by, both commonalities and differences. We recognize and celebrate the fact that UNC students, staff, and faculty have diverse characteristics and backgrounds.

We actively demonstrate our commitment to the success of all community members through our programs, policies, and services. We foster a welcoming environment based upon open and considerate dialogue, mutual understanding, and respect for individual differences.  We are committed to social justice as a tool to create change within our department, our campus, and local and global communities.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how physical activity improves health
  • Recognize connection to the campus community and build peer relationships
  • Integrate knowledge and skills to improve personally and academically
  • Learn to work as a team and resolve conflicts through Intramural and Club Sports participation 
  • Experience leadership opportunities to improve communication, listening, time management skills and improve self-confidence
  • Students will develop a understanding of sustainability and environmental issues through Outdoor Pursuits programs participation.
  • Discover ways to achieve fitness goals to manage weight and stress. 
  • Establish respect for differences through diverse interactions
  • Culture of C.A.R.E. 

    The Division of Student Affairs staff members are expected to positively contribute to our division’s Culture of CARE (Connect, Attitude, Respect, and Empathy). Culture of CARE emphasizes empathy, community building, civility, recognition and exceptional customer service. 

  • Disability Access

    The Campus Recreation staff invites all individuals to join in the activities offered at the Rec Center.

    The Campus Recreation Center was designed to be physically accessible. Specialized equipment includes a lift in the swimming pool, a counter-balanced climbing system at the indoor climbing wall, and an upper-body cycle in the strength and conditioning area on the first floor.

    Programs are designed to meet a variety of ability and fitness levels, and personal fitness trainers are available at competitive prices to assist you with your personal fitness program. We encourage you to meet with the professional staff of the department in order to address your specific needs and interests.

    For a personal tour of Campus Recreation programs and facilities, please contact the Entry Desk at 970-351-2062 or stop by the Rec Center.

  • Gender Identity Policy

    Individuals shall be permitted to participate in Campus Recreation programs, facilities and events in accordance with that person’s gender identity.

    Showing up for an event, program, facility, or activity is all you have to do to establish your gender identity and participate. No questions asked, no proof is required, come join us and play!

  • All Gender Restroom/Changing Area

    Our gender-neutral restroom is specifically intended to serve the needs of:

    • Transgender or gender nonconforming individuals, to offer an alternative to using male or female specific restrooms.
    • Parents who otherwise may not be able to accompany their children of a different gender into a gender specific restroom.
    • People with disabilities who have an attendant or caregiver of a different gender.
    • Those in need of a Koala Kare changing station.
    • Others who simply desire the privacy that a single stall bathroom affords.