Student Organizations and Activities
Being one of 40,000 plus students can be daunting, but joining student organizations can introduce you to a community of people pursuing similar hobbies and interests. Not only can you gain lifelong friends and unforgettable memories, but you also cultivate real-world skills -- and have fun at the same time.
Michigan Engineering has a variety of unique organizations that celebrate the diversity and social identities of our student body. Cultural or Ethnic Orgs offer a chance to connect with the community to offer support and alliance. The office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs will help keep you informed about the events and active orgs on campus, and the Spectrum Center focuses on gender identity to help you feel comfortable in your own skin. U-M also has a diverse range of religious and spiritual groups available to all students.
Identity-based orgs are also great opportunities for international students to feel closer to home, despite being thousands of miles away. Visit a list of International Student Orgs to explore the many options U-M offers.
Design, Test, Build Orgs
The design, test and build organizations at Michigan Engineering offer you the opportunity to get hands-on experience while still in college. With more than 50 teams in the Wilson Student Team Project Center, you can experience hands-on development, fabrication and develop a well-rounded approach to the engineering system. From Solar Car to BLUELab, the center furnishes groups with an opportunity to interact, share ideas and showcase their projects.
Many students in the center also participate in the Multidisciplinary Design Program, which gives students real experience solving real problems by encouraging teamwork in different specialties.
Professional & Academic Orgs
Being in an academic or professional organization is certainly a resume booster, but it’s more than that. Joining a professional or academic organization is the perfect way to showcase leadership, expertise and commitment to excellence, and it can truly help you make lasting connections with like-minded people. Most of all, it’s a chance to demonstrate commitment to engineering by giving back to the community through tutoring, mentoring or industry sessions. Find out what orgs or societies you might be interested in.
One of the university’s longest traditions, Greek Life will welcome you into a family away from home, creating opportunities and friendships that will last for years to come. The legacy of Greek life at U-M dates back to 1845, when two national fraternities established chapters in Ann Arbor. Today, almost 5,000 students are involved in the Greek Community, with many unique and culturally diverse fraternities and sororities available to anyone.
With a campus shared with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and a town dedicated to local artists, the college is surrounded by chances to get involved with music and there are plenty of performances to attend.
Michigan Engineers comprises more than one-third of the Michigan Marching Band, and students interested in playing percussion, brass and woodwinds or being a flag bearer are encouraged to audition and join this musical legacy.
Arts & Culture
As one of Michigan’s cultural hotspots, U-M students can take advantage of film festivals, art fairs and award-winning theatre just minutes away from campus. Located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, the historic Michigan Theatre is a mecca of culture. You can catch organ performances, live speakers, current movies and concerts -- plus the annual Ann Arbor Film Festival and TED talks. Browse local museums, galleries and performing arts!