MSU Board Greenlights Budget for New Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

After approving a $3.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2023-24, the MSU Board of Trustees authorized the development of a new student recreation and wellness center on campus.
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The recently approved MSU budget for fiscal year 2023-2024 covers funding for a new student recreation and wellness center. // Photo courtesy of MSU

After approving a $3.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2023-24, the MSU Board of Trustees authorized the development of a new student recreation and wellness center on campus.

The new center, which will be located on Shaw Lane, between Birch and Harrison roads, will replace IM West once it is fully completed, which is expected in February 2026. The facility will be designed to meet or exceed national intramural facility standards.

“This new top-tier intramural facility marks a significant stride in enhancing student success by promoting active lifestyles and fostering a sense of belonging,” says Vennie Gore, senior vice president for student life and engagement at MSU. “Supporting students’ health and well-being ensures they have the tools to flourish academically, personally and socially, paving the way for a more fulfilling experience on campus and beyond.”

The new 293,000-square-foot recreation center will replace the Intramural Recreational Sports West building with a modern structure and facilities that address student recreation and fitness needs with an eye toward future development.

It will include several gymnasiums and multiactivity courts; a turf arena; an indoor running track; strength and fitness studios; racket sport courts; two university classrooms; and locker and toilet rooms to meet gender-inclusive needs; and a 50-meter recreational pool to support simultaneous uses, including courses, water fitness and open swim.

Construction will commence in July.

“This budget is significant in a number of ways — we are investing more in financial aid, more in safety and security of our campus, and more in the world-class faculty and staff who transform the lives of our students,” says Rema Vassar, chair of MSU Board. “Through the leadership of the board and the administration, we are carrying forward the priorities of our strategic plan to create a safer, healthier, and more affordable university.”

As part of the approved budget, MSU is investing $224 million in student financial aid — a $16.4 million increase over last year.

For most lower-income students and families, the additional aid offsets the 3 percent increase in undergraduate tuition for the next academic year that trustees approved in June 2021. Students from households with an annual income of less than $75,000 will see no out-of-pocket increase in tuition spending.

The approved budget also includes a separate 3 percent tuition adjustment for most resident and nonresident graduate students for the next academic year.

In addition to increased financial aid spending, the budget includes $8 million in new investments in campus safety initiatives; student, faculty and staff health and well-being; and the Title IX office. Additionally, MSU is increasing its spending on faculty and staff compensation, in alignment with its strategic plan priorities for faculty and staff success.