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Wellness Center

Maintaining good health takes more than physical well-being. Maintaining balance, developing healthy lifelong habits and making good choices contribute to one's overall well-being and ultimately, academic success.

It's never too late to begin the journey to better health, and the Wellness Center is here to help you achieve whatever goal you have set for yourself. We have daily classes, personal trainers and state-of-the-art facilities that will provide you with all the tools necessary to reach your potential.

The Wellness Center is located directly north of the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.

Facility Hours

Thanksgiving Hours

Wellness Center Fall Hours
Monday - Thursday 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

More for Your Wellness

The Wellness Center is free to all USD students taking one or more USD credit hour. Our benefit eligible Faculty/Staff receive ½ off their membership fees. USD Values our community and is proud to offer community memberships to our facility. Community rates can be found below. 

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Rates & Fees

  Monthly Annual Full Annual (EFT)
Single $35 $350 $29.17
Couple $65 $650 $54.17
Family $75 $750 $62.50
Dependent Rate (per child)
*Guardian must have an additional membership
$10 $100 $8.33
Pool Only $20.83 $208.30 $17.38

*All memberships are subject to a 6.5% sales tax.
**USD Benefit Eligible Faculty/Staff receive a 50% discount on all memberships, as well as FREE pool memberships.

Locker Prices

Half - $75/year
Full - $100/year


Parking permits may be purchased at the USD Business Office in 207 Slagle Hall, or online.

Membership Forms

Interested in becoming a member? Print out the membership paperwork below and bring it to room 102 in the Wellness Center. It only takes 15 minutes of your time to get set up as a member! Be sure to view the Wellness Center policies before you join.

Membership Application

Renewing Memberships

Renewing your membership is easy. Once you have joined, you can renew your membership in a variety of ways.

  • Over the phone – Members can call with their credit or debit card information and register over the phone. (Member card information is not stored at the Wellness Center for security reasons).
  • Online – Memberships can be renewed online. You must log in and click on your username.  Membership information can be found by choosing profile. 
  • In-person – stop in room 102 at the Wellness Center to renew in person.  

Member Management

Members can manage their accounts online. Track visits, register for classes and more! Use our Wellness Center Member Portal or USDFit App.

Having issues linking your membership account?  Email

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates can be purchased for any amount and can be used toward any service. Whether you choose to purchase one for a membership, a rock wall party or any of our personal training services, the gift of fitness is always a great choice!

Guest Rates

  • Individual - $7.00 per visit  (Available for purchase online and on the USDFit app.)
  • Family - $20 per visit
  • Punch Pass – $56. Includes 10 entries. Punch Passes do not expire and can be used on multiple guests.

Health Care Reimbursement

Check with your insurance company to see if you can receive monetary incentives towards membership. If your insurance company is a member of one of these programs, you may be able to receive a discounted Wellness Center membership.

ASHLink (Silver & Fit)
The Silver & Fit Program is a Medicare or Medica related program designed for older adults. Visit the website to see if your insurance is part of this program.

Silver Sneakers
Silver Sneakers is program that provides seniors on Medicare with the opportunity to get a FREE membership to the USD Wellness Center. This membership includes access to any of the participating gyms in the network. The Wellness Center is just one of 15,000 locations that participate nationwide. Bring your Silver Sneakers membership card to get your membership set up at our facility.

National Independent Health Club Association (NICHA)
NIHCA partners with several insurance programs in the Midwest to provide you reimbursement towards your USD Wellness Center membership. Most programs will reimburse members up to $20 month just for visiting anywhere from 8-12 times. To enroll visit the NICHA rewards website.

Renew Active/One Pass by UnitedHealthcare

One Pass is a single membership that gives you access to a nationwide network of fitness locations, including the USD Wellness Center.  Renew active is a fitness program designed with the goal of helping Medicare members reach fitness goals and stimulate their brains.  This program is available with select UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans and includes a membership to the Wellness Center at no extra cost and online exercises and activities to support brain health.  To register for this program, go to to receive an enrollment number.  Bring this number and your insurance card to room 102 to sign up today!

Take a Tour

Climbing Wall

  • Reach for New Heights
  • 38 feet tall
  • 4,300 hold combinations
  • 9 rope stations

Functional Training Room

Take it to the Next Level

  • Tire Flipping
  • Prowler Sled
  • Heavy Bag
  • Soft Plyo Boxes
  • Weighted Rope
  • TRX Bands
  • Slam Balls
  • Additional unique equipment designed to increase your fitness level

A USD student rowing a weighted bag in the functional training room.

MAC Court

So Many Possibilities

  • Painted lines for basketball, volleyball, badminton and soccer
  • Soft floor for group fitness activities
  • Wired for scoreboard capabilities

Traditional Courts

Game On

  • Two wood floors courts
  • Painted lines for basketball and volleyball
  • Adjustable hoop heights
  • Wired for scoreboard capabilities
  • Small bleachers

Racquetball Court

Swing into Action

  • One wood floor racquetball court
  • Viewing area above
  • Equipped for racquetball and wallyball
  • Equipment available for checkout from the front desk

Large Fitness Room

Get Fit

  • Mirrored on two walls to give participants ability to watch form during activities
  • Large-screen TV and DVD system for workout videos
  • Equipped with kettlebells, weights, punching bags, mats and more
  • Ballet bars
  • Wireless microphone sounds system

Fitness Studios

Reach Your Goals

  • Mirrored on two walls to give participants ability to watch form during activities
  • Large-screen TV and DVD system for workout videos
  • Equipped with kettlebells, weights, punching bags, mats and more
  • Ballet bars
  • Wireless microphone sounds system

Cycling Room

Race to the Finish

  • 17 indoor bicycles set up for group fitness or individual fitness needs
  • Large theater screen for group fitness activities

Free Weights

Coyote Strong

  • Hammer Strength racks
  • Life Fitness multi-jungle
  • Iron Grip plates & dumbbell sets

A USD student deadlifting weights while another cheers them on.

Indoor Track

Rain or Shine, We've Got You Covered

  • 160-meters
  • Three-lane walking/jogging track

Cutting-Edge Workout Equipment

Helping You Achieve Your Fitness Goals

  • 10 Pre Core treadmills
  • 10 Pre Core elliptical machines
  • 3 Pre Core upright bikes
  • 1 Expresso bikes
  • 1 Helix Lateral Trainer
  • 4 Pre Core recumbent bikes
  • 4 Stairmaster stepmills
  • 2 Technogym ATM's
  • 2 Concept 2 rowing machines
  • 1 SciFit machine

A USD student teaching another how to box a punching bag.

Machine Weights

Stronger From Within

  • Technogym selectorized weight machines
  • Technogym Kinesis stations

Locker Rooms

Keep Your Belongings Safe & Secure

  • 6 shower stalls
  • 89 lockers with locks
  • Large mirrors
  • Digital scales

DakotaDome Pool

Swim Away the Stress

  • Open/lap swim
  • Water aerobics
  • Swimming lessons

The Wellness Center staff provides a variety of programming to keep our patrons motivated and on the right track.  Programs include Bootcamps, Red Cross Certifications, Youth Recreation Programs & Camps, Incentive Programs, Self-Improvement Courses and more.

View our Offerings

As a recreation facility that caters to students, faculty, staff and community users, following the rules and safety provisions set up by the Wellness Center is very important. A valid University ID card or registered membership is required to enter.

The Wellness Center is able to facilitate an array of activities such as: basketball, volleyball, flag football, racquetball, tennis, soccer, running/jogging, weight lifting, cardio machines, swimming, aerobics, yoga and spinning.

The following rules are in place for these activities:

  • Anyone under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Guest passes on a per visit basis are available for $7 with an ID and signed waiver.
  • No sandals, open-toed shoes or boots are allowed in any activity area.
  • Shirts are required at all times.  Chest and buttocks must be covered at all times.  
  • Cell phones are not allowed in open view in the men's or women's locker rooms.
  • No spitting on floors, walls, water fountains, restroom sinks, etc.
  • Headphones must be used with all personal radios and other electronic listening devices.
  • The possession, use and/or distribution of alcoholic beverages, drugs, tobacco products and dangerous weapons are not allowed in any facility, as defined by University Student Code of Conduct.
  • Bicycles must be stored in the racks provided outside the facilities (please lock your bike).
  • The Wellness Center is not responsible for any personal items left unattended and/or unsecured in any facility. Personal items may be locked in day-use lockers that are available in both the men's and women's locker rooms.
  • Outside groups or individuals will be prohibited from promoting or marketing a product or service that has not been endorsed by the University of South
  • Dakota or the USD Wellness Center.

The age following guidelines will be followed in regards to facility usage:

Ages 5 & Up

  • Utilize the rock wall with parent in pit

Ages 6 & Up

  • Utilize the track with supervision
  • Use the courts with supervision
  • Use the Dakotadome Pool with supervision

Ages 10-11

  • Attend Group Fitness classes if accompanied by a parent/legal guardian

Ages 12-13

  • Use cardio and weight equipment

Failure to abide by these policies and/or regulations posted in facilities or requests made by any campus recreation employee can result in ejection or suspension from the building and program privileges.

Certain activities are prohibited in the Wellness Center during recreational hours. The list below provides examples; however, the Wellness Center office reserves the right to ban any activity they deem unsafe.

  • No baseball/softball activities will be allowed.
  • No activity of any kind is allowed on the concourse.
  • No flying of electric or battery powered model planes.
  • No organized boxing or related mixed martial art activities.
  • No wrestling
  • No golf.
  • No skateboards.
  • No rollerblades (exception for MAC).
  • Personal Training is not allowed by non-USD Wellness Center personnel.  
  • We strongly discourage any outside equipment inside the Wellness Center for recreational purposes.
  • No balloons of any size.
  • Animals are not permitted in facility, except trained service animals.

Rentals & Reservations 

The Wellness Center is happy to rent out the climbing wall, studios, MAC court and Basketball/Volleyball Courts. Renting facilities is easy and affordable!  Just follow the steps below:

  1. Complete Rental Request Form.
    1. Climbing Wall - $40/hour
    2. Studio/Courts - $20/hour
  2. Review Wellness Center Policies.
  3. Ensure all individuals have either an Adult Waiver or Minor Waiver.
  4. Complete payment of rental at least five days prior to event.

NOTE: Members may rent the courts and studios for free for up to three hours per week with proper completed forms.

  1. Studio Reservation Form and Studio Reservation Policy.
  2. Court Reservation Form.
The USD Wellness Center employs a vast array of student workers on campus. Whether you are interested in working in customer service at the facility, lifeguarding or officiating, we have many positions to choose from. See Coyote Careers for current Wellness Center openings.  Students are encouraged to apply through the Coyote Careers website.

Wellness Center Employment Application

Graduate Assistantship Application

Wellness Center Employment Application is for Student Desk Operations Staff, Fitness Instructors, Personal Trainers, Lifeguards, Intramural Referees and Umpires.

Faculty & Staff

Meet our Wellness Center support and operations staff.
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Steve Mayer

Director, Wellness Center
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Sarah Deming

Wellness Center Assistant Director
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Connor Singhisen

Asst. Dir. Intramural & Clubs
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Dottie Kerkman

Fitness Coordinator
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Lisa Nielsen

Membership Services Coordinator

USDFit App

Download the USDFit App for inside access to your Wellness Center membership.

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An intramural game of basketball in progress.


Sign up with your friends and compete in Intramural games and leagues from a wide variety of sports.

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Two girls lifting in the Wellness Center.


Find motivation and make friends through group classes while taking upon new challenges like a 90-day fitness program at the USD Wellness Center.

Explore Fitness Options
 A man climbing the USD rock climbing wall.

Climbing Wall

Our state-of-the-art rock climbing wall challenges newcomers and veterans alike. With a unique variety of courses and ways to climb, climbers of all ages are welcome.

Reach New Heights
A USD male swimmer diving into the pool.


Whether you're just learning to swim or are like a fish to water, USD's DakotaDome pool partners with the Wellness Center to offer classes, courses and more aquatic fun.

Dive in
A group standing around a patient who is lying on a table or bed

Be prepared to save a life!

Get certified in Fed Cross CPR/AED/First Aid 
The Wellness Center staff will be offering Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid classes that will be open to both students, faculty/staff and the general public.  Classes will be offered November 4, November 17, December 2 and December 8 during the Fall semester.  To view class times or to register, please visit the USDFit App or the Member Portal.


A personal trainer helping a child run.

Personal Training Sale

Receive 10% off training packages for the month of November!

Purchase a 5 session package or more and receive 10% off your total cost!
Charlie Coyote posing in the wellness center.

Community Fun Day

The Wellness Center will offer FREE access from 1-3pm November 20

Join us for a FREE day of fun activities for the whole family! We will have fitness testing, an obstacle course, a scavenger hunt, open rock wall, Bingo, Family Yoga & more! You may even see an appearance by Charlie Coyote! This is a great time to come and try the facility or just have a fun day out with your family! We will also be offering $10 off punch passes during this event.

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