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Frequently Asked Questions

Health Promotion

FAQ Plus IconWhat services do you offer and how much do they cost?

All services offered are free (with the exception of classes offered through the Wellness Instructional Program) and include:

  • Free, confidential individual counseling/consultations for personal wellness assistance
  • General health information and referral to other campus resources
  • Formal and informal classes
  • Special presentations for academic classes or campus residences
FAQ Plus IconWhat wellness issues do you address?
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Contraception
  • Eating Disorders
  • Nutrition
  • Referrals to other campus resources
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress Reduction
  • Supplement Usage
FAQ Plus IconHow can I make an appointment?
  • Stop by our offices located on the 2nd floor of the August Center
  • Phone: (585) 475-3963
  • E-mail:

Wellness Education

FAQ Plus IconAre these classes required as part of my major?

The classes offered through the program are not required for your particular major but they are a graduation requirement for all students.  Students earning a bachelor’s degree are required to take 2 different courses or 2 different levels of a course (example:  Pilates and Advanced Pilates).  Students earning an associate’s degree are required to take 2 wellness course.

FAQ Plus IconWhat classes are available and how much do they cost?
Courses are offered in the following disciplines:
  • Health and Wellness Seminars (WHWS)
  • Dance (WDAN)
  • Fitness (WFIT)
  • Recreation (WREC)
  • Life Support and Safety (WHLS)
  • Outdoor Education (WINT)
  • Martial Arts (WMAR)
The first 2 wellness courses are paid for by the University up to a total of $190.  Many students choose to take numerous classes during their RIT career and the course fees for most of classes are $95.  

Fitness Lab

FAQ Plus IconWhat services does the lab provide and how much do they cost?

There are two main services offered; Fitness Evaluation and Exercise Program Creation.  Both services are $10.  The Fitness Evaluation service provides an individual with a comprehensive report of their current physical fitness level based on the 5 areas of health related fitness.  The Exercise Program Creation service provides an individual with a personalized fitness program tailed to meet the individual’s goals and interests.

FAQ Plus IconWho can access these services?

The lab provides services to RIT students, faculty and staff as well as the greater Rochester community.  RIT students and greater Rochester community members can access appointment scheduling through the Fitness Lab’s website.  RIT faculty and staff should schedule appointments through the Better Me program.

FAQ Plus IconWhere is the lab located?

The lab is located in the Hale-Andrews Center (HAC/23) on the lower level.  It is adjacent to the indoor cycling and lower level dance studio.

FAQ Plus IconHow do I make an appointment?

Appointments can be made via the Fitness Lab website (RIT students and Rochester community members) or through the Better Me program (RIT faculty and staff).What services does the lab provide 

General Facility Questions

FAQ Plus IconWhere can I find facilities hours?
FAQ Plus IconWhat do I need to bring to use the facilities?

You will need to provide your valid RIT ID for access and appropriate workout clothing.  Shirt and proper footwear are required.

FAQ Plus IconWho can use the facilities?

RIT recreation memberships are available to the RIT community, alumni, family, and friends. Membership includes the use of the Student Life Center (SLC), Field House, multi-level fitness center, aquatics center, tennis courts, nature trails, and outdoor fields. Members must present their valid RIT ID for access into the facilities. Red Barn Climbing memberships are sold separately.  More information is available:

FAQ Plus IconWhat equipment is available for rental?

Various types of equipment (towels, locks, basketballs, racquets, etc.) can be loaned out from the SLC Equipment Cage with a valid RIT ID.

FAQ Plus IconWho is eligible for the SLC family membership rate?

The SLC family membership rate applies to spouses, domestic partners and dependent children (under the age of 26) only.

FAQ Plus IconWhen do incoming freshmen and transfer students receive free access to the recreation facilities?

Access to the recreation facilities for incoming freshmen and transfer students begins 1 week prior to the start of the semester.

Aquatics Center

FAQ Plus IconWhen is the pool open?

M-F 6:45am - 8:45am, noon to 1:45pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm

Sat & Sun 2:30pm - 4:30pm, 6:30pm - 10:30pm

We post break and summer hours

Pool also may be closed for special events (ex. swim meets) so please check the SLC web site

FAQ Plus IconWhat kind of bathing suit attire is allowed?

All patrons must have on swim wear. The type of swim wear is up to the discretion of the individual.  Everyone must be appropriately covered at all times.

Things that are allowed at the pool include:

  • Any article of clothing that was designed for swim use that is chlorine proof and colorfast.
  • One Piece Bathing Suit
  • Two Piece Bathing Suit
  • Swim Shorts
  • Swim Skirts
  • Swimming Trunks
  • Swim Shirt
  • Full Swim Suit
  • Wet Suit

Things that are not allowed in the pool area include but are not limited to:

  • Underwear
  • Sports bras
  • Cotton clothing
  • Jeans
  • Gym shorts, Cut offs
  • Jackets
  • T-Shirts
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • See through bathing suits when wet
  • Clothing with buttons or zippers
  • Any type of street clothes

Self-Assessment of attire…… is not allowed if

  • you would wear your attire to the gym, during land sports, or running
  • your swim trunks have no netting/lining
  • you wear underwear with your swim trunks
  • your spandex can be used for land sports
  • it is bought in the underwear department

You will be asked to change or leave if:

  • You are in unacceptable swim wear
  • You have been wearing your swimwear for land exercising immediately prior to pool use.
  • You are a repeat offender to the dress code
  • You are wearing anything cotton
  • You are not appropriately covered
FAQ Plus IconIs there equipment or toys available to use?

Kickboards, fins, paddles.  Pool walking/running belts for the lap pool   Rec -pool   we a have water basketball and noodles

Fitness Center

FAQ Plus IconHow do I learn how to use this facility?

We offer a free service called Fitness Center Basics: How to get started.  View our website for details on how to make an appointment. 

FAQ Plus IconCan I hire a Personal Trainer?

Yes. The Wellness Instructional Program provides a "Personal Training" course (1109-014) as part of the Fitness discipline. Students can register using SIS, and the course follows the academic schedule. This course can be used toward the Wellness graduation requirement. For more information on the Personal Training course, contact Michelle Schrouder.

FAQ Plus IconWhat kinds of equipment do you have?

This two-story 16,000 square foot area features a full range of selectorized machines, free weights, cardiovascular equipment, functional training space and a large stretching area.


FAQ Plus IconWhat intramural sports are available?

This fall we are offering indoor and outdoor soccer, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, flag football, softball, broomball, ice hockey, cricket, pickleball, and tennis.

FAQ Plus IconHow can I join an intramural team?

Current full-time registered students, as well as faculty, staff, and alumni with a current SLC membership can register at There you willl see an orange Intramurals Sign Up link, which will take you to IM Leagues. You may be prompted, once, to create an account on IMLeagues so that your name will show up on any roster you join. Once you are signed in with your RIT username and password, you can register a team or sign up as a "free agent."

Outdoor Education

FAQ Plus IconWhat types of programs do you offer and is prior experience necessary?

Outdoor Education offers over 50 different outdoor and adventure-related Wellness Instructional Courses such as Backpacking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Snowshoeing, and Mountain Biking. We also offer more unique classes such as Intro to Bees and Bee Keeping, Maple Syrup and Our Environment, Wilderness First Aid, and Wilderness Survival. View Wellness Course descriptions on SIS under topic “WINT- Outdoor Education” for any pre-requisites or required abilities.

The Red Barn Climbing gym has over 6,000 square feet of bouldering terrain and is appropriate for anyone that has the ability to climb a ladder.

We also have a bike shop in the basement of Monroe Hall, the FACEtime outdoor pre-orientation program for incoming freshmen (part of DiscoveRIT), team-building programs for RIT groups, and a variety of other events and programs. 

Find full details on our webpage here:

FAQ Plus IconAre the programs free?

Outdoor Education does offer periodic free programs to RIT students. These are announced via Message Center and via our Facebook pages here:,, and

Outdoor Education course fees are indicated on SIS in the Course Notes. Look under topic “WINT-Outdoor Education” for our classes.

Red Barn Climbing gym fees are outlines here:

Our Bike Shop is brand new and fees and other details will be posted here:

FAQ Plus IconIs transportation provided for the off-campus classes?

Outdoor Education course descriptions on SIS indicate whether transportation is provided for a particular class. Classes that travel outside of Rochester typically provide transportation. Some classes that only travel locally do not.