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University Recreation


Closed for Staff Training

We are closed 9/6-9/19 for staff training and opening with Fall hours on 9/20.

Fall Office Hours beginning 9/20

Monday 10am-3pm
Tuesday 6-9pm
Wenesday 3-8pm
Thursday 3-7pm

Join us for Camp the Quad with us this September and welcome in the new school year!



OAR offers intentional outdoor recreational opportunities to the students of Seattle University, while enhancing leadership, building community, and caring for the beautiful landscapes of the Northwest in the spirit of adventure.

In living this mission, the program strives to:

  • Develop responsible student leaders through experiential learning, emphasizing a commitment to healthful outdoor recreation, as well as risk management and environmental stewardship.
  • Promote an interest in outdoor recreation that encourages the lifelong physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual development of our students.
  • Provide inclusive opportunities for participants of all experience levels to foster community, especially for persons not regularly represented in the outdoors.

Student Leaders plan and facilitate trips focused on these six programming areas:


To be an integral part of the Seattle University experience and a campus resource by:

  • Creating opportunities to gain leadership experience in trip planning, risk assessment, situational awareness, group facilitation, teamwork skills, and crisis management.
  • Pursuing collaboration opportunities across Seattle University campus with other programs, offices, and academic departments.
  • Organizing annual OAR trademark events and trips that are infused with the culture of--becoming quintessential to--the Seattle University experience.


OAR provides a variety of outdoor gear available for rent by Seattle University students, faculty, and staff.

 "The mountains can be reached in all seasons. They offer a fighting chance to heart, soul and mind, both in summer and winter. If throughout time the youth of the nation accept the challenge the mountains offer, they will help keep alive in our people the spirit of adventure. The spirit is a measure of the vitality of both nations and men. A people who climb the ridges and sleep under the stars in high mountain meadow, who enter the forest and scale peaks, who explore glaciers and walk ridges buried deep in snow. These people will give their country some of the indomitable spirit of the mountains." - William O. Douglas, of Men and Mountain


Crystal's OAR Experience