The University of Vermont combines faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution. The university is home to approximately 13,000 undergraduates, graduate students, medical students and 4,125 full and part time faculty and staff. Located in Burlington, Vermont (perennially voted one of America's most exciting small cities), UVM's setting in a valley on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and the Green Mountain ranges, inspires visitors and residents. The Gucciardi Recreation & Fitness Center was opened in September of 1999, and contains 120 pieces of cardio and strength training equipment as well as a 30 foot indoor rock-climbing wall. Attached to the Gucciardi Recreation Center, is the PFG Complex, which is shared by Varsity Athletics, Campus Recreation, Club Sports and Physical Education. It offers a group fitness studio hub, 6 basketball/volleyball courts, 2 indoor running tracks, 2 squash courts, 6 lane-25 yard indoor pool, indoor turf multipurpose courts, a multi-purpose activity court (MAC), and an ice rink..