It’s no surprise that numerous studies show that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can have benefits outside of the gym, however, a new study suggests that those benefits can extend to the classroom. College recreation centers help boost a student’s physical well being, but may play a larger role in their intellectual prowess as well.

The study, conducted at Michigan State University, found that students who were members of the university’s recreation center had both a higher cumulative GPA, as well as an increased likelihood of remaining in school. An increase of 3.5 percent in two-year retention rates was seen among this group.

“That could equate to about 1,575 people within a student population of 49,000 deciding to move on to a third year of school,” said James Pivarnik, a professor of kinesiology and epidemiology at MSU. “These results provide a compelling argument to universities that a higher student retention rate could be enhanced just by having adequate recreational and fitness facilities for students.”

So if you’re looking for new ways to retain and better your student populace, a student recreation center isn’t a bad place to start. Interested in more? Contact us for a free consultation!


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