September 9, 2013

Welcome to the Braun Athletic Center Membership and Fees Information Page

Welcome to the Braun Athletic Center Membership and Fees Information Page

Recognizing that active bodies support active minds, Caltech’s Braun Athletic Center offers resources and programs that promote the health and well being of the entire Institute. The Braun Athletic Center is where our community comes together to train, play, and get fit, as well as cultivate new skills and broader perspectives.

This year, Caltech is making changes to the Braun Athletic Center membership policy. Until now, the costs of maintaining the athletic facilities have been shouldered by a subset of paying users—a group that includes students, alumni, and Institute affiliates. In an effort to distribute these costs more equitably across all user groups, as of October 1, 2013, all those who wish to use the Braun Athletic Center will be required to purchase a membership. In addition to promoting user fairness, these changes will enable Caltech to continue implementing facilities enhancements and equipment upgrades while ensuring that recent improvements can be maintained.

As of October 1, 2013, the Braun Athletic Center membership policy and fee structure is changing:

  • Caltech employees, visitors, guests and volunteers wishing to use the athletic facilities must become paying members. Our occasional use policy has not changed, but non-members and their families must now pay a use fee of $10 per visit in order to access facilities. 
  • Current paying members will see an increase in their membership fees.

The registration period for new members is now open. For Caltech faculty and staff who prefer payroll deduction as their method of payment, registration will begin on September 13 via access.caltech. Users must be registered and paid by September 30 in order to maintain Braun Athletic Center privileges.

Caltech provides Braun Athletic Center membership as a benefit to the Institute community. Our fees are well below that of peer universities and the local marketplace, and our facilities are family friendly, accommodating a range of ages, interests, and fitness levels. Take advantage of this opportunity—become a member!


New members have two options for enrollment:

Payroll Deduction: Beginning September 13, Caltech faculty and staff may enroll online through access.caltech for individual, spouse/partner/dependent, or family memberships. The Caltech ID will double as the athletic center membership card for employees. Spouses/partners/dependents and families must visit the Braun Athletic Center to have their membership cards printed.



Active Network Account: New members may enroll by creating an online Active Network account at or by visiting the welcome desk at the Braun Athletic Center. Members who enroll online should complete the registration process by visiting the welcome desk at the Braun Athletic Center to verify eligibility, set up payment, and receive a membership card.


Active Network Account: Those users already registered in Active Network should be aware of their renewal dates and make sure to renew their fees in person at the gym, within a week of the renewal date to ensure access is maintained. Payment may be cash, credit/debit card, or check.



Member Type                                                                                     Annual Fee

Caltech faculty/staff/postdocs/retiree/affiliate/volunteer with ID


Caltech spouse/partner/dependent


Caltech student family


Caltech family (immediate)


JPL employee or affiliate with ID


JPL spouse/partner/dependent


JPL family (immediate)


Caltech Alumni Association member


Caltech Alumni Association member spouse/partner/dependent


Caltech Alumni Association member family (immediate)


Caltech Associate


Caltech Associate spouse/partner/dependent


Caltech Associate family (immediate)


Other memberships



Walk-up fee for eligible member or guest

$10/day or $45/wk

We accept Visa & MasterCard

For more information about eligibility, membership, and registration, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact:

John Carter, Associate Athletic Director for Recreation

Go to - Membership FAQ