Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)
UMass Amherst has one of the largest and most diversified student activities programs in the country. With over 200 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) there are probably several that would interest you, no matter what your tastes. RSOs are great places to meet new people, get real world experience, and feel at home. There are RSOs based on academic interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, arts and media groups, honor societies, political groups, religious organizations, and sports. And that’s just the beginning. If you don’t find one that fits your needs, you can start a new one. Start exploring RSOs now using, Campus Pulse, your gateway to hundreds of campus activities, campus offices, and student organizations.
In addition, you are not limited to UMass Amherst student organizations; you can join groups at any of the five colleges. The Five Colleges website can lead you to a comprehensive listing of student clubs and organizations associated with all of their schools.
Another way to get involved is to participate in community service learning. One of the benefits of college is that it gives you the opportunity to give back to your community while exploring your interests and getting loads of practical experience. UMass Amherst provides ample opportunities for community service and will help guide you along the way. In some cases, you’ll earn UMass Amherst credits while enhancing your college experience.
The best place to begin is the Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, which will help you identify community service opportunities and tie them into your overall education.
Joining a fraternity or sorority can be an ideal way to experience all of the things that make life at UMass Amherst so great including: academics, social life, community service, sports and recreation, and career development. There are also opportunities at UMass Amherst to join traditionally African-American, Latino/Latina, Asian-American, and multicultural fraternities and sororities (although all of the Greek organizations are open to anyone, no matter their background). Most of the fraternities and sororities on campus participate in a formal recruitment process in the fall and then have a more open process during other parts of the year. You can jump into the process as a freshman, or wait until later.
If you’re a member of a fraternity or sorority, and at least a sophomore, you can live in the chapter house (if there is one) as an alternative to living in the residence hall.
Go to the Office of Fraternities and Sororities website to find a list of chapters, get information on rush, and learn more about your options.
Intramurals and Club Sports
There are plenty of ways to get a workout or get involved in sports if you’re not a varsity athlete such as joining a sports club or intramural team.
Student teams are able to compete against other schools as part of the sports club program, and against each other as part of intramural competition. If you like something less organized, or you just want exercise, you can use the campus recreation centers. These free centers are open to undergraduates during the school year and provide great workout facilities.
Go to the UMass Amherst Campus Recreation web site for complete information on intramurals and club sports as well as recreation facilities.