Oxford Campus Life

You can get involved right away at Oxford. First-year students can take the helm of clubs, start on varsity teams, perform as leads in student theater, music, and dance groups, and serve in student government. Oxford builds student leaders who serve with compassion and smarts on campus and off.

Get Involved


Our 80+ student organizations give you many options for enriching your extracurricular experience at Oxford. Or start a club of your own if you have a particular passion you don’t see on our list.

Oxford’s five social clubs are historical fraternal organizations in which you can make lifelong friends, perform community service, and practice a unique type of leadership.
Oxford Student Activity Club


Your two years at Oxford give you a chance to practice leadership in meaningful ways. We have leadership programs to help you develop skills, of course, but you can also learn by doing—as head of a club or in student government.

of students hold leadership positions
Annual service hours by students


There are plenty of ways to perform community service in your spare time at Oxford. It’s also woven into the curriculum through theory practice–service learning courses, where you take what you’ve learned out into the real world. Either way, our students are committed to service.
An Oxford student tutors a young girl
Oxford students celebrate Diwali


Diversity at Oxford comes in all ways and forms. But underneath it all, we’re a community of singular individuals who value difference and come together to celebrate our unique perspectives through campus programming or just living and learning together.


From your first hours on campus to your last, you’ll find a community rooted in tradition. You’ll carry memories of these traditions with you as you move on to the Atlanta campus and make new memories there. Here are a few:
  • Dooley, Emory’s unofficial skeletal mascot, who first came to “life” on the Oxford campus
  • Oxford Olympics, orientation games where winners get perpetual bragging rights
  • Pancake Breakfast, where staff and faculty flip flapjacks and serve students during finals
  • Stress Busters, a petting zoo on the Quad that provides finals stress relief
students tug-of-war at the Oxford olympix
An Oxford student holds up a bunch of radishes from the organic farm


Our commitment to sustainability is found everywhere you look on campus. From the abundant recycling bins on campus, to our zero waste commitment in the dining hall, to energy-saving transportation options like bikes, shuttles, and car sharing, we continue to work on lessening our impact on the environment.

At the core of our commitment to sustainable living is the Oxford College Organic Farm, a learning laboratory that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the campus and to the greater community.


With 9 varsity sports for men and women as well as club and intramural sports, Oxford students have plenty of ways to stay active. Or get a workout joining the campus community cheering for Oxford teams. Additionally, the Center for Healthful Living offers programs that promote fitness and healthy choices for the entire campus community.
Oxford Men's Tennis team pose with their 2015 NJCAA Championship trophy
Oxford student actors perfoming a play


There’s a full schedule of visiting lecturers and performers, films, and other cultural events at Oxford each semester. Tarbutton Performing Arts Center houses music/choral classrooms, rehearsal and gallery space, and a black box theater. It’s the hub of arts activity on campus. Take a virtual tour of Tarbutton.

Hear from our students

student Anthony Vargas 26Ox sits cross-legged

“Many people believe that today’s youth are going in all directions but the right one. They’re wrong. When we focus our efforts, our generation will blaze new trails in helping humanity down the right path—one that’s focused on equity and uplifting everyone. I personally hope that I can learn and grow at Emory to become a model of leadership, mentorship, and reliability dedicated to helping others in need.”

— Anthony Vargas 26Ox