Students gain valuable skills and experiences through participation in activities, groups, organizations, etc. that can complement their academic education. There are countless opportunities at the University of Illinois to get involved on campus, in the community, regionally and even nationally.

Benefits

  • Involvement with the University is a great way to feel like you are a valuable part of the campus.
  • For new students transitioning to college life, it can be easier with the support of others you meet with like interests.
  • Develop relationships with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Make connections with people who will be important in your college successes.
  • Learn new skills and abilities that can benefit you both personally and professionally.
  • Enhance your resume or graduate school application.

Tips

  • Choose something that interests you or you have a passion for. Avoid joining groups just to join or because someone else is. 
  • Don’t be afraid to try something new. Now is the time to step out of your comfort zone and have new experiences.
  • Find a balance with academics and activities. Keep your priorities as a student in check so you can have success in and out of the classroom.
  • Avoid taking on too much too fast. Start slow with your engagement in activities, groups, clubs, etc. It is a lot easier to add than to take away once you are already involved. Plus this helps you make sure your commitments are a good fit for you.

Resources

  • Welcome Days - Designed to help you get to know campus better and introduce you to the numerous academic and social opportunities available.
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  • International Students
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  • Quad Day - Registered Student Organizations (RSO) and campus offices will be lining the Main Quad and you can get a taste of the diverse organizations Illinois has to offer. With over 1,000 RSOs you are bound to find something you are interested in. Quad Day is the day before classes begin in the fall from Noon – 4:00 p.m. Spring semester there is a similar event called Activity Day which is held indoors.
  • Student Affairs - Several units within Student Affairs offer leadership opportunities in a variety of capacities for students to get involved.

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  • McKinley Peer Education Programs  - Interested in health and wellness? Check out our peer education opportunities in the areas of fitness, nutrition, sexual health, special populations, and stress management. 
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  • Colleges – Check with your college or within your major about organizations, clubs, or activities that may be offered and even related to your field of study.
  • Office of Volunteer Programs
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