Published: Sept. 2, 2019
Students hang out in the campus Startup Hub

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.” There are many ways to get involved, but what does this mean for you?

Getting involved can help you meet new friends, discover interests and hobbies, and even explore different career paths. Here are ten ways to get involved at CU.

Student organizations

CU Boulder has more than 500 student organizations. Whether you are interested in politics, outdoor activities, artistic expression or social justice, there’s something for everyone! Visit BuffConnect to explore student groups by topic or alphabetical list.

Can’t find a group that matches your interests? Start an organization of your own! The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) supports 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 to get involved and meet new people. CSI hosts many free events throughout the year. These include:

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 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!

Find your fit at The Rec

Between group classes, intramural and club sports, the Outdoor Program, inclusive events and more, there are many options to get involved at CU Student Recreation Center.

Join The Herd

The Herd is the student arm of CU Boulder’s Alumni Association. It’s the perfect group to make friends, gain valuable leadership experience and celebrate all that it means to be a Buff. Herd members enjoy many benefits, including:

Learn more about The Herd.

Leadership development

Leadership experience is always something that looks great on a résumé! CU GOLD 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.

Research opportunities

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program provides hands-on experience in a research or creative project. There are also opportunities to connect with faculty mentors.

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:

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Community service and philanthropy
  • Networking and friendships
  • 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.