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Welcome new RPTA students & welcome back returning RPTA students!

Over the summer, the RPTA Department office was remodeled. The new office is now in the same place as the old one...only bigger! Please visit us in our newly completed office, Building 11, Room 261, but please excuse all of the boxes as we try to get unpacked.

Congratulations RPTA 2014 Graduates!

Summer 2014 RPTA graduates

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Check out the Project Surf Camp Video

Our Vision

The Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration's vision is to promote healthy lifestyles, protect memorable places, and facilitate life-enhancing experiences. This vision is realized through the tagline... LIVE. PROTECT. EXPLORE.

Our Values and Mission

The core values that guide the RPTA Department's interactions with students, parents, alumni, professionals, faculty, staff, administrators, advisory council members and the community involve:

  • Life-long learning
  • Sustainability
  • Diversity
  • Leadership development
  • Service
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Celebration

These values help us achieve our mission:
To advance leadership and knowledge in recreation, parks, and tourism.


The Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration undergraduate program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).  The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada, and Mexico.