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Department of Recreation Administration


The Recreation Administration Department at Fresno State empowers students to take a whole body approach to improving their quality of life through education and personal involvement in recreation. Our faculty and students are dedicated to helping our communities live well.


Below are some great stories on this in action!

In 2015, WalletHub conducted a study about the best and worst cities for recreation. They compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 27 key metrics.

Our own Dr. Jason Whiting was featured in WalletHub’s recent study, please click here to see this read this great piece.

Where does your city rank?


Our Department Chair, Dr. Samuel Lankford, has spent the last 23 years, along with his colleagues from the World Leisure Association, conducting research on the Arctic Winter Games.

This research has studied in-depth the positive social benefits communities experience as a result of hosting the Arctic Winter Games. Learn more about this research here!