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RESEARCH ARTICLE | OPEN ACCESS DOI: 10.23937/2469-5718/1510141

A Comparison of Physical Activity Levels between On-Line and Campus University Students

Laura FERNANDEZ1, Roberto SEIJAS1-3, Albert PÉREZ-BELLMUNT1*, Paolo RAGAZZI1, Olivier PEILLON1 and Pedro ALVAREZ1-4

1Department of Physical Activity and Health, Eastern Oregon University, USA

2Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA

3University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA



The purpose of this study was to investigate differences in Physical Activity (PA) levels for course modality (on-campus vs. online).


A total of 238 participants enrolled at a regional university in Oregon with a significant online presence (58% of student head count).PA levels of on-campus and online students were assessed during April 2014 via an online electronic questionnaire. PA queries were based on the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) questions regarding PA.


76 on-campus and 162 online students completed the questionnaire. 92.1% (n = 70) of on-campus students reported meeting current PA recommendations compared to 75.3% (n = 122) of online students (p = 0.004). On-campus students reported significantly more time spent in vigorous PA, walking, and MET•min/wk than online students (232.5 vs. 60.0 min/wk, p = 0.004; 360 vs. 127.5 min/wk, p = 0.008; 4,014 vs. 1,935 MET•min/wk, p = 0.000, respectively).


Results indicate a need for physical activity interventions tailored to online university students.