Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Marshall University Recreation Center.

Rates & Eligibility

What are the membership fees?
Fees are different for all membership types. See a full list of Rates and Eligibility.

How do I pay the student membership fees?
Student membership fees of $206 per semester are most often paid via a student’s tuition, on a credit hour basis. Anyone taking more than 1 credit hour at Marshall University may be eligible. If you are unsure whether you have Recreation Center access, please call the Rec at (304) 696-4732 to find out. Please have your 901 number available at the time of your call. Learn more about Student Memberships on our Rates and Eligibility page.

Can students opt out of paying the membership fees?
Students may not opt out of paying the University assessed fees for the Recreation Center.

Can members of the community join?
Yes. Community members that wish to become members of the Rec Center must have an affiliation to Marshall University as Alumni, Marshall University Faculty/Staff, Affiliates or Associates. For questions about eligibility, please contact the Rec Center at (304) 696-4732 or visit the Welcome Desk or ProShop located in the Rec Center lobby.

If I forget my ID can the desk attendant just look me up by typing in my 901 #?
Members are required to bring either their Marshall University/Mountwest ID’s or key tags to swipe in at the front desk. Patrons may forget their ID’s up to 3 times per semester, and once those have been used, the patron will be required to purchase a guest pass. Patrons can also download the Marshall Rec Account App for use when entering the facility as an alternate I.D.

How do I get affiliated?
Potential members that are not affiliated with Marshall University may become affiliated by making a monetary donation to the Big Green Scholarship Foundation or to the Alumni Association. You must have earned at least 1 credit hour at Marshall to join the Alumni Association. The donation form is located at the ProShop for your convenience.

Can I freeze or cancel my membership at any time?
Members are able to freeze their memberships twice per year for up to 3 months each time. The freezes may not happen consecutively, and 30 days’ notice is required.

How do I cancel my membership? 
Cancellation forms must be completed and returned at the Pro Shop and submitted at least 30 days in advance. The forms are located on the website under rates & eligibility or located at the Pro Shop. Members understand that their membership is non-refundable and non-transferable. All payroll deduction (Full-time Faculty/Staff only) or Auto Draft memberships are on a monthly basis and can only be canceled at the request of the member on or before the 20th of each month. Failure to do so will result in membership renewal for the following month. It is the member’s responsibility to notify campus recreation immediately of any changes in bank/credit card information or payroll deduction. Campus Recreation will charge a $10 penalty if your credit/debit card is declined for any reason. Cancellation forms must be submitted at least 30 days in advance.

What benefits do I get as a Silver Sneakers or Silver and Fit member member?
As a Silver Sneakers or Silver and Fit member, patrons may purchase any other service at the Recreation Center at the member price. Patrons with these membership types have full access to the facility.

How do I obtain my on-line credentials?
To obtain your online credentials please email the Rec Center at or call the Welcome Desk at (304) 696-4732.

Employment Opportunities

How can I work for the Rec?
If you are interested in working at the Recreation Center, please apply online. Jobs are filled on an as needed basis. For more information visit our Employment Opportunities page.


Where can I park?
Parking is located at the lot on 20th Street and 5th Avenue across from the Rec. Parking permits are required by the Marshall University Parking office. Meters are located in the annex lot located directly across 20th Street in the first row.

Where can I get a parking pass at the Rec?
Parking passes can be purchased at the Recreation Center ProShop. Eligible members can fill out an application to purchase a pass at the ProShop, and the pass is valid for one (1) calendar year beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30. Parking passes are not prorated.

General Information

Where is the Rec located?
402 Thundering Herd Drive, Huntington WV, 25755. Get directions to The Rec on Google Maps.

Where do I enter the building?
The entrance of the Rec Center faces the turf field and First Year Residence Halls.

What are the hours of operation?
Break and specific area hours of operation be found on the Hours Of Operation page.

How can I find out if the Rec is still operating during inclement weather?
If inclement weather exists, we will remain open regular hours unless announced otherwise. Certain areas of the facility may close due to safety precautions. The quickest way to find out about closures and other messages is by following the Rec Center on social media. Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter @MURecreation.

Can I purchase a guest pass for a friend or family member?
Yes, members can sponsor a guest by purchasing a guest pass for $10 at the ProShop. Students can purchase a guest pass for $10. Guest passes for children under the age of 16 are $6.

How many laps around the track equal a mile?
The Recreation Center track is 1/7 of a mile long, patrons must circle the track 7 times to reach 1 mile.

Why can I only bring water into the facility?
In an effort to keep the facility as clean as possible, only water is allowed in the facility. Food and drinks are permitted in the lobby only.

How do I get to the pool from the front desk?
The pool can be accessed through the locker rooms past the showers. It can also be accessed through the hallway that leads from the base of the stairs by the elevator on the first floor through to the Family/Gender Neutral Changing rooms. We recommend that patrons with small children use the family changing rooms.

Does the rec provide locker and/or towel services?
Patrons are able to rent lockers for their personal use. They are available to rent on a semester/yearly basis. Large shower towels are available to anyone who currently has locker service. Please see the Welcome Desk to rent a locker.

What equipment is free to rent?
Patrons are eligible to rent equipment at the equipment checkout desk located at the Welcome Desk. The following items are available: basketballs, racquetball rackets, tennis rackets, volleyballs, indoor and outdoor soccer balls, foosballs, badminton rackets, footballs and table tennis paddles.


Is the pool open to the public during birthday parties/pool rentals?
Yes, the pool is open for use during parties that are scheduled during open pool hours.

When can the vortex be utilized?
Monday through Friday after 4pm, Saturday starting at noon, and Sunday starting at 1pm.

How do I sign up for swim lessons?
Patrons may register for Group Swim Lessons online, or by visiting the Recreation Center ProShop. Private lessons are also available, please visit the Recreation Center ProShop to get started.

Outdoor Pursuits

How much is it to climb the rock wall?
A try climb cost $3 and includes 2 climbs up the wall. You must be a member or purchase a guest pass fee to gain access to the building. The climbing fee is an additional fee.

Belay Certifications are available and enables patrons to climb without paying the try climb fee. Register for Belay Certifications online or learn more about costs on our Climbing & Bouldering Wall page.

Competitive Sports

How do I sign up for Intramurals?
Students, faculty and staff of Marshall University may sign up for Intramurals by visiting


What fitness classes are free with my membership?
See the complete Schedule of Fitness classes online. Classes are subject to change due to low participation.

What are Premium fitness classes?
Premium fitness classes are available for members and non-members for a fee. These classes are progressive, require specialized equipment, and instructor certifications. Members receive Premium Classes at a discounted member rate. View a listing of our Premium Fitness classes and a printable schedule online.

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Where can I go for more information?
Please browse the Campus Recreation website at or call us at (304) 696-4732.