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We welcome you to the University Center. Known as the "living room of the University," this is your place to meet with friends, eat, attend events, watch the Gorloks in action, study and hang out. The UC is home to many departments. Whatever your interests, you'll find resources and information to support your experience at Webster.


The Fitness Center is open to students, faculty, staff, and affiliated members.

A Fitness Center Attendant is available during open hours to assist with check-in, equipment, and other needs.

Fitness Center phone number: 314-246-7727

Fitness Center email:


  • Visitors will be asked to show their University ID card upon entering the Fitness Center.
  • Everyone must wash or sanitize hands before entering the Fitness Center.
  • All users must wear a mask or face covering at all times.
  • No guests are allowed.
  • Users are strongly encouraged to disinfect equipment before and after use.
  • Users may bring their own personal accessories, but may not share them.
  • Equipment may not be removed from the Fitness Center.

Webster University Fitness Center & Gymnasium Policies


The University Center offers memberships for use of the swimming pool and fitness center. If you would like assistance completing the online form for memberships, please see the staff at the information center. Find more membership information.

Gym Schedule

Access the Grant Gymnasium schedule online through our Virtual EMS calendar. Select "Browse for Availability — By Date." This calendar shows all meeting rooms in the University Center in addition to the gym.


Webster University Fitness Center & Pool Waiver

The pool is open to current Webster University students, faculty, staff, and members.

Follow these safety protocols when you come swim to help us maintain a safe environment for everyone:

  • Locker rooms and full showers are available. An on-deck shower head is also available for rinsing before entering the water.
  • All users must wear a mask or face covering up until entering the water. Face coverings should be kept near your lane so that you can put it on as soon as you exit the water.
  • Those who are not vaccinated must remain socially distant (6ft.) while in the pool area.
  • No guests are allowed.
  • All users must wash or sanitize hands before entering the pool area.
  • During high volume times, individuals will be limited to a one-hour time limit.
  • The sauna is open for use.
  • Patrons may bring their own equipment, but may not share equipment.
  • Patrons may place their belongings in designated bench areas around the pool deck. Swimmers are strongly encouraged to disinfect their bench area before and after they occupy the space.
  • All regular policies remain in effect. Review the Webster University Swimming Pool Policies and Regulations.


Water Exercise (Aqua Aerobics)

Spring Session Dates:

  • Jan. 10 – Mar. 4 (8-week session)
  • Mar. 7 - Apr. 29 (8-week session)


  • Classes will be held Monday through Friday from 8-9 a.m.
  • Cost for each session is $90.00
  • Click here to register for this session of Aqua Aerobics

Swimming Lessons

Group lessons are $75/session.
(University-affiliated discounts are $10/session. Please call the lifeguard at 314-246-7755 for the discount code.)

  • Swimmers must be a minimum of age 4 in order to participate in our group swim lesson program.
  • All registrations are accepted online with a credit card payment.
  • Registration for the first session opens at approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.

Swim Lesson Level Descriptions

My child is nervous around water and does not feel comfortable going under water yet. My child is willing to learn and likes to have fun but feels that the water is intimidating. My child needs a flotation device in the water and is shorter than 3.5 feet tall (the depth of the pool in the shallow end). My child is not comfortable or cannot float on their back independently yet. Typically children who are ages 4 to 5 are in this level.

My child is comfortable in the water and can put their faces in without fear. My child can swim independently in water with the depth of 3.5 feet. My child may know some form of front crawl or beginning freestyle but cannot breathe to the side yet. My child can float on their back independently or is comfortable to try. My child has a good idea of how to kick in the water with straight legs and pointed toes — no "bicycle kicks" or kicking with their knees. They utilize their thigh muscles to kick but it isn't perfected yet. My child is willing to try new things and is excited to learn about swimming. Typically 5 to 6, and 7-year-olds are in this class.

My child can swim independently in water that is above their heads (5.5 feet exactly) without feeling panicked. My child can do freestyle but does not have their side breathing mastered yet. My child knows backstroke but needs some refinement stroke-wise. My child may or may not understand the mechanics of breaststroke kicks but is willing to learn it in this level. Typically 7 to 8-year-olds are in this class.

My child knows how to swim freestyle with side breathing with solid technique. My child is able to swim the whole length of the pool (25 yards). My child knows how to do backstroke and is able to swim the whole length of the pool. My child knows how to do the breaststroke kick but may or may not know how to do the full stroke. My child is willing to learn how to do more difficult strokes and swim longer distances. My child does not know butterfly or knows it but cannot swim one length of the pool yet. Typically 7 to 9-year-olds are in this class.

My child knows all four competitive swim strokes including freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Right now they can swim at least 25 yards, or one length of each stroke. Technique-wise they are very strong but need to work on endurance. They also need to work on racing starts and/or diving, as well as flip turns and two-hand touches. My child is willing to push themselves to learn new drills and build their endurance even if it is physically challenging. Typically 8 to 10-year-olds are in this class.

Fall 2021 Swim Lessons

Session I

  • Dates: Sept. 14 – Oct. 14, Levels 1 through 5
  • Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m.

Session II

  • Dates: Oct. 28 – Dec. 2, Levels 1 through 5
  • Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m.

Note* There will be no lessons on 11/25/21 (Thanksgiving Day)

Spring 2022 Swim Lessons

Session I

  • Dates: Feb. 1 – Mar. 3, Levels 1 through 5
  • Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m.

Session II

  • Dates: Mar. 29 – Apr. 28, Levels 1 through 5
  • Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m.

*Please note: Class days and times are subject to change.

Register (Note: this link will not be active until registration opens)

We require a minimum number of participants for each class to run. Within a few weeks after registration is received, we will review enrollment numbers and confirm your child's time slot and level.

If your desired session is full, complete this form and ask to be added to the wait list.

COVID-19 Policies for Swim Lessons

  • If a child is feeling unwell prior to their lesson, please stay home.
  • Parents are allowed in the pool area during swim lessons, but must remain socially distant.
  • All participants must wear a mask when not in the water.
  • Participants should put their face mask on their towel at the edge of the pool near the area they are swimming in.
    If there are two persons in a lane, towels and masks can be placed on opposite sides of the lane.
  • Signage has been posted along the benches for participants to place backpacks, sandals, etc.
  • It is recommended that all individuals wash/sanitize their hands prior to coming to the pool area.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant will be available for use by all individuals.
  • Goggles will not be available for participants to borrow.

The University Center offers flexible and convenient spaces for various types of meetings and events. For room types, capacity and reservations, visit our reservation page.

Lower Level

Upper Level

  • Information Center
  • Dean of Student Affairs Office
  • Crossroads Dining
  • UC Commons (the space with the flags)
  • Meeting Rooms (including Sunnen Lounge, Presentation Room, and Conference Room)
  • Student Leadership Center (including Campus Activities and Student Government Association)

Contact Us

Phone: 314-246-7105

Ask Us Anything!

The Information Center is located on the upper level of the University Center. It is staffed by Student Building Managers, and these individuals are trained to help the patrons of the University Center with anything and everything.

Room Set-Ups and AV Needs

The Student Building Managers maintain the meeting rooms of the University Center and can assist with room set-ups and AV needs for scheduled events.

Semester Stickers for ID Cards

The Information Desk can verify your status as a current student, faculty, or staff member at Webster University and issue a current semester sticker. This sticker provides access to the Fitness Center, Pool, Gym, and Library on campus. Students may show a current semester sticker to receive a student discount at participating venues such as movie theaters.


The University Center offers memberships for the use of the Swimming Pool and Fitness Center. If you would like assistance completing the online form for memberships, please see the staff at the Information Center. Find more information about memberships.

Bike Share Program

The bike share program allows current students, faculty, and staff to access bicycles for one-day use, on days when the University Center Information Center is open. Bikes must be returned the same day they are checked out, before the Information Center closes (see hours of operation below). If a bike is not returned the same day, user will be charged $25 per day that the bike is not returned. All participants must have a completed waiver to rent a bicycle. Helmets are available to rent for free. Locks, helmets, and keys should stay with bicycles at ALL times. Bicycles should be ridden on city streets, trails, or sidewalks. Bicycles should only be parked at designated bicycle racks. Parking anywhere else will result in removal of the bicycle by Public Safety and penalty for the user. The renter is responsible for all items while they are in the renter's possession. Any damages accrued will have penalties.

ID card point-of-entry swipe is required to access the University Center. (Stop by Public Safety at 572 Garden Ave. if you encounter problems using your card.)

Hours of Operation for Winter Break and MLK Day: Dec. 19, 2021 - Jan. 17, 2022

Pool, Fitness Center, and Grant Gymnasium

December 19 - 25, 2021
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday-Thursday: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.
CLOSED Dec. 24-25

December 26, 2021 - January 1, 2022
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.
CLOSED Dec. 31-Jan. 1

January 2 - 17, 2022
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, January 17 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day): 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Upper Level

December 20 - 23, 2021
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

December 24, 2021 - January 2, 2022

January 3-17
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED
Monday, January 17 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day): CLOSED


Hours of Operation for Spring I: Jan. 18 - Mar. 12, 2022

Upper Level

Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Crossroads Dining

Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED


Monday through Thursday: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fitness Center and Grant Gymnasium

Monday through Thursday: 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


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University Center Staff

Katie Knetzer

Katie Knetzer

Director of the University Center


Katie Knetzer supervises all units within the University Center. These responsibilities include the Information Desk, the Fitness Center, the Pool, and Meeting Room Reservations. She also co-advises the Dining Advisory Board and acts as liaison for all the departments that use and interact with the University Center.

Josh Perreault

Josh Perreault

Coordinator of Aquatics and Fitness


Josh Perreault oversees the fitness and aquatic center for the University Center. He also manages the swim lesson program and all other aquatic programs.

The University Center Board (UCB) assists the University Center staff in providing for the services, conveniences and amenities the members of the University family needs on the campus, and in promoting community through informal association outside the classroom. In all its processes, the UCB encourages self-directed activity, giving maximum opportunity for self realization and for growth in individual social competency and group effectiveness. Its goal is the development of persons as well as intellects.

President: TBA

Advisor: Director of University Center: Katie Knetzer (


  1. Serve the University Center and the University community through the enactment of UCB policies consistent with the mission of Webster University, the University Center, and the philosophy and purpose expressed in the "Role of the College Union," the official statement of purpose of the Association of College Unions--International, adopted at the general conference of the Association in April, 1956, reaffirmed in 1964, 1986.
  2. Offer guidance in the organization and administration of facility policies and services in the University Center for the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University.
  3. Serve in an advisory capacity to the Director of the University Center with respect to general University Center services and policies. Decisions of the UCB are subject to the authority of the Dean of Student Affairs and the University Administration.
  4. Perform special projects and research functions.


The UCB shall consist of a student President in addition to the following members, who will serve as advocates for their respective constituencies:

Student Members

  • Student Government Association
  • Residential Housing Association
  • Student Building Manager staff
  • Fitness Center Attendant
  • Pool Staff
  • Campus Activities Staff
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Graduate Student
  • Commuter Student
  • International Student

Faculty and Staff Members

  • Director of the University Center and Student Activities
  • Director of Athletics
  • Coordinator of Athletics
  • Webster Staff Alliance Representative
  • Student Organization Advisor Faculty
  • At-large Faculty Representative
  • Alumni/Development Representative
  • Dining Services Staff

Voting members shall include the entire UCB membership, excluding the Director of the University Center. The student President will vote only in case of a tied vote. Voting members could relinquish their voting privileges after two unexcused absences per semester.

Officers and Elections

The UCB shall be governed by a student President, elected by the UCB each spring. The President shall conduct all UCB and Executive Committee meetings. The University Center office shall be responsible for maintaining the records of the Board. The nomination and election of the student President shall take place at the beginning of the second to last UCB meeting of the spring semester. The term of office shall be for one calendar year and shall begin on the first day of the summer term. The President shall be a student elected by a majority of votes from the entire membership.


Quorum shall consist of nine voting members, five of whom are students.

Internal Committees

The Executive Committee shall consist of the student President, the Director of the University Center, and two at-large members (one student, one faculty/staff) elected by the Board. This committee's function shall be to convene and act on behalf of the UCB in an emergency situation. Ad hoc committees shall be appointed by the student President in the case of special projects or issues needing focused attention.


This document may be amended by a 2/3 vote of voting members present at a regularly scheduled meeting.

Amended Fall 2000
Amended Spring 2002
Amended Spring 2005
Amended Spring 2008

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