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Student Groups

The University of Rochester is home to more than 350 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).

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)
  • Competed in combat robotics competitions (UR Robotics)
  • Sponsored linguistic reading groups and workshops (Linguistics Undergraduate Council)
  • Used the telescope and CCD camera/spectrograph at the Mees Observatory (Astronomy Club)
  • Created biodiesel from waste vegetable oil (Engineers for a Sustainable World)
  • 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)
  • Hosted workshops on film pitching, lighting, and editing (Undergraduate Film Council)
Members of the Engineers Without Borders team take a break in front of the blue shed that houses water disinfection system at Escuela Taller Santa Maria Josefa Rossello primary school in the Dominican Republic.

February 12, 2020

Engineers Without Borders: Dominican Republic

“All of our previous work would have gone to waste if we didn’t address this.”

Recently celebrating its tenth anniversary, the University of Rochester chapter of Engineers Without Borders is hard at work designing solutions for bringing clean water to schools in the Dominican Republic, and seeking out future projects.

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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 capella groups
  • Dancing
  • Juggling
  • Magic
  • Comedy
  • Acting
  • Improv
  • Percussion and instrumental groups

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 Grassroot Soccer, 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, equestrian, quidditch, rugby, soccer, and water polo. Recreational clubs include sports such as cycling, fencing, martial arts, and table tennis.

See the club sports page for a complete list.

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.

Residential Life staff member Glen Dornsife, left) and Morgan Dornsife with their daughter Normandy, 3, wear matching Incredibles costumes as they arrive at the quad.

University Fraternities and Sororities

Greek or Treat

The University’s fraternity and sorority communities host elementary school students from the Rochester City School District for an annual Greek or Treat event. Children visit the River Campus to take part in Halloween-themed events ranging from a doughnut-on-a-string contest to a haunted house and obstacle course.

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