New school, new opportunities: how to join student groups


Groups of students looking for new opportunities flocked to Dunn Meadow for the annual Student Involvement Fair on Aug. 29, 2016. The event has everything from student orginizations to local nonprofits. IDS file photo

Now that you’re at IU, you may be wondering what you can get involved in. There is an abundance of student groups to join at IU, as well as a lot of different ways to find out more information about them.

IU has nearly 800 student groups you can join. All you need to decide are which ones are a perfect fit.

No matter your interests, it’s likely you’ll find a student group on campus that suits you. 

If not, you have the opportunity to create your own group. 

The details for starting your own group can be found online on IU’s Division of Student Affairs website under “Student Organizations.”

The annual student involvement fair in Dunn Meadow is the perfect place to find a new organization. At the fair, you have the chance to check out and get more information about IU’s clubs and student groups in person.

There are also opportunities online that can give you vital information to join student groups. 

On IU’s beINvolved site, you can search and filter through different student groups based upon your interests.

Greek life is another way to get involved during your time at IU. Fraternity rush happens both in the fall and spring semesters, and sorority recruitment happens in the spring.

The IU Interfraternity Council, or IFC, releases schedules for fraternity recruitment, and the IU Panhellenic Association, or PHA, releases schedules for sorority recruitment.

Another way IU student groups advertise is by posting bulletins in different residence halls, education buildings and dining halls. Sidewalk chalk is another common way groups advertise their meetings.

Although IU’s size can be intimidating, finding the right student group for you can make it easier to get accustomed to your new school.

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