Rutgers is a big place, and with over 40,000 undergraduate students enrolled at the New Brunswick campus, it is easy to become overwhelmed.
Getting involved and finding a student organization that aligns with your interests and passions can help you find your home and your community. The Student Involvement and Leadership team advises over 500 student organizations, ranging from academic to social organizations and much more. Getting the most out of your Rutgers experience means participating in this vital part of our community!
Active participation in organizations provides opportunities to enhance leadership skills, make you more marketable to employers and graduate programs, develop lifelong friendships, discover passions and strengths, and gain practical skills and competencies. Getting the most out of your Rutgers experience means participating in this vital part of our community!
Why to get involved:
Active participation in organizations provides opportunities to enhance leadership skills, develop lifelong friendships, discover passions and strengths, and gain practical skills and competencies.
- Get involved because it eases the transition from high school to college.
- Get involved because it helps you meet people and make friends with those who have similar interests.
- Get involved because you will find people who share the same interests, goals and values as yourself, strengthening your sense of purpose.
- Get involved because involved students have higher GPAs than uninvolved students.
- Get involved because involved students are more likely to graduate.
- Get involved because involved students feel more connected to the university, the campus, the people, and are more familiar with the resources the university provides.
- Get involved because involved students are happier with their college experience.
- Get involved because being involved advances your development on all levels: intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and social.
- Get involved because you will gain knowledge, skills, and experience in leadership.
- Get involved because you will develop skills in communication and problem-solving.
- Get involved because you will improve skills in group development and management.
- Get involved because you will learn about budgeting, finance processes, and negotiation.
- Get involved because you will improve your presentation and public speaking skills.
How to Get Involved:
Rutgers provides a wide variety of different organizations in different categories, including academic, political, and leisure. To view a directory of the organizations, click here.
This link will take you to getINVOLVED.rutgers.edu, the platform for organizations at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Use the search bar on the left to explore different Rutgers organizations.
Here are a few steps to assist you with finding your niche and your community on campus:
- Think about your interests and those topics or areas that you are passionate about. Also think about how leadership opportunities might assist you with your future endeavors.
- Go to the getINVOLVED Platform and log in with your netID and password to view our directory of organizations and think about which organizations align with your interest. Take a chance, and email the executive board members of your top org choices, or perhaps find out when their next meeting will be and stop by. *While you are logged in, update your profile (make it amazing) and your interests.
- We encourage you to visit getINVOVLED weekly to stay up to date on upcoming events and things to do! Most events listed on getINVOLVED are open to all students and sometimes there is free food! *Download your getINVOLVED Event pass and save it in your phone so you are ready to scan in when you arrive at these amazing events!
- Lastly, make a 30 minute appointment with the Engagement Hub and meet with an Engagement Ambassador to TRULY Discover Your Why, Explore Your Potential, Make an Impact!
Student organization officers learn budgeting, finance, processes, and negotiation. They improve skills in group development and management, and hone presentation and public speaking skills.
Recruitment and Elections Opportunities
- Leader Corps
Leader Corps are premier student leaders working to provoke thought, cultivate confidence, and inspire action in the Rutgers community. Leader Corps are trained to facilitate high impact experiences for their peers. Learn more about the Leader Corps.
- Rutgers Commuter Student Association (RCSA)
Are you a commuter student looking to get involved? Then join RCSA’s Executive Board and help create a community for commuters at Rutgers. Learn more about RCSA.
Stay tuned for more information on how to apply for RCSA’s Executive Board.
- Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA)
The Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) is the university-wide student programming council that serves the entire Rutgers community. Learn more about RUPA.
Stay tuned for more information on how to apply for positions in RUPA.
- Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA)
The Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) is the official governing body for undergraduate students at the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses. Learn more about RUSA.
RUSA Election seasons start with several info sessions held around every campus. The purpose of these sessions is to get new members informed on how RUSA elections work and see if they want to join the assembly. At info sessions, typically a student will find someone to help them join a ticket in the election, however, a student can run independently if they so choose.
Stay tuned for more information on how to become a candidate in RUSA elections.
- RUSA Allocations Board
The RUSA Allocations Board is an affiliated committee of RUSA that operates separately from RUSA and is responsible for the allocation of funds to registered Rutgers University student organizations, as well as various registered events on an as-needed basis.
Allocations will be holding multiple info sessions about the board for those interested in applying. Stay tuned for more information on the application process.