MSU ranked among ‘20 great recreation centers at small colleges’

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MOREHEAD – Morehead State University has been ranked among the top 20 great recreation centers at small colleges by Great Value Colleges. The ranking was published on the organization’s website. MSU ranked fourth.

The top 20 great recreation centers at small colleges were selected and ranked based on total number of points. Points were assigned based on the following criteria: affordability (net cost); awards and recognition (international/national accolades); other recognition (inclusion on other noteworthy “top college recreation centers” lists and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification); and notable features (such as a rock climbing wall, spa amenities, beach volleyball, historical relevance, etc.).

One of the top tier regional public universities in the South, Morehead State University is located in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest. MSU is home to more than 11,000 students and offers classes on campus, at regional campus centers in Ashland, Mount Sterling, Prestonsburg, the University Center of the Mountains, and online.

“At Morehead State, we are committed to providing students with the best opportunities available, from our small class sizes and high quality academic programs to our exciting student life and state-of-the-art campus facilities,” said Max Ammons, assistant vice president and dean of students. “We’re thrilled to have our campus Recreation and Wellness Center included in this ranking of great recreation centers.”

MSU’s state-of-the-art Recreation and Wellness Center cost $24 million, but was 100 percent funded by the students, according to the school. The 100,000-square-foot building houses three basketball courts, a competition size pool with a zip line and vortex, a second outdoor swimming pool with a sun deck, walking track, more than 100 machines, racquetball courts, and more. Completed in 2011, this certified LEED Silver rec center won the Outstanding Sports Facilities award from Recreation Management magazine in 2012 and was featured in Athletic Business’ Architectural Showcase.

Great Value Colleges is a premier website that assists students in finding the best degree, school, career options, and resources for a chosen degree and career. From program rankings to degree offerings by state, Great Value Colleges helps students get the best possible education for their money. The site addresses relevant topics, answers frequently asked questions, and offers tips and information related to the entire process.

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Additional information on the Recreation and Wellness Center is available by calling 606-783-2083 or visit

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