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Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)

UMass Amherst has one of the largest and most diversified student activities programs in the country. With over 200 RSOs, there’s no doubt you’ll find an organization that fits your interests or helps you discover a new one.  Visit Campus Pulse to browse the list and see for yourself!

You can also join groups at any of the Five Colleges: Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke or Smith.

Fraternities and Sororities

Joining a fraternity or a sorority can be an ideal way to experience all of the things that make life at UMass Amherst so great, with an emphasis on academics, social life, community service, sports and recreation, and career development.  Visit the Office of Fraternities and Sororities to find a list of chapters, get information on rush, and learn more about your options.

Community Service

Giving back to the community is a priority at UMass Amherst and our students have multiple opportunities to get involved.  The best place to begin is the Office of Community Service Learning. You can get involved with service as a volunteer, through a work-study opportunity or for credit, as part of a course. Student Bridges and Engineers Without Borders are two of the many programs involved in community service.

You may also find that your academic department has a student group that gives back to the community or campus.

Co-ops and Internships

It’s never too early to start thinking about your career.  Co-operative education and internships will give you the chance to work in your field before you graduate, and get amazing real world experience. Here’s a list of places where UMass Amherst students have completed co-op and intern placements.

Our Career Services office will be there to help you all along the way. From decisions about your major to the final job search, they’ve got the advisors and the resources to help you get the most out of your education.

Working for a Student-run business is yet another way to get some career-building experience.  Each semester, about 150 students work for student-run, non-profit businesses.  Students get help in these endeavors from the Center for Student Business (CSB).