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Center for Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics

The Center for Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics offers physical education courses and comprehensive recreation, intramural, and intercollegiate athletics programs that provide instruction, fitness, leisure, competition, health, camaraderie, and fun at the college’s expansive athletic facilities.

The Physical Education Curriculum
The physical education curriculum places major emphasis on the acquisition of knowledge and skills in lifetime activities. Self-discovery and physical development are underlying themes, and students maintain the freedom to progress at an individual pace and level of accomplishment. Courses in outdoor activities, aquatics, racquet sports, fitness, weight training, health, and safety are available on a rotating basis. One to two credits in health and wellness, currently required in the undergraduate core curriculum at Purchase College, may be earned through approved physical education courses and membership on intercollegiate athletic teams.

Note: In some academic years, the college may not be able to offer a full complement of physical education courses for credit. Lack of availability of credit courses will not prevent students from graduating in a timely fashion. For waivers, students should consult the registrar or the office of their school or conservatory.

Athletic Facilities
The modern gymnasium houses a six-lane pool with a 13.5-foot diving well and four diving boards, a state-of-the-art fitness center, three basketball courts, four racquetball courts, two aerobic studios, and two indoor batting cages. Additional facilities include an equipment/information center and locker rooms equipped with saunas and showers.

Outdoor facilities include 14 all-weather tennis courts, six of which are lighted for evening play; two multipurpose turf fields featuring a state-of-the-art baseball facility; a cross-country trail and a 3.1-mile running loop; and expansive athletic grass fields, including a softball diamond, which are the sites for outdoor intramural and intercollegiate competition.

For updates during 2016–2018 and information on the intercollegiate athletics, intramural, and recreation/fitness programs, please visit

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