These are the only student organizations approved for registration with the University of California, Davis. If you have questions about other groups, contact the Center for Student Involvement.
Note: Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is not responsible for the contents or administration of these student organization websites. The information presented by the student organizations reflects their own thoughts, interests and activities. Providing links to these websites does not implicitly or explicitly represent official positions or policies of the University of California, Davis or CSI.Find a Student Org!
Think about your involvement goals
What are your goals for your college experience? What do you hope to get out of your time at UC Davis? These are great questions to think about as you seek involvement opportunities!
Answering these questions for yourself will help you think about what opportunities you want to pursue.
- What am I looking for in an organization or activity?
- Do I primarily want to make new friends?
- Do I want to work on something I believe in?
- Do I want to explore something new?
- Should I be in a group that relates to my major or career interest?
- Do I want a break from my academics?
- What skills do I want to learn?
- Shall I continue an interest from high school?
- Do I want to help make things happen?
- How much time do I have for an organization?
- Can I manage any financial obligations?
Interested in joining a student organization related to a specific interest or major?
Search for a Registered Student Organization (RSO) by category. There are over 15 categories of RSOs at UC Davis, and every RSO relates to at least one. Check out the categories and corresponding RSOs here.
Get a taste for the RSOs on campus that relate to your major or minor by checking out these lists. The lists may not reflect all of the student organizations connected to the different areas of study offered on campus because new student organizations are registering all the time. If you feel like your student organization should be added to one of the lists, please let CSI know.
- College of Letters and Sciences
- College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
- College of Engineering
- College of Biological Sciences
AggieLife is our online portal for student involvement. Spend some time searching through the Student Org Search Tool. All student organizations have a page on this site. You can learn more about student organizations and find links to their websites, Facebook pages, and more.
Create a profile in AggieLife using your UC Davis login ID and password to get the best experience using the site. Once you are logged in, you can send messages directly to the leaders of organizations you are interested in learning more about.
Contact student organizations you are interested in learning more about
Once you have identified a student organization you might be interested in, contact a member to learn more. On the Student Org Search Tool, a Primary Contact is listed for each student organization. Click on the name of a student org to check them out on AggieLife. Use the Contact button/tool to reach out.
In your message, introduce yourself and share that you are interested in learning more about the student org. Ask if there are any upcoming meetings or events you might be able to attend to meet the members and learn about the student org. Most student orgs are always looking for new members, so they will be excited that you are interested in them!
Attend a student organization meeting or event
The best way to find out if a student org is a good fit for you is to spend time interacting with and getting to know the members. Most student organizations have open meetings, so prospective members like you are welcome to attend a meeting without the obligation of joining. Ask the student organization about attending a meeting just to check it out! Attending an event sponsored by the student organization is another great way to interact with members and determine if it is a good fit.
Discuss membership opportunities and expectations
Once you have interacted with some student organizations and have identified one you are interested in joining, talk with the student organization’s leaders about membership requirements and expectations. What meetings are members expected to attend? Are there any membership fees? What is the time commitment to be involved in the organization? Make sure you understand what would be expected of you before joining the student organization. If the student organization feels like a good fit and will help you achieve your involvement goals, and if the student organization is ready to accept new members, you can discuss officially joining!
Top 10 reasons to get involved on campus
- It’s fun. A good balance between work and other pursuits will help you to relax, reduce stress, stay healthy and keep up academically.
- It aids in transition to college by helping you find a niche on campus where you can meet new friends and make a contribution. Involvement contributes to a sense of belonging, community and confidence.
- It often provides direct academic support and preparation for graduate and professional school.
- Involvement give you “hands-on” opportunities to experience what you learn in class, test yourself in a safe environment and apply classroom knowledge to real life situations.
- It helps you build supportive relationships outside of class with students, faculty, staff and community leaders. These networks can really help you persist in your studies when the going gets tough.
- It provides valuable experience that may lead to a career choice and help you develop skills sought by potential employers.
- It can help you learn to structure your time and force you to be a better manager of your schedule and competing responsibilities and activities.
- It gives you opportunities to carry on campus traditions and join student efforts to address global issues, serve the community, educate the campus and pursue artistic or recreational interests. Involvement can promote lifelong interests that enrich your life for years to come.
- It demonstrates the importance of teamwork and communication in problem-solving and conflict resolution, and help you develop leadership, organization and life skills. These skills typically aren’t learned in the classroom but are essential in preparing for your professional life.
- It provides a small group to call home on a large campus, as well as interaction with people from different backgrounds than yourself and exposure to new ideas and cultures.