Take a Study Break and Try the Sushi Bar

January 16, 2007

Many US colleges and universities are opening luxury rec centres to boost their edge in the competition for applicants. The University of Missouri-Columbia features a $50-million facility with a 28-person hot tub, heated vortex pool, computer terminals, and a sushi bar -- as well as exercise equipment. Students pay $126 per semester whether they use the centre or not. Schools are seeing these elaborate facilities as recruitment investments, and also an answer to the increasing interest from parents about where their children are when they are not in class. The Belleville News Democrat