Penn State is the fifth-most fit college in the country, and the most fit non-military academy or senior military college, according to the annual rankings from The Active Times.
Last year, we were the ninth-most fit, so the ongoing Intramural Building renovation must be paying off. The only schools Penn State ranks behind are The Citdael, Texas A&M, the Naval Academy, and West Point, all of which have some military affiliation.
Here’s what the website has to say on Penn State:
Moving up four spots from its rank at number nine last year, Penn State scored high on our list thanks to its A+ athletic programs, which offer students seemingly endless opportunities to participate in a variety of different sports at all levels. According to College Prowler, Penn State ranks 17 in the site’s most active varsity sports category, and with top-of-the-line fitness facilities it’s easy, even for non-athletes, to make exercise an important part of campus life. “I have had very good experiences in the gyms and athletic facilities. They are clean, well manned, well stocked, and very accommodating,” one student wrote in an online review.
Some other Big Ten schools dotted the list, including Ohio State (No. 11), Michigan State (No. 15), and Indiana (No. 19). To compile the rankings, The Active Times considered the number and success of sports programs, the quality of on-campus food, the quality of athletic facilities, quality of life rankings, professional dietary advice, proximity to outdoor recreation, and campus-wide fitness programs.