Our Mission & Values

Recreation & Wellness is part of the Division of Student Affairs at GVSU. Our offices are located in the Recreation Center on the Allendale campus. Make your time at Grand Valley healthy, fun, and memorable by taking advantage of a wide variety of recreational, wellness, competitive, and educational resources that support your physical and mental well-being.

Our Mission & Vision


To enhance and engage the GVSU community by providing inclusive and diverse recreational opportunities that inspire participation, promote health and wellbeing, and encourage student development and success.


Recreation & Wellness aspires to be a leader who integrally contributes to student success through comprehensive and quality recreational services and programs that further wellbeing and community.

Our Values

COLLABORATION  |  We believe in building positive and mutual relationships with the University and surrounding community, including campus organizations and departments.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION  |  We aim to be committed and welcoming to a culture of inclusion, in which we provide recreational programs and services that are accessible and adaptive to the community. We strive to share a diverse array of ideas, opportunities, and experiences.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE  |  We aim to offer opportunities for students and the university community to be actively engaged and educated to lead a balanced lifestyle that will enhance their wellbeing.

SERVICE  |  We believe in offering quality and innovative recreational and competitive programs and services that are inclusive, support health, wellbeing and have a positive impact on the University and surrounding community. 

STUDENT LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT  |  We believe in providing opportunities that complement the co-curricular learning experience in order to assist in the students' intellectual, personal, and professional development.  We believe individuals learn best and engage most when having fun in a safe environment.

SUSTAINABILITY  |  We believe in promoting awareness and being responsible through sustainable efforts in our environment, ourselves, and our resources.

Strategic Plan & Outcomes

Student Centered Outcomes (SCO) Assessment

Recreation & Wellness is committed to continuous improvement.  Learn more about our student centered outcomes by accessing the report below.

Student Centered Outcomes Report

Strategic Plan Reporting

Wondering how Recreation & Wellness is doing related to our Strategic Plan?  Learn more by accessing our report.

Strategic Plan Report

Accessibility Information

Recreation & Wellness strives to make its programs and services accessible to all participants. If you have questions or would like to or receive additional information about accessibility, please contact us.  

For additional information or if you have questions, need assistance, or an accommodation, please call us at 331-3659 or email at rec@gvsu.edu at least 2 days in advance so arrangements can be made in a timely manner. 
Recreation & Wellness schedules, programs and services are subject to change due to academic classes, special events, maintenance projects, staff availability, attendance, and University breaks. 

Affirmative Action Statement

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the university

The Value of Recreation

Powering Student Development

NIRSA states it best: "Recreation programs and services enhance the student experience in many different ways and evidence continues to demonstrate the degree to which various forms of recreation influence multiple, student-related outcomes". 

Academic Success

Campus rec participants are more likely to report higher GPAs.

Diversity & Inclusion

Recreation participation provides an opportunity for students to develop relationships with individuals from different cultures.


Recreation participation enhances students' sense of belonging.

Mental Well-Being

Recreation participants are more likely to report improved feelings of well-being.

Physical Health

Physically active individuals sleep better, feel better, and function better.

Leadership Development

Student recreation employees develop decision-making and problem-solving skills.


Recreation participation has a positive impact on student retention.

Promoting Student Wellness

"Collegiate recreation plays a key role in integrating health and wellbeing within the campus culture." Plus, there's "credible evidence to support the impact of collegiate recreation on student recruitment, retention, health, and wellbeing, as well as student learning outcomes and post-graduation employment success."  

Our focus on student wellbeing continues to be an important part of Recreation & Wellness' mission. We're looking forward to connecting students with valuable resources, helping students navigate all aspects of wellbeing, and continuing to enhance the student experience at GVSU.

Learn more about Recreation & Wellness' impact on health & wellbeing through NIRSA.