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Penn State received feedback about students’ experiences with Campus Recreation as well as its role in their health, well-being, and success at Penn State. The results give insight into how students participate in Campus Recreation programs/facilities as well as incentives and barriers to participation. Moreover, the results contribute to ongoing efforts to improve supports and services for student health and well-being. Results from the Spring 2018 administration of the survey show that: 

  • Over three-quarters of students (77.8%) patronized Campus Recreation during a typical week, and nearly the same percentage (73.0%) of that group spent between one to two hours participating each visit.
  • 72.2% of students indicated that having a friend accompany them would encourage them to participate more in Campus Recreation facilities and programs. Additionally, 52.6% specified that giveaways would encourage more participation.
  • The top-three motivating factors to participation were exercise (85.0%), health and well-being (83.2%), and stress management/relief (72.8%).
  • The top-five barriers to increased participation was lack of time, schoolwork, facilities being too crowded, lack of awareness of programs, and location of facilities. 
  • When asked to describe their general health, nearly 80.0% of students reported a positive rating. Moreover, 65.3% of non-participants and 83.2% of participants indicated that they would describe their general health as “good” or “excellent.”

Download the full survey report on the PULSE Reports page.

Penn State Student Affairs
Research & Assessment

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