At Emory College and Oxford College, we can't tell you what your extracurricular life will be like, but we can promise you one thing: you'll be engaged, you'll be supported, and you won't get bored.
With 80 recognized student organizations at Oxford College, and 550+ student clubs, sports teams, and performing arts groups at Emory College, Emory University is the place for undergraduate students who want to organize, lead, and get involved.
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Don't Just Stand There
With 550+ ways to get involved, Emory College is the place for those who want to organize, lead, and be part of it all. Students will choose from clubs and organizations that include:
- Academic and Career Clubs like Barkley Forum, TEDxEmory, and ChEmory
- Cultural organizations like Arab Cultural Association, Black Student Alliance, and China-Tibet Initiative
- Health and Wellness programs like Active Minds, Emory Young Club, and Student Alliance for Health Involvement
- Leadership organizations including the Student Government Association, College Council, and Student Programming Council
- Performance groups including Dooley Noted a cappella, Emory Symphony Orchestra, and the Emory Arts Club
- Political and Advocacy clubs including Amnesty International, Feminists in Action, and Mock Trail
- Religious organizations including Catholic Student Union, Muslim Student Association, and Hillel
- Special interest groups including Astronomy Club, Emory PRIDE, and Outdoor Emory
- Greek Life including 17 fraternities, 13 sororities
Emory cultivates an active arts community, encouraging innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration through two main initiatives. Arts at Emory hosts 300 events in the performing, visual, and literary arts each year, with internationally acclaimed musicians, numerous student ensembles, a professional theater company, prize-winning poets, novelists, playwrights and much more. The Center for Creativity & Arts has a mission of integrating the arts into college curriculum, campus life experience, and extracurricular activities. The CCA provides a resource network for any students looking for creative outlets and supports a myriad of student arts groups.
With more than 80 student-run clubs and organizations to choose from, students at Oxford are quick to find their extracurricular niche. On campus, leadership means more than just the position you hold on an executive board. It means figuring out what strengths you bring to the table and how to capitalize on them. Our second-year students run the show, and they actively recruit to ensure the newest members of the Oxford community get involved from the start. Jumping into leadership roles and initiatives on campus couldn't be easier at Oxford.
Early Leadership Opportunities
Students at Oxford benefit from early opportunities to develop their leadership skills, an element that sets Oxford apart from other colleges. And Oxford's leadership programs are specifically designed to facilitate the growth of first- and second-year students. All leadership programs at Oxford share common values including ethical engagement, empathy, commitment, collaboration, and social justice.
What are some of the ways you can take charge?
- Join one of 80 student organizations. Remember that leadership is something that happens from within groups as well as from elected roles, so active membership is leadership. A sampling of the offerings students can take part in include serving as a resident advisor, peer assistant leader, and an own Oxford welcome leader (OWL); running for a student government position; serving as a supplemental instructor, volunteer Oxford coordinator, or student admission association participant; and taking part in Bonner Leaders, the Student Activities Committee (SAC), and more.
- Apply for Leadership Oxford (freshman only each spring) or ExCEL (sophomores only each fall). These programs are selective but all are invited to apply.
- Take part in the Foundations of Leadership class or one of the 28 other classes that include leadership issues as part of the class syllabus
- Take part in the co-curricular Pierce Institute Leadership Certificate. This program is open to all students who are interested in building their leadership experiences and earning the Pierce Leadership Certificate upon graduation.