Office of Student Life

Recreational Sports

Orientation 2021

Welcome to Student Life Recreational Sports! We’re excited to welcome you to Ohio State and we look forward to seeing you in Rec Sports.  

There’s something for everyone to live a Life in Motion. Check out all that we have to offer: 

  • Group fitness 
  • Intramurals 
  • Outdoor Recreation  
  • Employment   

There are many benefits of physical activity and research shows it can help improve academic achievement. The Ohio State Center for the Study of Student Life found the mean cumulative GPA for undergraduate Rec Sport users was 3.23 and 3.07 for nonusers. (CSSL, 2018) 

Stay connected with us on social media: Twitter @OSURec, Instagram @osurec, Facebook @ohiostaterecsports 

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If you're an Ohio State student taking four or more in person credit hours on main campus, then you're a Rec Sports member! If you are not assessed the fee but are taking classes you can purchase a membership at the student rate. 

You have access to our six indoor facilities, more than 70 acres of outdoor space and numerous services, programs, including intramural sports, group fitness, personal training and more. Your BuckID serves as your membership card to enter the facilities. 


Student Life Recreational Sports is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working student employees who enjoy interacting with our student, faculty, staff members and their guests in a positive way. 


Six indoor Rec Sports facilities are located conveniently throughout campus with a wide range of operating hours and amenities. Outdoor facility spaces offer a chance to be active while in key facilities near the residence halls and central campus.  

 RPAC (Recreation and Physical Activity Center), central campus 

  • Twelve multipurpose wood courts for basketball, volleyball and badminton 
  • Four squash courts 
  • Ten racquetball courts 
  • Four-lane jogging track 
  • Five multi-purpose rooms 

RPAC Aquatic Center 

  • Lap pool, class pool, leisure pool and spa 

Bike Hub (located on the northwest corner of the RPAC) 

  • Open to all Rec Sports members 
  • Attend educational sessions around bike maintenance, cycling skills and bike safety 
  • Purchase parts and supplies 
  • Bike repairs and safety checks available 

Sport Shop, located on the ground floor of the RPAC

  • Check out equipment 
  • Purchase drinks 
  • Towel service and locker rentals 
  • Reserve courts 

NRC (North Recreation Center), north campus

  • Four multi-purpose rooms 
  • Three floors of fitness equipment 
  • Four outdoor basketball courts 
  • Two outdoor sand volleyball courts 

JON (Jesse Owens North), north campus (Unavailable Autumn 2021)

  • One basketball court 
  • Free weights 
  • Strength training machines 
  • Cardio equipment 

JOS (Jesse Owens South), south campus

  • Two basketball courts 
  • Free weights 
  • Strength training machines 
  • Cardio equipment 

ARC (Adventure Recreation Center), west campus

  • Four wood basketball courts (five volleyball courts) 
  • Two indoor turf fields 
  • Free weights 
  • Strength training machines 
  • Cardio equipment 
  • Outdoor roller hockey rink 

OAC (Outdoor Adventure Center), located in the ARC on west campus

  • Thirty-five-foot-tall climbing structure 
  • Bouldering wall 
  • Wilderness-based experiences:  
  • Workshops 
  • Clinics 
  • Backcountry trips (Rafting, kayaking, backpacking, climbing)  
  • Outdoor equipment rentals 

Outdoor facilities 

LTP (Lincoln Tower Park), central campus 

  • Two turf fields 
  • Two grass fields 
  • Fifteen outdoor tennis courts 
  • Two batter courts 
  • Two basketball courts 
  • Two sand volleyball courts 

 Coffey Road Park 

  • Grass Fields for soccer and flag football 

 Women’s Field House, central campus 

  • Picnic patio 
  • Two charcoal grills 
  • Equipment check out
  • Meeting room 

Programs and Services 


  • 100+ group fitness classes offered each week (included in your membership) 
  • Personal training 
  • One-on-one training 
  • Buddy training 
  • Small group training 
  • Instructional programs 
  • Fitness assessments 
  • Equipment orientations 

Competitive Sports 

  • Intramurals  
  • Join as a team or a free-agent 
  • Sports offered autumn, spring and summer 
  • Check out the website for up-to-date information on registration and deadlines 
  • Sport clubs 
  • Student organizations that compete against other collegiate sport clubs at both the recreational and competitive level. 
  • 50+ clubs  


  • Rec Sports provides inclusion support including, but not limited to: 
  • Staff support 
  • Interpreting services 
  • Adaptive equipment