Published: Jan. 18, 2022

involvementAs the semester begins, you may notice some things around campus like chalk messages on the sidewalks, poster-covered bulletin boards and people talking about “getting involved.” But what does that mean for you? 

Getting involved means making an effort to be active in student activities on campus. It is also a way to create memories, make friends and build your skill set for the rest of your time at CU Boulder and beyond. Here are eight different ways to get involved so you can find community, connect to campus and make this large university feel like home. 

Join a student organization

Are you into politics, outdoor activities, art or social justice? Joining a student organization is one of the best ways to connect on campus. Visit BuffConnect to explore the more than 500 student groups. If you can’t find a group that matches your interests, then start your own organization! The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) can support you with resources to plan events, raise funds and grow your organization.

Don’t forget to attend the Involvement Fair on Feb. 2 for a chance to check out various student groups in person and learn more about what is available.

Attend campus events

As the semester kicks off, you’ll notice there are always events happening all over campus. Attending an event is a great way to get involved and meet new people.

Campus departments offer many free events throughout the year. CSI hosts weekly and monthly events like I Love Mondays, DIY Nights, Buffalo Nites and Buffs After Dark. Learn more about your physical and mental health with programs like Mindful Mondays, Think about it Thursdays and more hosted by Health Promotion. Get a full list of student events and check out other opportunities on the CU Events Calendar.

Give back to your community

Volunteering is a great way to get involved, both on campus and in the Boulder area. Not only can you make a positive difference in your community, but there are also plenty of opportunities to fit your schedule. Visit the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) or attend an event to learn more.

Find your fit at The Rec

There are many options to get involved at the CU Student Recreation Center. Check out group fitness classes, intramural sports or sport clubs, the Outdoor Program, inclusive events and more.

Join The Herd

The Herd is the student backbone of CU Boulder’s Alumni Association. It’s a great way to make friends, gain valuable leadership experience and celebrate all that it means to be a Buff. Herd members enjoy many benefits. Learn more about joining The Herd.

Find community at the Center for Inclusion & Social Change

Participate in community-building programs, educational workshops and inclusive events at the Center for Inclusion & Social Change. The center provides support and engagement for students across multiple identities, including those who identify with ethnic and cultural communities, first-generation students, LGBTQ+ students, women and femmes.

Consider fraternity and sorority life

Joining a fraternity or sorority can make the difference in your college journey. There are many benefits that can come from being part of a chapter at CU Boulder, including

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Academic support

  • Community service and philanthropy

  • Networking and friendships

  • Campus involvement and more

Visit the Fraternity & Sorority Life website for more information.

Get a job on campus

In addition to earning money, working on campus is a convenient way to get involved, meet new people and gain leadership and job experience. There are many opportunities to work at CU Boulder

For more tips and resources on events and getting involved, visit the Student Affairs website, check out student events and be sure to follow us on social media @CUBoulderLife on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter