The University of Arizona is home to the best college recreation center in the country, according to one website., which offers information about how to get the most value in a college degree, reviewed campus recreation facilities across the country and released a list of the 20 most impressive college gyms and recreation centers. Recreation centers were evaluated on their LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, the number of design and industry awards won, and the number of square feet per student enrolled. Facilities also were judged based on "wow" factor, amenities that go beyond what is traditionally offered in a fitness center, according to the website.

The University of Arizona's Campus Recreation Center was chosen because of its numerous awards, LEED Platinum certification, sand volleyball courts and bouldering wall.

The university recreation facilities on the list are:

1. University of Arizona's Campus Recreation Center
2. Virginia Commonwealth University's Cary Street Gym
3. Colorado State University's Student Recreation Center
4. California State University, Northridge's Student Recreation Center
5. (tie) Illinois State University's Student Fitness Center
5. (tie) Ohio State University's Recreation and Physical Activity Center
7. (tie) California State University, Long Beach's Student Recreation and Wellness Center
7. (tie) University of Iowa's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
9. (tie) Morehead State University's Recreation and Wellness Center
9. (tie) University of Maine's New Balance Student Recreation Center
11. Drexel University's Recreation Center
12. (tie) California State University, Fullerton's Student Recreation Center
12. (tie) Eastern Washington University's University Recreation Center
12. (tie) Rice University, David and Barbara Gibbs Recreation Center
12. (tie) University of Colorado at Colorado Springs's Campus Recreation Center
16. (tie) Montclair State University's Student Recreation Center
16. (tie) University of Missouri's MizzouRec
16. (tie) University of Pennsylvania's David Pottruck Health and Fitness Center
16. (tie) University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Kress Events Center
20. University of Texas–Pan American's Wellness and Recreational Sports Facility