Do It All

At nationally recognized recreation center, students can work out, hang out and chill out.

Photo: Mike Peters

As student amenities go, Montclair State University’s Student Recreation Center not only ranks at the top of the list with students, but it has also been voted among the top 20 college recreation centers in the nation. 

Located on the edge of campus with a stunning view of New York City, the state-of-the-art facility houses an indoor track, basketball and racquetball courts, a six-lane heated swimming pool, strength and cardio training equipment and a variety of exercise classes and activities. Best Value Schools ( called it among “best of the best – the standard by which other student recreation facilities will be judged for years to come.”

Montclair State students agree.

“It’s very modern and has a young, progressive feel to it,” says junior Jordan Anton, “and I love the view of the city.”

Day or night, students can’t get enough of the Rec Center. “I love the indoor track,” says freshman Rebecca Coleman. “There are so many options, and I can try new things here.”

Every week, the Rec Center offers free group exercise classes for students in everything from scuba diving to martial arts. Students can “drop in” for a myriad of classes including yoga, Zumba, cycling, Pilates and body combat. Students who enjoy team sports can play on intramural or club teams in every sport from basketball, soccer and hockey to table tennis, dodgeball and Wiffle ball. But exercise options, team sports and breathtaking views are not all the Rec Center has to going for it.

“It’s not just a gym – we do a lot of fun things here,” says Aimee DeVito, the Rec Center’s special events student supervisor.

The Rec Center offers both discounted trips off-campus to such places as Medieval Times and Yankees games and outdoor adventure trips such as hiking, camping and whitewater rafting. Each fall, the Rec Center also hosts Project Challenge (formerly known as Project College), a festival with games and activities to help new students get acquainted with the Rec Center and with each other. In addition, the Rec Center has free Wi-Fi, big-screen TVs with video games, and offers other ways to relieve stress with arts and crafts, time management classes and even naptime.

“The events are fun to be at, they're close, there's usually food, and they're free,” says junior Rebecca Bisdale. “What more could a college kid ask for?”

Students can join Campus Recreation’s RecBoard, an organization that creates and organizes special events and community service projects. Recently, RecBoard hosted a Minute to Win It game night to benefit the Father English Community Food Pantry.

“Minute to Win It was fun, it took my mind off school and I enjoyed myself and the prizes are always great,” says senior Nick Brasile.

RecBoard is known for its lively meetings every Friday at 2:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the entire University community and new members get a chance to win prizes.

Whether students want to exercise, relax or socialize, the Rec Center is the place to be. “I love being here,” says freshman Matt Alimena. “It has a great atmosphere.”

The Student Recreation Center is open from 6 a.m. to midnight during the school year. For more information, visit the center’s website.