UK has more than 450 student groups and organizations that cover a wide range of interests.
In fact, there's a whole center at UK, just to help steer your interests.
Student involvement at the University of Kentucky is located in the CSI, and no, we're not talking about the primetime television show. The CSI, or Center for Student Involvement, is a student’s one-stop-shop for all things related to getting involved on campus and in the Lexington community. The CSI is home to the Center for Community Outreach, a student's connection point to volunteer opportunities; leadership development and education, helping shape the Commonwealth's next leaders; diversity education and community building; student media, including WRFL-FM and Wildcat Student Television; and student organizations.
Do you want to help plan events like Homecoming and help bring the best music acts to campus? Then check out the Student Activities Board, a group that brings the fun to campus with more than 100 events each year. Or maybe politics is in your blood; UK’s Student Government Association might just be the perfect fit for you. Other student organizations include honor and leadership societies, professional and departmental clubs, political and government groups, international organizations, religious groups, sports and club teams and specialty clubs. These groups bring something unique to campus.
UK also has a thriving Greek community with more than 40 Greek-letter organizations on campus. UK’s Inter Fraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council groups provide philanthropy, scholarship and friendship for their members.
You can join an intramural team, even if you’re not an athlete; or satisfy your competitive spirit by competing on a club sports team. Give back to the community through one of the CCO’s programs like Young at Heart, Promoting Animal Welfare and Services or DanceBlue, a 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon to raise money for UK’s Pediatric Oncology Clinic, the Golden Matrix Fund and cancer research.
Getting involved in a student organization is not just fun and games (though they are a lot of fun); it's about making you a happier and more successful Wildcat. Research shows that students who are involved with a student organization are more connected to their university and perform better in the classroom. And with more than 450 student organizations, there's definitely an activity for you at the University of Kentucky.
Need a little help deciding what organization is the best fit for you? The Peer Resource Team will help you out! This student group works with students to help connect their interests and passions with organizations.
Visit getinvolved.uky.edu to connect to student involvement at UK. There, you can find out how to start a student organization, apply for a leadership position in one that already exists or take part in various orientation sessions so that you can jump into what interests you the most.