Engaged Hawks Soaring in Health and Happiness

The new, 81,709-square feet Recreation and Wellness Center opened its doors in August 2018 and features dozens of amenities for students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and community members. This Center is more than just a gym. It's a place where you can enhance and maintain your physical and mental health, challenge yourself and spend time with friends.

From rowing machines to fitness classes to educational workshops, the Recreation and Wellness Center is the perfect environment for self improvement and fun! Ready to get fit and stay healthy? Visit our Member Services to learn more.

Departmental Updates

  Free Preview Weekend - November 22-24
 

Free Preview Weekend

Want to try the UHCL Recreation and Wellness Center and see if a membership is right for you? Enjoy free access to the RWC from 6 a.m. on Friday, November 22 through 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 24.

All persons must have:

  • Photo ID
  • Complete a liability waiver
  • Minors must have a parent or legal guardian present at all times
  • Appropriate apparel
  • Parking is NOT free on Friday, November 22 so anyone wanting to access the RWC that day must purchase a day pass from the kiosk outside of the RWC.
  Fall Festival with CAB and Campus Rec - Saturday, November 23 from 4p-8p
 

On Saturday, November 23 from 4 to 6 p.m, join Campus Activities Board and Campus Recreation and Wellness for a family oriented Fall Festival. Games, activities, snacks (S'mores and hot chocolate), and other events will be available in The Backyard of the RWC. The Greatest Showman will be shown on our outdoor movie theater system starting at around 6 p.m. until around 8 p.m. 

Cost: FREE for everyone

Activities:

  • Pumpkin games
  • Carnival game
  • 18-Hole Mini Golf
  • Balloon Artist
  • Face painter
  • Mechanical Bull
  • Rockwall
  • Yard Games
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • The Greatest Showman movie

Parking: passes must be purchased from the kiosk in front of the RWC and the charge is by the hour or for the entire day. Credit cards are accepted at the kiosks.

Inclement weather: If the weather does not cooperate, the event will be moved inside the RWC.

  American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certification for Community
 

Looking for an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certification? The Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness is offering community certification classes starting in December 2019.

The classes will use the blended learning model, which includes a ~3 hour online portion that must be completed prior to your ~2 hour in-class portion. When registering for the course, you will select which in-person class you want to attend. You will be emailed instructions with the link for the online portion and must submit verification of completion prior to your in-person class.

Cost: $75/person

In-person Class Options:

  • Tuesday, December 10 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (16 spots available)
  • Tuesday, December 17 from 4 - 6 p.m. (15 spots available)
  • Wednesday, December 18 from 4 - 6 p.m. (16 spots available)

Registration Instructions

  1. Go to RWConnect
  2. Click on Log In in the top right corner. 
    • If you are a UHCL student or employee, use your UHCL username and password.
    • If you are not a UHCL student or employee, you will have to create an account.
  3. Once logged in, use the search box at the top of the screen and search for "CPR". You should see Community Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.
  4. Select which in-person class you want to attend and click the green Register button on that class.
  5. Complete the payment screens and submit payment. ONLY CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE.
    • If you need to pay with a check or cash you must register in-person at the Member Services desk during normal business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    • Contact Brian Mills at millsb@uhcl.edu directly to discuss alternative payment options for a group.
  6. After completing registration, you will receive an email with instructions for the online portion of the class along with how to submit verification of completion.
  7. No refunds are allowed for failure to complete the online portion or failure to pass written or skills tests during the in-person portion.

All in-person classes will be held at the UHCL Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) in one of our multi-purpose rooms. A campus map can be found campus map and the RWC is listed as building 5. Parking passes can be purchased from the parking kiosk directly in front of the RWC and rates are between $2 and $5 and you will park in lot D direct;y in front of the RWC.

Campus Recreation and Wellness Information

  Master Departmental Policies
 

Click on the link to access the most current Departmental Master Policies and Procedures.

The Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness reviews its master policies and procedures on a semi-annual basis. Upon review, proposed changes, edits, and new policies are created to enhance the overall safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the department. Policies and procedures are intended to provide consistency in expectations for all patrons and our department.

These policies have been reviewed and approved by the Campus Recreation Advisory Board (CRAB), the Executive Director for Health and Wellness, and the Vice President of Student Affairs. The last revision was done on August 16, 2019.

  Impact of Campus Recreation and Wellness
 

Fall 2018 Impact Numbers

  • Total check-ins: 37,341
  • Distinct users: 2,346 students or 25.7% of student body
  • Male/Female usage: 66% male, 33% female
  • Classification usage by total check-ins:
      • First year: 1,465
      • Sophomores: 1,215
      • Juniors: 6,851
      • Seniors: 10,496
      • Masters: 8,046
      • Doctorate: 862

Fall 2018 GPA Impact of RWC Users vs. Non-Users

  • UHCL Cumulative GPA
      • All students: 3.03
      • RWC Users: 3.10
  • Breakdown by gender: RWC users vs. non-users
      • Fall GPA 
          • Female non-users: 3.11
          • Female RWC Users: 3.20
              • Uses RWC 25-49 times: 3.35
              • Uses RWCO 50-74 times: 3.14
              • Uses RWC 75-99 times: 3.40
          • Male non-users: 2.83
          • Male RWC Users: 2.97
              • Uses RWC 25-49 times: 2.97
              • Uses RWCO 50-74 times: 3.18
              • Uses RWC 75-99 times: 3.20
  • Breakdown by college RWC users
      • College of Business: 3.11
      • College of Education: 3.55
      • College of Human Sciences and Humanities: 3.20
      • College of Science and Engineering: 3.08

Spring 2019 Impact Numbers

  • Total check-ins: 36,103
  • Distinct users:  2,162 students or 26% of student body
  • Male/Female usage: 58% male, 39% female
  • Classification usage by total check-ins:
      • First year: 83
      • Sophomores: 98
      • Juniors: 467
      • Seniors: 926
      • Masters: 532
      • Doctorate: 56

Spring 2019 GPA Impact of RWC Users vs. Non-Users

  • UHCL Cumulative GPA
      • All students : 3.05
      • RWC Users: 3.10
  • Breakdown by gender: RWC users vs. non-users
      • Female non-users: 3.11
      • Female RWC Users: 3.23
          • Uses RWC 25-49 times: 3.18
          • Uses RWCO 50-74 times: 3.25
          • Uses RWC 75-99 times: 3.67
      • Male non-users: 2.87
      • Male RWC Users: 2.97
          • Uses RWC 25-49 times: 3.14
          • Uses RWCO 50-74 times: 3.22
          • Uses RWC 75-99 times: 3.20
  • Breakdown by college RWC users
      • College of Business: 3.10
      • College of Education: 3.65
      • College of Human Sciences and Humanities: 3.14
      • College of Science and Engineering: 3.14

Quick Look

  RWC Location
 

The Recreation and Wellness Center is located on the north side of campus near the Middlebrook Drive and Bayou Road East intersection, near Entrance 3 and parking lot D. The facility is across from the new STEM building and next to the Hunter Hall.

The Recreation and Wellness Center is building 5 on the campus map. A Visitor's Parking kiosk is located directly in front of the east side of the facility near the loop intersection. Once a visitors pass is purchased, visitors may park in Lot D parking spots designated for visitors.

From the Bayou Building: Exit through the north entrance and walk through the Student Services and Classroom Building (SSCB). 

From SSCB: Exit SSCB through the north sliding doors, follow the sidewalk toward Middlebrook Drive. Go past the little gazebo and the construction site on your right. The Center will be on your right; look for the building with blue and green glass and second floor terraces.

  Building Layout - Academic Side and Recreation Side
 

First Floor:
Drawing of Campus Recreation and Wellness first floor

Academic Side Main Entrance Area Recreation Side
Left of Main Entrance Between Academic and Recreation Right of Main Entrance

9. Biomechanics lab
10. Exercise physiology lab
11. Cafe
12. Motor control and development lab



6. Welcome Center
7. Lobby
8. Collaboration zone





1. MAC Gym
2. Main Gym 1 and 2
3 + 4. Fitness Zone
5. Locker rooms

*Recreation areas require valid UHCL student or member ID.

Second Floor:
Campus Recreation and Wellness 2nd floor layout

Academic Side Recreation Side
19. Student terrace
20. Classrooms
21. Exercise and Health Science
Department
22. Faculty terrace

13. 1/8-mile track
14. Satellite Fitness Zone
15. Multi-purpose rooms
16. Administrative suite
17. Backyard
18. Personal training studio
  Recreation Areas
 
  • Fitness zones with cardio, free weight, plate loaded, pin-select and Olympic spaces.
  • 2 regulation-sized basketball courts. 
    Courts can be converted to two volleyball or three badminton courts.
  • Multi-activity court (MAC gym) with dasher walls and protective netting 
    for indoor soccer, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball and other activities.
  • 2 multi-purpose rooms used for group fitness classes, meeting space or open recreation.
  • 1/8-mile, elevated, 3-lane indoor track.
    Located above multi-activity court and basketball courts.
  • Semi-private personal training space.
  • Stretching zone, cardio/strength space and two turf functional spaces.
  • Men’s and women’s locker rooms.
  • Social spaces and student work areas.
  • Outdoor field spaces include:

    • Recreation and Wellness Center's Backyard
      (between the Recreation and Wellness Center and STEM building)

    • Delta Complex with one large lit field, four tennis courts and two outdoor basketball courts

Visit Facilities

  Recreational Sports
 
  • Intramural sports are individual, dual and team sports.
    Events range from single-day to multi-week tournaments.
  • Use IMLeagues to view and register for intramural sports. Make sure to specify UHCL as your school and use your UHCL email. Chrome browser recommended.
  • Sport Clubs are sports-based student organizations for soccer, volleyball, fusion dance, cricket, eSports, and the spirit squad.

Visit Recreational Sports

  Academic Areas
 
  • Biomechanics lab
  • Exercise physiology lab
  • Motor control lab
  • 50- and 40-seat classrooms, group study rooms and faculty suite
Contact
  • rwconnect

    Campus Recreation and Wellness

    Email: CampusRecreation@uhcl.edu 

    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 245
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Phone: 281-283-2330
    Member Services: 281-283-2331 
    Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Rec Center Fall hours

    Aug. 26 - Dec. 22
    Mon. - Thurs., 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
    Fri., 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sun, Noon - 6 p.m.

    More Hours


    Outdoor Spaces hours:
    Daily: 7 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    Closed for inclement weather

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