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Sports and Recreation

Exercise is essential for good health and well-being. It’s especially important for students, who spend much of the day sitting. We make sure that students have ample time for exercise, and we provide a wide variety of options, facilities, and resources.

Recreation Center

The Rec Center is a 60,000-square-foot indoor facility, one of the largest indoor university sports facilities in the state of Iowa. Facilities inside include:

  • Running track
  • Tennis courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Basketball courts
  • 28-foot rock climbing wall
  • Weight room
  • Gymnastics center
  • Ping-pong tables
  • and more…



The MUM pool

MUM has an outdoor swimming pool, open June to September, to complement the indoor pool in Fairfield that is open all year long. Adjacent to MUM’s pool is a sand volleyball court, open year-round. Waterworks Park, adjacent to the MUM campus, has a freshwater swimming lake with sandy beach, playground, shelter, picnic area, and restrooms.


Eager for adventure? The Department of Exercise and Sport Science offers three-day trips (on weekends between courses). These exhilarating, professionally supervised adventures include:

  • Alpine skiing
  • Rock climbing in scenic Iowa
  • White water kayaking the Wolf River’s
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Horseback riding
  • Long canoe trips, and
  • Sailboarding the wide lakes of the midwest

There is also a special camping trip for first-year students held in early September.


Six outdoor tennis courts on the eastern part of campus complement our four indoor courts in the Rec Center.


Dance classes are held in the Argiro Student Center’s dance studio, featuring hardwood sprung dance floors. Dance classes are available in ballet, improv, modern, jazz, aerobics, salsa and other Latin dances, tango, and other ballroom dance genres. Many of these classes can be used for academic credit.


There is also a soccer stadium, the home field of the university soccer team. Our players represent as many as 16 countries, and our team has been three-time undefeated champion of its league.

Fairfield Loop Trail

Fairfield Loop Biking Trail

Fairfield’s 22-mile recreational trail system circles the west and north boundaries of the MUM campus, and passes through forests, prairies, woodlands, wetlands, over bridges, and more. It’s popular for walking, jogging, biking, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Cross-country skis are available from the Rec Center.

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Different Sport Options

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Fitness training
  • Aerobics
  • Badminton
  • Running
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Rock climbing
  • Weight conditioning
  • Windsurfing
  • and more…

Our Indoor Facilities Include

Archery Range
Basketball Courts, also used for soccer, ultimate frisbee, and rollerblades
Batting Cage
Gymnastics Center
Rock Climbing Wall (28 feet)
Table Tennis (2 tournament tables)
Track (4-lane, 1/10 mile)
Tennis Courts (4)
Traversing Wall
Volleyball Courts (4)
Weight Room (Cybex)

Our Outdoor Facilities Include

Beach Volleyball Courts
Soccer Field (2)
Swimming Pool (25-meter)
Tennis Courts (6)
Public Lake and Park with Biking Trails adjacent to campus
Indoor Equipment Available for Checkout
Badminton Rackets
Floor Hockey Sticks
Jump Ropes
Tennis Racquets
Tennis Ball Machine
Table Tennis

Outdoor Equipment Available for Checkout

Cross Country Skis and Boots
Ice Skates
Life Jackets

Fun Videos to Watch

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Recreation Center

Visual tour of The MUM Recreation Center

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Pool Party Welcome Weekend

Maharishi University of Management throws its annual Pool Party for new students.

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MUM Base Camp 2012

The MUM Basecamp is a great peer bonding experience in a natural setting