Finding your people: clubs anyone can join


CW/ Caroline Simmons

A student signs up to join one of the many clubs offered at UA at Get On Board Day.

At the University, students can get involved in a wide variety of clubs. From sports-centered clubs such as Crimson Chaos, to cultural affiliation or general recreation, there is something for everyone to try.  

Where to Start: Get On Board Day and mySOURCE 

On a campus as large as this, it can be difficult to find a place to belong. Luckily for UA students, the University offers a couple resources students can use to find the club they are looking for.  

mySOURCE is a website with information on all registered student organizations at the University. The database is in alphabetical order and organizations must update their information every year.  

Get On Board Day is Aug. 31 and is a part of the University’s Weeks of Welcome. This event allows students to meet people in campus organizations. Over 600 clubs at the University will set up on the Quad. Students can also snag some free merchandise from the tables. Members of these organizations will also be at the tables and are ready to answer any questions you may have.  

On Aug. 31, over 600 student organizations will set up tables on the Quad for Get On Board Day, an event where students can peruse different clubs and snag free merchandise from their tables.  

At the University, students can get involved in a wide variety of clubs. 

Academic Organizations  

If you are on the hunt for academic organizations, you are in luck. The University offers over 100 academic clubs. There are freshman honor societies such as Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  

There are also societies for certain majors like Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honors society; Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society; and Alpha Phi Sigma, a criminal justice honors society. 

Recreational Clubs 

If you are looking to try something new and fun, there are plenty of recreational clubs here at the University. Crimson Clay is focused on bringing students together to appreciate ceramics, while the Crimson Car Club welcomes all car enthusiasts.  

There are a few dance clubs, ranging from K-pop to hip-hop. Some host classes for students to engage in different dance styles, while others are more competitive and allow students to compete outside of the University.   

There is even an organization called the Alabama Concrete Canoe Team, a group of students who use science to build and float a concrete canoe. With such a variety of clubs for students of all ages to join, it is easy to find a community on this campus.  

University Programs  

University Programs has an Instagram account that advertises fun events for students, especially freshmen, to meet one another. Previously, University Programs has brought concerts to campus, such as the singer-songwriter Daya last fall, hosted movie nights, held networking events and much more at the Student Center.  

Regardless of your academic or recreational interests, there will be something for you to engage in at the University. Just keep an open mind and an enthusiasm to try new things. Having a support system, however large or small, will help make the transition between high school and college much easier.