Community Building: Student Organizations

eSlug Newsletter Winter 2015

Fourth installment in a series of articles on community building at UC Santa Cruz. Brought to you by eSlug!

UC Santa Cruz has over 150 registered student-led organizations, giving students a wide variety of opportunities to become engaged while at the same time enriching the campus as a whole. Encourage your students to get involved and become part of the action!

Benefits include:

  • Enhance your academic and social life.
  • Create a supportive community for yourself while you're far from home.
  • Meet people who are like you – or different from you!
  • Hone your leadership skills.
  • Express yourself and make your voice heard.
  • Explore aspects of your identity.
  • Give back to the university by becoming part of its culture.
  • Have fun and de-stress after studying.
  • Pursue a hobby.
  • Test drive a career idea.
  • Build your resumé for job or graduate school applications.

UCSC Admissions keeps a list of our student organizations. Here are just a few categories of our diverse offerings:

Academic and preprofessional organizations

American Medical Student Association, Anthropology Society, Association for Computing Machinery, Golden Key International Honour Society, Information Systems Management Association, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Mock Trial at UCSC, Model United Nations, Multicultural Engineering Program, National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE), Pre-Dental Society, Pre-Pharmacy Student Association, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Society of Physics Students at UCSC, Society of Women Engineers, Sports Medicine Club at UCSC, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Undergraduate Research Science Association


Arts, hobbies, and pastimes

Acquire (a cappella), Chess Club, Cloud 9 A Cappella, Comedy Joust, Cosplay Club, Grupo Folklorico Los Mejicas, Haluan Hip Hop Dance Troupe, The Hightones, Medieval Club, Sports Clubs


Ethnic and sexual orientation identity organizations

African/Black Student Alliance, Asian/Pacific Islander Student Alliance, Black Men's Alliance, Black Sistas United, Chicanos and Latinos Educandose, Chinese Student Association, Engaging Education, Familia X, Filipino Student Association, Hermanas Unidas, Hmong Student Association, Indian Student Organization, Japanese Student Association, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (MEChA), Queer Geeks, Queer Student Union, Student Alliance of North American Indians (SANAI)


Greek organizations

College Panhellenic, 27 Different Greek Letter Organizations, Inter Greek Council



Acts 2 Christian Fellowship, Chabad Student Club, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Faith Education Action Service Together (FEAST), Hillel, International Students Inc., InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Jewish Student Union, Muslim Student Association, Newman Catholic Campus Ministry, Orthodox Student Fellowship, Secular Student Alliance, Sikh Student Association, UCSC Buddhist Fellowship


Student media

Student Organizations.

Alay, City on a Hill Press, Eyecandy Film Journal, Film Production Coalition, Fish Rap Live! (humor magazine), Gaia, KZSC, Leviathan Jewish Journal, Matchbox Magazine, RainbowTV, Red Wheelbarrow, SCTV, TWANAS (Third World and Native American Student Press)


Sustainability organizations

Education for Sustainable Living Program, Gente de la Tierra, Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA), Sea Slugs, Student Environmental Center


Student organizations are overseen by the office of SOAR/Student Media/Cultural Arts and Diversity (SOMeCA) on campus, which is dedicated to student organizations as a vital part of the educational mission of the university.

For more information about student organizations at UCSC, please contact SOAR at or (831) 459-2934.