Fitness and Wellness

Staying active is a concept that brings many students together on campus, whether it’s a pick-up game of basketball, group exercise class or intramural activity. The heart of recreation activity on campus is the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center (RFWC). The RFWC offers almost 100,000 square feet of recreational space.  It is a great place to work out or to hang out. All services are free to students.

Facility Highlights 

  • Free weights and strength machines
  • Flat screen television monitors throughout the building and workout areas
  • Three-story rock-climbing wall
  • Indoor walking/running track
  • Outdoor basketball and volleyball courts
  • Three indoor multipurpose courts
  • Game Room offering table tennis, billiards, foosball, and video games
  • Exercise classes including spin, yoga, step, tai chi, Pilates and more
  • Study and relaxation lounges
  • Sport equipment, camping gear and bikes available for checkout

Student Wellness develops, implements, and coordinates health and wellness programs for the University community. Self-care - including quality sleep, good nutrition, and knowing how to cope with stress - all contribute to your ability to thrive as a USI student. Throughout the year, we partner with campus departments/organizations and local community agencies to provide wellness outreach events including:

  • Educational programs about various health topics
  • Free and confidential HIV testing
  • Pet therapy for stress management
  • Bystander intervention training 
  • Safe Spring Break Fair
  • Sexual assault and domestic violence awareness 

The University Health Center provides medical services and health-related information to students, faculty, and staff. We recognize that health and education are precious assets. Our goal is to help you maintain or improve your health, allowing you to reach your highest potential both in and out of the classroom.

The Counseling Center is committed to making the University of Southern Indiana a happy and healthy place for all of our students. You will often find us delivering presentations on mental health, bringing exciting and dynamic speakers to campus, moderating student panels, and coordinating various awareness campaigns.

We also know that life is filled with challenges, and that it is normal for people to experience high levels of distress at challenging times. People seek our assistance for a variety of reasons. Whether a student is having difficulties adjusting to college life, struggling with depression, questioning his or her identity, experiencing difficulties with body-image, or coping with the loss of a loved one, we are here to provide support, guidance, and a fresh perspective. Our services are designed to help students develop the skills necessary to overcome their problems, make effective decisions, and develop the tools that will allow them to maximize their experiences at the University of Southern Indiana.

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Here in USI, we have a lot of options in group exercises, but one of my favorites is indoor cycling because it makes you burn a lot of calories. And also you're interacting, the instructor is playing music, so that also helps you work harder.

So the Recreation Center has a track. It has basketball courts. It has a bunch of really nice machines to lift on and also some free weight stuff, as well as a rock climbing wall.

We have the University Health Center available to us, which is a great on-campus living facility, and it's fully staffed with doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners. You can make an appointment now online or call them, or you can even have a walk-in.

The counseling center is a safe space for everyone. Your notes will not be released to anybody else, and your interactions are completely confidential. Peers put on programs about mental health awareness or sexual health awareness for the students, or you can go see a counselor by yourself.

I think it's really important to, sometimes, having someone else to-- you know, someone who you can talk. And one of the resources that we have here on campus that I found really useful is the Counseling Center because you know that there's always someone there who is willing to help you and try to see how are you feeling. And I think that's really important for students. Because sometimes being that far away from home, it's just so difficult, and you just want someone there, a friend, who is there for you.

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