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Recreational Services

The Recreational Services program at the University of Portland provides fitness and wellness opportunities to the UP community. With a beautiful recreation center that opened in 2015 and a growing list of offerings, we strive to be a positive influence on the physical and mental well-being of our campus community. Whether you're all-in or testing the waters, we're glad to have you with us! If you're looking for a workout, we offer a full weight room, cardio loft, studios, climbing gym, functional training areas and gyms. If you're zipping in between classes or staying awhile, we have lots to offer to help you stay fit.

New!  Self-defense course focusing on self-awareness, empowerment and physical strategies
Sundays, November 10, 17 & 24, 4:30-6:00pm 
Sign up: Class is FREE and open to UP students only.
Links to sign-up will be available on our fitness page.

The course will teach awareness and boundary setting, verbal assertiveness, bystander intervention, and physical self defense strategies for both stranger and acquaintance situations. This is a course designed to build confidence and empowerment to protect and defend yourself. The class is active so participants should wear clothing they will feel comfortable moving in.

Our programs include outdoor pursuits, fitness & wellness, intramural sports and climbing. Our bike shop can get you on the road with one of our rentals or by repairing your bike. The Equipment Center in Outdoor Pursuits has great outdoor equipment so you can explore. The Office of Student Activities works with sport clubs which are groups of students interested in playing and competing in a specific sport. They practice together and compete against other universities and clubs. Some UP sport clubs are ultimate, volleyball, soccer and lacrosse. To learn more, please contact student activities at 503.943.7470 or

Learn about our Pilot Fit class in this video by the UP Beacon.

If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in any of our activities, please contact the director of recreational services at 503.943.7177.

photo of Cassidy Smith

Cassidy Smith - Class of 2020

"It’s my meditation. You can’t think about anything else. You have to have direct intentional focus."

Learn more about Cassidy Smith