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 Campus Recreation Programming 



The Office of Campus Recreation is responsible for the programming and operation of the Aebersold Student Recreation Center (ARC), McFarland Recreational Sports Complex (MAC), Ski Lodge, and Campground.  The programs and facility have been designed to promote positive physical, mental and spiritual health.

Campus Recreation offers a variety of lifetime sports and fitness activities that provide exciting opportunities to “Rock’n Recreate.” The  Recreation Center fee and membership fee provides students and patrons access to the ARC for Informal Recreation.  Below is an overview of each program area.   To learn more click on the bolded title of each program.

Aquatics: A variety of aquatic programs are offered that provide education and fun activities. Primary programs offered include swim instructions, aquatic fun nights, aquafit, arthritis stretch and water polo.

Climbing Wall Programs: Introductory and advanced climbing clinics are offered as well as intramural and extramural climbing competitions.

Group Exercise: Free classes are offered each semester and the summer.  Aqua fit, ROCK Spinning and traditional group exercise classes are taught by nationally certified instructors. Click on Group Exercise Classes for the current semester's schedule.

Informal Recreation: Opportunities for pick up games of basketball, volleyball, soccer, floor or inline hockey or badminton as well as lap swimming, running/walking on the indoor track, fitness workouts or scaling the ROCK wall offer unstructured recreation at one’s own convenience and leisure.

Intramural Sports: This is the most popular extracurricular activity on campus.  Team, individual and dual Intramural Sport leagues are offered throughout the academic year. Participants organize their own teams and compete for the coveted Intramural Championship Mugs. There are no prerequisites for experience; so all skill levels are encouraged to participate. In addition, intramural sports participation affords a fine opportunity to develop the essential qualities of leadership, cooperation, self-reliance, and sense of fair play and to form warm friendships that will endure throughout the years. Each and every SRU student is invited to participate in as many activities as he/she desires.

Open Kayak Sessions: Free sessions are offered Fall and spring semesters in the ARC's Aquatic Center.

Outdoor Adventures: This program is designed to provide outdoor recreation services and educational experiences to the Slippery Rock University campus and community. The Outdoor Program trips and clinics offer opportunities to increase outdoor recreation skills, leadership development and environmental awareness.

Safety Certifications: Certification programs are offered throughout the year. Earn a certificate for life guarding, CPR, first aid or Water Safety Instruction (WSI) and increase your employment opportunities and earning power!

Fitness Programs: A number of Perk and Pay to Play Programs aimed at preparing and enhancing participant’s use of the fitness center. Included in these offerings are fitness assessments, equipment orientations, personal training cross training classes and the Freshman Fitness Incentive Program.

Sport Clubs: These clubs provide opportunities for students with similar interests to participate in various sport and recreational activities. Sport Clubs bridge the gap between intramural and intercollegiate athletics by providing competition at specialized levels, participation in tournaments and opportunities to practice. New clubs can follow the procedure to become a recognized Slippery Rock University organization registering with the Center for Student Leadership, located in the University Union.


ARC Hours

This Week at the ARC

Upcoming Programs
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Aebersold Student
Recreation Center (ARC)

ARC Academic Year Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 6am - 11pm
Fri: 6am - 9pm
Sat: 9am - 9pm
Sun: Noon - 9pm

Play is prohibited at the MAC (McFarland Recreational Sports Complex) when the RED FLAG is flying. The MAC will be closed from December 1-March 1.

When the University is on a 2 hour delay due to weather, the ARC will not open up until 10:00 a.m..