Want to get ahead? Get involved.

Sure, you could create a college experience consisting of going to classes, eating and sleeping, but there’s not much fun in that.

Why not have some fun and build some great job skills at the same time?

In today’s competitive job market, strong leadership skills and service experience can give a new job seeker a big advantage.

There are hundreds of ways to gain those skills at CMU. The Student Activities and Involvement office is ready to help.

Opportunities abound, from setting up concerts to volunteering for service projects to attending campus and community events.

“It’s the connections that make you feel a part of CMU,” says Damon Brown, director of the Office of Student Activities and Involve​ment. “There’s a group or organization that fits the interest of any person from any background. The fun part is choosing.”

There are more than 400 registered student organizations on campus. Add in intramural sports, volunteer opportunities and more than 500 campus events a year, and there's never an excuse to be bored or uninvolved.

Studying biology? Physical therapy? Physics? Social work? Communications? There's a club for that.

Program Board is a student-led organization that coordinates campus speakers, concerts, film festivals and performing arts programs.

Student Government Association is the official voice for the student body. Several political organizations on campus attract students interested in government and politics.

Greek life offers a lifetime of connections, friends and memories.

Several multicultural awareness groups offer students the chance to support, educate or be an advocate for diversity.

Volunteerism is huge at CMU. The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center offers local, regional and national volunteer opportunities, including the nationally ranked Alternative Breaks program. Looking for something quirky? The Central Squirrel Club is dedicated to the feeding and general welfare of the squirrels on campus.

Why should students get involved?

National research shows students involved in extracurricular activities in college are more likely to:

  • Graduate and have a higher GPA;
  • Develop leadership and teamwork skills;
  • Stress less and have a sense of belonging; and
  • Impress employers with strong resumes.

Visit Student Activities and Involvement online at cmich.edu/sai for a complete list of campus activities and organizations.

Whether your student is a freshman looking for ways to transition to college life or a senior hoping for hands-on experience before hitting the job market, CMU has the perfect opportunity.