Published: Aug. 28, 2020

If you couldn’t attend the virtual Be Involved Fair last week, don’t worry! The opportunities to join student organizations and get involved are happening all semester long. Here are some tips to get involved and connect with fellow Buffs this fall.

students on campus wearing masksBrowse through BuffConnect

With more than 500 student clubs, volunteer organizations and other recognized groups on campus, there’s something for everyone. Use the power of BuffConnect to explore your interests and help narrow down your search.

An easy way to explore all the student organizations at CU Boulder is by searching through categories. There are student organizations from all corners of campus life:

  • Academic
  • Recreation and wellness
  • Business and entrepreneurship
  • Cultural and international
  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Government and politics
  • Environmental
  • Social justice and activism
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Art, music and entertainment
  • Community service
  • And more!

You can also search organizations by using different topics or keywords, or view the entire list alphabetically. Start by searching for some of your favorite hobbies or interests, or search by skills or talents you’d like to explore.

Don’t be afraid to reach out

Student organizations are run by students, just like you, who want to connect with others who share similar interests. When you find an organization on BuffConnect you’d like to join, you can view their contact information, social media accounts and meeting times by clicking their BuffConnect profile. Send them an email or check out their social media page to ask about joining.

Want more events?

Attending campus events and activities is another great way to get involved and meet fellow Buffs! So just in case you missed it, here more ways to find your place. 

  • Check out the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) website to connect with student organizations and find more ways to get involved.
  • Don’t forget to look at our Fall Events website and follow us on social media @CUBoulderLife on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Try it out

If you’re interested in a student organization, attend one of their meetings to get a feel for what participating will look like. Most orgs will be hosting virtual meetings this semester, so you can see if you like it from the comfort of your room! 

Ask your roommate or a friend to try out a new student group with you. Having a buddy can take away some of the initial intimidation of trying new things. Remember, it’s OK to attend a meeting and decide it’s not the right fit for you. Just because you participate in a meeting or program does not mean you have to join.

Consider your gains

Student organizations offer many leadership opportunities while at the same time giving you the chance to grow as an individual outside of the classroom. Although it is important to balance your academics with involvement, here are some pros to consider for getting involved:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Find your community at CU
  • Meet new friends
  • Discover a passion you didn’t know you had

Being a general member of a student organization can be a great way to stay involved while leaving time for other commitments.