NC State student working out at Carmichael Gym

Facts and Figures

Our reach on campus extends far and wide. Through partnership and collaboration, we are able to share the message of wellness to all members of the Wolfpack community.

  • More than 25,000 NC State students participated in Wellness and Recreation, including 80 percent of undergraduate students.
  • Carmichael Complex had 1,294,287 visits during the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Wellness and Recreation annually employs 650 NC State students.
  • 90 percent of students living on-campus participated in Wellness and Recreation programs and services.
Make Your Gift

Support Movement

Wellness and Recreation plays a critical role in creating a healthy Wolfpack community that values student wellness and understands its impact on student achievement, degree completion and alumni success.

Our facilities, services and programs address many of the top impediments to academic success and assist students in acquiring the skills and resilience needed to thrive in college and beyond. Our goal to inspire a culture of wellness begins with the embodiment of the Think and Do spirit.

NC State students working together to flip a tire on Miller Fields

The Impact of Wellness

Since 1961, Carmichael has been the central hub for the health, wellness and physical education for the NC State community. More than 80 percent of NC State undergraduate students participate in Wellness and Recreation programs and services with more than one million individuals visiting the facility annually.

Data indicates stress, sleep deprivation, anxiety and depression are four of the top five academic impediments affecting NC State students. Research continues to show that exercise improves neurological and cognitive abilities which helps to ease mental health ailments.

Wellness and Recreation has adopted several programs — including Exercise is Medicine® -On Campus and wellness coaching to strategically combat these issues. In partnership with the Counseling Center and Student Health Services, these programs allow physicians and clinicians to prescribe exercise for students to alleviate mental health and chronic disease symptoms. Both programs focus on developing adherence and sustainable healthy behaviors through education and empowerment.

About Wellness and Recreation

The $45 million, 82,000 sq. ft. Wellness and Recreation Center will provide and enhance much-needed fitness and wellness spaces that will be welcoming, open, accessible and sustainable.

Wellness and Recreation also continues to provide traditional, high-impact programs that allow students to connect, engage and find their place at NC State in a healthy, active way. Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Adventures programs are more popular than ever, and continue to play a significant role in the out-of-classroom student experience.

The Impact of Giving

Campaign Priorities

NC State Wellness and Recreation student employee

Extraordinary Opportunity

Student development is integral to the success of our organization. We employ more than 650 students employees annually who embody our vision for well-being, empowering them to develop skills in problem-solving, communication and decision making. The Wellness and Recreation Friends and Family Student Employee Scholarship provides financial assistance to student employees that embody well-being.

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The Wellness and Recreation Friends and Family Student-Employee scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to two undergraduate student-employee who uphold the mission, encourage and inspire to live active and well, are respected by student employees and peers for leadership qualities and innovation, are reliable and willing to contribute to the success of the team and serve as a role model for healthy and balanced living.

Meet the 2018-19 Scholarship Recipients

Lite Lim

Lite Lim

Business Administration

Class of 2019

Sports Programs scorekeeper, supervisor and program assistant

"Working at Wellness and Recreation has been the biggest influence of my time at NC State so far. I've met so many people and developed skills that will carry on."
Victoria Patterson

Victoria Patterson

Agricultural Business Management

Class of 2020

Member Services specialist

"Wellness and Recreation has done so much for me with increasing my confidence, giving me an outlet and giving me job experience while I’m in school."
NC State students playing pool battleship

Extraordinary Experience

Our goal to inspire a thriving Wolfpack community starts with our programs and services. Your support helps connect students to a variety of programs and opportunities that enhance academic success by developing skills and resilience needed for college and beyond.

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  • $1,000 annual gift or $50,000 endowment would provide 12 students with five hours of prescribed exercise personal training sessions each year through the Exercise is Medicine® program.
  • $1,000 annual gift or $50,000 endowment would provide 12 students with five hours of one on one wellness coaching sessions each year.
  • Annual gifts or endowment funds that support the operating costs of Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Fitness, Outdoor Adventures and/or special events such as RecFest and the Midnight Howl and Run.
  • $15,000 annual gift would support university-wide student wellness initiatives that include but are not limited to:
  • $1,000 annually or $25,000 endowment would provide 12 students with five hours of one on one wellness coaching sessions each year.
Rendering of Carmichael Wellness and Recreation Center

Extraordinary Places

Our goal is to provide a central hub for wellness on campus. Inspiring the next generation of thinkers and doers requires a state-of-the-art facility. Your support will help ensure that the impact on student fees is minimized for all future wellness endeavors.

Three major naming opportunities for Wellness and Recreation:
  • The $45 million, 82,0000 sq. ft. Wellness and Recreation Center. Construction will start summer 2018 and expected to open 2020.
  • The existing 42,500 sq. ft. Recreation Center, opened in 2007, includes strength and conditioning spaces, multipurpose fitness and teaching studios, outdoor adventures rental area center and classroom/meeting spaces.
  • The Carmichael Gymnasium Renovation completed in 2016, to update locker rooms, expand fitness spaces and improve the “look and feel” of existing corridors and user spaces. These address accessibility and safety deficiencies.