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Fitness Options

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation provides students, faculty and staff with a full range of recreational programs that aim to improve the quality of life on campus. Opportunities for participation include intramural activities, more than 35 sport clubs, group and instructional classes, wellness programs and informal recreation. Dillon Gym facilities include four multi-use courts, squash courts, group fitness rooms, a dance studio, martial arts room, spinning room, a pool for recreational swimming and on-site massage therapy. The Stephens Fitness Center at Dillon Gym houses an extensive inventory of selectorized machines and cardiovascular equipment, and personal training is also available. The Cardio Annex offers an additional area dedicated solely to cardiovascular equipment. Membership at Dillon Gym may be required and is offered to faculty and staff at a reduced price. Additional fees may apply.

Princeton Start! Walking

The Start! Walking initiative aims to encourage members of the Princeton community to get active every day. Regular physical activity through walking can energize your daily routine and offer health benefits. Options may include joining an organized walking group and participating in semiannual fun walks held on Princeton’s campus. All fitness levels are encouraged to Start! Walking, and no pre-registration is required. For more information, visit Campus Recreation.

Pedestrian Accommodations

Walking and biking are great ways of getting active on a daily basis, and are encouraged by Transportation and Parking Services. The Princeton campus includes many pleasant bike paths and walkways. Future improvements and expansions to Princeton’s bike and sidewalk network are included in the Campus Plan.

Princeton Partner Discounts for Local Fitness Facilities

Beyond the campus are numerous local facilities that offer fitness options, many with discounts for Princeton faculty, staff and students.

Outdoor Action

The Outdoor Action program offers trips and skills training in hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, outdoor leadership, wilderness first aid and CPR. All members of the University community are welcome to participate in all of Outdoor Action’s activities. For information on upcoming trips and programs or to register, visit Outdoor Action.

Outdoor Action Climbing Wall

Outdoor Action operates a state-of-the art indoor rock climbing wall as a recreational, instructional, and team building facility. Climbers of all abilities are welcome. Experienced instructors are on hand to teach basic skills, and OA offers various rock climbing classes and clinics. The Climbing Wall is open to Princeton students, faculty and staff and is free for undergraduates and graduate students. Children of members of the University community may climb with a parent present. PUID is required.

The Climbing Wall is located inside the southeast column on the second level of the football stadium (closest to Denunzio Pool). OA provides harness and climbing shoes. Departments, student organizations, sports teams, etc. can book a private climbing activity by e-mailing Eric Cielinski at ecielins@princeton.edu. The Climbing Wall is open throughout the academic year except during breaks and final exams. For more information on rock climbing courses and trips visit Outdoor Action Climbing Program.

  • Monday, 8 p.m.–10 p.m.
  • Tuesday - Friday, 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

    EXCEPT DURING READING PERIOD AND FINAL EXAMS

    Climbing Wall Open Hours During Final Exams: 

  • Mondays - 8:00 - 10:00 PM
  • Wednesdays & Fridays - 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Athletics

Whether you are a devoted spectator or a member of a team, varsity athletics offers many ways to get active and involved in the Princeton community. A wide variety of men’s and women’s teams can be seen in action throughout the year. Student-varsity athletes are provided with high-quality sports medicine and health care, targeted to help prevent and manage athletic-related injuries and illnesses, as well as educate about good health maintenance and injury care. Sport clubs and intramural sports are other ways students can enjoy staying active in organized sports.