Published: Jan. 11, 2019

As you settle in at CU Boulder, you may notice some things around campus—chalk messages on the sidewalks, event posters covering bulletin boards and many people talking about “getting involved.” You are surrounded by opportunities to get involved, but what does this mean for you?

Getting involved helps you discover interests and hobbies, find a close-knit community on campus and even explore different career paths. Here are eight ways to get involved at CU.

Students hang out in the campus Startup HubStudent organizations

CU Boulder has over 500 student organizations. Whether you are interested in politics, outdoor activities, artistic expression, social justice or athletic competition, there’s something for everyone. Visit BuffConnect to explore student groups by topic or alphabetical list, and attend the Involvement Fair on Jan. 23 to meet student groups on campus.

Can’t find a group that matches your interests? Start an organization of your own! The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is here to support student groups with the resources to plan events, raise funds and grow your organization.

Campus events

If you feel like you don’t have time to commit to a group right now, there are still ways you can get involved and meet new people. CSI hosts many free weekly and monthly events throughout the year, including I Love Mondays, Ralphie’s Cooking Basics, Buffalo Nites and programs through the Dennis Small Cultural Center. You can also browse hundreds of campus events on the CU Events Calendar.

Service opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to get involved, both on campus and in the greater Boulder area. Not only can you meet new people and make a positive difference in your community, but there are also plenty of opportunities to fit your schedule. Visit the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) to learn more about getting involved, and check out the upcoming Spring Volunteer Fair on Feb. 1.

Find your fit at The Rec

Between group classes, intramural and club sports, the Outdoor Program, events and more, there are many options to get involved and find your fit at the CU Student Recreation Center. Take advantage of the free activities during Kick-Off Week through Jan. 20.

Leadership development

Leadership experience is always something that looks great on a résumé! CU GOLD (Gaining Opportunities through Leadership Development) provides free leadership development opportunities to all students. Students can register for the Core Leadership Program, which consists of weekly seminars on a variety of leadership topics.

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 for all students across multiple identities, including those who identify as ethnically and culturally diverse, trans and queer, women and femme, and first-generation college students.

Fraternity and sorority life

Fraternity and sorority life offers friendships, leadership opportunities, community service and philanthropy, networking, social events and more. Learn more by visiting the Fraternity & Sorority Life website.

Student employment

Aside from earning money, working on campus is a great way to get involved, meet new people and gain work experience. From paid research studies to part-time student employment, there are many opportunities to work at CU Boulder.