Published: Sept. 20, 2021

student on bikeAre you excited to be active this semester? Are you interested in sports, getting outside, trying new things or friendly competition? Perhaps you’ve been staying active and want to explore other activities or meet other active people but don’t know where to start. 

There are many opportunities on campus for you to connect with people and organizations that fit your interests. Here are some ways to connect with others if you’re interested in getting or staying active.

Discover campus programs

Now is a great time to learn about programs and opportunities available for you to stay and be active throughout the semester. Here are some places to get started.

Rec Center: The Rec Center is your go-to place for all things to help you stay and be active. Whether you want to try a new sport, take your chance bouldering at the climbing wall or swim in the Buff pool, there are many opportunities waiting for you. The Rec Center and the Will Vill Rec have a variety of fitness classes, programs and events to help you keep you moving.

Intramural sports (IM): Intramural sports gives you the chance to get connected to campus, meet fellow Buffs and stay active by competing in a variety of sports and activities. IM Sports are open to everyone. Whether you are new to a sport or experienced,  create a team with friends or register as a free agent, there's a place for you. Purchase an IM Sports Pass to play in leagues and tournaments throughout the semester.

Outdoor Program: The Outdoor Program provides a gateway to adventure in the great outdoors. Rent equipment, join a trip, participate in the Challenge Course, plan your next adventure and more. The Outdoor Program can help you build skills in a variety of outdoor recreational activities. You can also attend workshops to learn more about environmental awareness and appreciation of nature. 

Inclusive Rec: The goal of Inclusive Rec is to create a safe, accommodating, welcoming and open environment while providing accessible and respectful opportunities for all. You can join outdoor events, fitness classes, ice skating, rock climbing sessions and more. All activities are free to the CU community and you must present your Buff OneCard to participate. 

Sports Clubs: With over 30 men’s, women’s and co-ed teams, the Sport Club program gives you the opportunity to participate in competitive sports against other intercollegiate teams. Sport Clubs are also a great way to get active, meet new people and play the sports you love. 

Fitness & Wellness (FitWell): FitWell is committed to providing quality fitness and wellness opportunities that help you build life-long healthy habits, find community and practice self-care. You can get involved through fitness classes like Zumba, cycling and even Yin Yoga. There are also small group training and instructional classes, personal training opportunities and wellness services at the Rec Center Wellness Suite.

Rec Center Board: The Rec Center Board, a joint board of CU Student Government (CUSG), helps improve facilities and other policies at the Rec Center. As a Rec Center board member, you can work directly with students and administrators to catalyze change.

Adaptive Sports and Recreation: This program supports CU Boulder students with physical disabilities by offering sports and other recreational activities for all levels. This is a great program to help you try something new, have fun and participate in competition.

Outdoor Perspectives This program is specifically designed to help introduce underrepresented students to a series of outdoor adventure activities throughout the semester. Outdoor Perspectives is open to undergraduate students who identify as members of underrepresented groups on campus or within outdoor recreation. All activities are free, including hiking, climbing, camping and more. Applications for the spring semester will open soon.

Buff Connect: Whether you like the outdoors, winter, summer or spring activities, with over 500 student organizations, there is something for everyone. This list of student-run organizations is arranged by category to help you find groups that match your interests and explore new ones.

You Belong Here: While recreation fees allow students to access world-class facilities and programs at the Rec Center, some programs require additional costs that may be difficult for some students to afford. Through generous donations, the Rec Center provides financial assistance and scholarships to help students participate fully in trips, classes and other activities. 

No matter how you choose to move this semester, CU is here to help you find your fit!

Attend events

A great way to meet people who share your interests and stay active together is by attending events. Be on the lookout for activities you can be a part of to try new things!

Try things on your own

If you’d like to explore on your own or with a friend, here are a few suggestions for  things you can do in your own time.

  • Apply for a job with the Rec Center!
  • Discover Boulder hikes and see which one has the best view to the city.
  • Take a walk down Boulder Creek Path.
  • Use your bike as a mode of transport. Be sure to check out bike clinics to help make acquiring, maintaining, riding and parking bikes on campus a breeze. 
  • Check out other ways to move your body.
  • Set a goal to move for 15 minutes every day or 3 times a week.
  • Challenge a friend to a monthly walking, running or moving competition.
  • Try doing activities that are fun for you, as long as it gets you moving, that’s all that matters.

For more tips and resources for getting involved, visit the Student Affairs website, check out student events and be sure to follow us on social media @CUBoulderLife on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!