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Student Groups

The University of Rochester is home to more than 250 student organizations, including club sports teams, fraternities and sororities, performing arts ensembles, academic and professional societies, and community engagement organizations.

For a complete list of undergraduate student organizations, visit Campus Community Connection (CCC).

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Academic and professional societies

We have a variety of academic and professional societies than span engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Many of these organizations bring in professional speakers, sponsor networking events, and give students the opportunity to gain practical experience in their field of interest.

Students in these groups have:

  • Built clean water system in the Dominican Republic (Engineers without Borders)
  • Sponsored linguistic reading groups and workshops (Linguistics Undergraduate Council)
  • Used the telescope and CCD camera/spectrograph at the Mees Observatory (Astronomy Club)
  • Provided medical care to the Rochester community (University of Rochester River Campus Medical Emergency Response Team)
  • Run a student newspaper (Campus Times), radio station (WRUR The Sting), literary and arts journal (LOGOS), and research journal (Journal of Undergraduate Research)
  • Organized voter registration drives and debate watch parties (Committee for Political Engagement)

Student organization spotlight

Creative Arts Club

“Here at the Creative Arts Club, we’re obsessed with everything art– painting, sewing/making jewelry, you name it!”

The Creative Arts Club (CAC) aims to provide students with the space and freedom to explore their creativity and artistic interests. Members participate in themed weekly workshops, trips to art spaces in the city of Rochester, and an annual fashion show. 

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Performing arts ensembles

We believe the creative, visual, and performing arts are integral to a well-rounded education and life. Rochester has a thriving arts and culture scene. From music and museums, to readings and productions, there’s a lot to experience.

The University of Rochester offers a range of student performing arts organizations, including:

  • Male, female, and coed a cappella groups
  • Dancing
  • Juggling
  • Magic
  • Comedy
  • Acting
  • Improv
  • Percussion and instrumental groups
  • Musical theater

Community engagement organizations

Community engagement is an important part of the Rochester experience. Our student-led organizations focus on both community service and political activism, and include international organizations like GlobeMed and UNICEF, national organizations such as the Food Recovery Network and Red Cross, and student-created groups like the Student Refugee Alliance.

Students in these groups help to improve the lives of people in the Rochester community and beyond by:

  • Helping elementary students learn to read and discover their love of learning (Partners in Reading)
  • Improve education and living conditions in rural Honduras through fundraising and annual service trips to El Progreso, Honduras (Students helping Honduras)
  • Volunteering at local animal shelters (PAWS)
  • Sponsor girls’ education in low-income countries, allowing them to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school (She’s The First)
  • Providing information about low-cost or free health care services as well as offering a non-judgmental environment for health issue discussion to low-income members of the Rochester community (Health Education and Advocacy Leaders)

Interested in learning more about how our students give back and advocate for a better world? Check out the community engagement student organizations in CCC or visit the Center for Community Engagement website.

Club sports

There are more than 40 registered club sports here at Rochester, with each organization classified as either competitive or recreational based on its level of activity and scope.

Competitive clubs span a variety of sports, including baseball, quadball, rugby, soccer, and water polo. Recreational clubs include sports such as cycling, fencing, martial arts, ultimate frisbee, rock climbing, and table tennis.

See the club sports page for a complete list.

Rowing Team- Blog Photo

Trying something new at Rochester

Finding your crew

“College is the perfect time to try something unconventional, whether it takes place in a classroom, on the Genesee River, or anywhere else. The most ‘random’ activity you think of trying out might eventually end up giving you your family on campus, and you never know where any opportunity might take you unless you fearlessly jump in and give it your all.”

-Rachel Markowitz, Admissions Blogger

Read more on the Admissions Blog

Fraternities and sororities

Joining a fraternity or sorority and participating in Greek life at the University offers opportunities for:

  • Friendship
  • Professional and personal development
  • Leadership on campus and in the community

Fraternities and sororities can play a big role in campus life by sponsoring events, connecting with the Rochester community through local charities, and creating programs that enrich the social, philanthropic, intellectual, and cultural interests of the University.

Creating community

Douglass Leadership House

Named after Rochester icon Frederick Douglass, the mission of the Douglass Leadership House (DLH) is to establish an engaging intellectual community where students of all cultural backgrounds can come together and raise awareness of the many facets of the Black experience; including culture, politics, history, and Diasporic roots.

Learn more about DLH

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