Student-Led Clubs & Organizations

UC Santa Cruz has over 150 registered student organizations and associations based on academic, athletic, ethnic, religious, political, and cultural interests.

Descriptions of these groups can be found on the following websites:

Jack Baskin School of Engineering

SOAR (Student Organization Advising and Resources)

SOMeCA (SOAR/Student Media/Cultural Arts and Diversity)



  • Anthropology Society
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Chican@s and Latin@s Educandose
  • Chinese Students & Scholars Association
  • Cognitive Science Student Association
  • Communicating Oceanography Research Effectively (CORE)
  • Community Unified Student Network (CUSN)
  • Engineers for Change
  • eWomen at UC Santa Cruz
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Hermanos Unidos de UCSC
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Information Systems Management Association (ISMA)
  • Kuya Ate Mentorship Program
  • Legal Education Association for Diversity (LEAD)
  • Mock Trial at UCSC
  • Model United Nations Club (SlugMUN)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)
  • Slugs United by Mathematics (SUM)
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWESLUGS)
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society


Cultural & Identity

  • A Step Forward
  • African Student Union
  • African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT)
  • Afrikan/Black Student Alliance (ABSA)
  • Armenian Student Association (ASA)
  • Asian/Pacific Islander Student Alliance (APISA)
  • Black Men's Alliance (BMA)
  • Black Sistas United (BSU)
  • Centro Americanos Unidos (CAU)
  • Chinese Student Association
  • Empowering Latino Advancement Through Education & Development (ELATED)
  • Engaging Education (e2)
  • Filipino Student Association
  • Grupo Folklorico Los Mejicas
  • Hermanas Unidas (HaU)
  • Hmong Student Association (HSA)


  • Indian Student Association (ISA)
  • Japanese Student Association (JSA)
  • Jewish Student Union (JSU)
  • Korean American Student Association (KASA)
  • Mixed Ethnicities Student Headquarters (MESH)
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA)
  • Multi-Cultural Festival Planning Committee
  • Queer Student Union (QSU)
  • Sikh Student Association
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
  • Student Alliance of North American Indians (SANAI)
  • Taiwanese Student Union
  • Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)

Environmental & Sustainability

  • Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP)
  • Gente de la Tierra (GDLT)
  • Organic Business Club
  • Sea Slugs
  • Student Environmental Center (SEC)

General Interest

  • Active Minds
  • Brain, Mind, Consciousness Society
  • Cosplay Club at UC Santa Cruz
  • CreateU at UCSC
  • Health and Nutrition Club (H&N)
  • League of Slugs (LOS)
  • Medieval Club of UCSC
  • Metal Slugs
  • Santa Cruz Fighting Game Community
  • Slug Gaming
  • SlugLug Linux Users' Group

Greek Letter Organizations

  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Alpha Psi Sorority
  • College Panhellenic
  • Delta Sigma Pi
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Inter-Greek Council
  • Kappa Gamma Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kappa Zeta
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon
  • Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated
  • Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity
  • Pi Alpha Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.
  • Sigma Mu Delta
  • Sigma Omicron Pi
  • Sigma Phi Zeta
  • Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority
  • Sigma Pi Fraternity International
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Pi Sigma

Performing & Visual Arts

  • Ambience at UCSC
  • Cloud 9 A Cappella
  • Comedy Joust
  • Game Design and Art Collaboration (GDA)
  • Haluan Hip Hop Dance Troupe
  • Interval
  • Isang Himig Multi-Cultural A Capella
  • Kasama Ballroom Dance Troupe
  • Kinetic Poetics Project (KPP)
  • Pagkakaisa Dance Troupe (PDT)
  • People of the Islands (POI)
  • People Power Acting Troupe
  • Popreka
  • Rainbow Theater
  • Sabrosura Latin Dance Troupe
  • Salsita Dance Troupe
  • Slugs in Fishnets
  • Slugz II Men
  • Slugworks Animation
  • The Hightones
  • Vagina Organization

Political & Advocacy

  • Banana Slugs for Animals
  • California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG)
  • College Democrats at UCSC
  • Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)
  • Free the Slaves
  • J Street U at UCSC
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (MEChA)
  • Platypus Affiliated Society (PAS)
  • Slugs for Israel
  • Students for Justice In Palestine (SJP)
  • The Freedom Coalition


  • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting (ALPFA)
  • American Fisheries Society at UCSC (AFS)
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
  • Emergency Medical Slugs (EMS)
  • Gesher Group
  • iSee Pre-Optometry Club
  • Microcontrollers and Application Processors (MAAP)
  • Morning Sign Out (MSO)
  • Pre-Dental Society
  • Pre-SOMA (Students of Osteopathic Medical Association)
  • Pre-Veterinary Club at UCSC
  • Scholars of Accounting Society (SAS)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Students for Professional Development (SPD)
  • The American Red Cross Association (ARCA) at UCSC
  • Translate
  • University Economics Association (UEA)

Religious & Spiritual

  • Acts 2 Christian Fellowship
  • Klesis Christian Fellowship
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA)

(non-student-led religious groups can be located through the University Interfaith Council:


  • Circle K International
  • Colleges Against Cancer (CAC)
  • Community Aid & Resources Project (CARe)
  • Global Citizens United (GCU)
  • Oxfam America at UCSC
  • Rotaract Club of Santa Cruz County
  • The Balloon Art Brigade
  • The Listening Post (TLP)
  • Volunteers for Intercultural and
    Definitive Adventures (VIDA)

Student Media

  • Alay
  • Banana Slug News
  • Chinquapin Thirty-four
  • City on a Hill Press
  • Eyecandy
  • Film Production Coalition
  • Fishrap
  • Gaia
  • Leviathan Jewish Journal
  • Matchbox Magazine
  • On the Spot
  • Rainbow TV
  • Red Wheelbarrow
  • Scientific Slug
  • SCTV
  • TWANAS (Third World and Native American Students Press Collective)

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