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Motivating Madison into Motion
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About UREC

UREC Facts and Figures

The UREC Mission is to promote and advance healthy lifestyles through educational programs, participation opportunities, and support services. Our qualified staff is committed to excellence and responsive to the developmental needs of our participants. Our Motto is "Motivating Madison into Motion!"  

UREC is more than a place to sweat. It is a place to learn about healthy lifestyles and develop positive habits that students can take with them when they leave JMU. UREC is a national leader in the development and use of student learning outcomes in the field of collegiate recreation. The department offers over 300 non-credit educational programs a year as well as credit-based courses. UREC is the number one provider of educational programs for the Wellness Passport program in Cluster Five of the General Education Curriculum. UREC is also one of the largest employers of students on campus.

UREC operates an award-winning recreation facility, opened in 1996, and also utilizes additional indoor and outdoor facilities around campus including the new University Park. To meet the current and future demand for recreation space caused by exceptionally high participation rates by our students, planning for an expansion to the main indoor facility is underway.

UREC Values

  • Emphasizing learning.
  • Striving for excellence in all that we do.
  • Acting with integrity.
  • Working collaboratively with others.
  • Treating others with respect.
  • Modeling balance in our personal and professional lives.
  • Exemplifying personal and social responsibility.
  • Celebrating our differences in appreciation of diversity.

View our Facts & Figures Sheet, watch our video "Find Your Place at UREC," or click the links on the left navigation to learn more.