New research shows a strong correlation between participation in campus recreation and the recruitment, retention, and overall health & wellness of students. The study also points out the most popular types of exercise and the influence that programs and facilities have on prospective students.

The research is based on the responses of over 33,500 students from 38 colleges & universities. Scott Forrester, Ph.D., author of the study and of Read New Research on the Benefits of Campus Recreation, found that “students who participate in recreational sports opportunities have increased retention rates, improved health and wellness, and strengthen the soft-skills associated with higher education.”

The entire study, entitled The Benefits of Campus Recreation, is available on the NIRSA website.

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