Student Life

Clubs & Organizations

Your college experience isn’t just about what happens in the classroom.  Students at RIT are encouraged to get involved on campus, whether that means joining a club, participating in Student Government, or going Greek.  With over 250 active clubs, 11 major student organizations, and 30 Greek organizations at RIT, there’s something that is sure to pique your interest!  Find out more through the Center for Campus Life.

In addition, the College of Liberal Arts sponsors the following student organizations:

College of Liberal Arts Student Advisory Board

The College of Liberal Arts Student Advisory Board (COLA SAB) is student organization run by liberal arts students and sponsored by the Dean's office. COLA SAB acts as the voice of students who are enrolled in a College of Liberal Arts program.  The group actively participates in addressing issues within the College of Liberal Arts, gives opinions about subjects that affect RIT students as a whole, and works to improve the student experience here at RIT.

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Babak Elahi (bxegsl@rit.edu)

Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA)

The Criminal Justice Student Association at RIT provides students interested in criminal justice a chance to engage their interests outside of the classroom in exciting ways. CJSA is an organization that allows students and faculty to work together to explore opportunities in the community and criminal justice fields through research, volunteer work and trips.

For more information, contact faculty advisors Dr. Judy Porter (jlpgcj@rit.edu) or Dr. Jason Scott (jxsgcj@rit.edu)  

Lambda Pi Eta – Communications Honor Society

More than 100 students and alumni of the Department of Communication degree programs are members of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication honor society of the National Communication Association. The honor society's mission is to stimulate interest in the discipline of communication and promote professional development among communication majors. Lambda Pi Eta recognizes and fosters outstanding scholarship and achievement in communication studies.  Induction is by invitation and requires Junior standing as a Communication major and a minimum 3.35 GPA in at least 18 hours of communication courses. Lambda Pi Eta builds stronger relationships between faculty and students, and assists students exploring options for graduate education in communication. Lambda Pi Eta members engage in service projects and are leaders in the Department of Communication.

For more information, contact faculty advisor Professor Keri Barone (klbgpt@rit.edu)

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Omicron Delta Epsilon is the international honor society for Economics at RIT. It is one of the world's largest academic honor societies. The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics; the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within colleges and universities, and among colleges and universities; the publication of its official journal, The American Economist, and sponsoring of panels at professional meetings as well as the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions. Each year at RIT, we induct students who meet the minimum standards for membership at the annual Spring Economics Party. 

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Bríd Gleeson Hanna (bxggse@rit.edu)

Philosophy Club

RIT's Philosophy Club is made up of students who enjoy informal, thought-provoking discussions on topics of broad interest, such as human rights, current political issues, how the mind works, and arguments concerning religion. The club holds regular discussion meetings, sponsors presentations by faculty members and guest speakers, meets to attend movies and events of philosophical interest, and sponsors an undergraduate philosophy conference in the spring. Meetings are informal, fun, and no experience is necessary.

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Evelyn Brister (elbgsl@rit.edu)

Political Science Club

The purpose of the Political Science Club is to assist students in expanding their knowledge of local, state, national and international politics; and to provide a non-partisan space for students to discuss political questions and ideas freely and openly.

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Sean Sutton (sdsgsm@rit.edu)

Prelaw Association

Open to all majors, the RIT Prelaw Association holds meetings and seminars on preparing for law school and sponsors a speaker series on law related topics. The purpose of the Prelaw Association is to encourage students interested in law or law-related professions, prepare students to apply for and attend law school, and develop student research, writing, and advocacy skills.

For more information, contact faculty advisors Dr. LaVerne McQuiller Williams, J.D., Ph.D. (llmgcj@rit.edu) or Jennifer Gravitz, J.D. (jlgnge@rit.edu)  

Psychology Student Society

RIT's Psychology Student Society combines scholarship, community, and friendship by fostering working relationships with the Psychology department and engaging the Rochester area through philanthropy and the Imagine RIT Festival.  By hosting activities and events, we hope to give back to the university, as well as serve as a source of intellectual discussion for those interested in the field of psychology.

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Tywanquila Walker (tlwgsh@rit.edu)  

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

PRSSA members have the opportunity to attend exclusive events, network with professionals, learn about public relations from first-hand experience, and obtain reduced professional fees for the parent organization, Public Relations Society of America.  Members can use skills learned in public relations courses before starting their careers. "Advancing the profession and the 'student professional" is what this organization is all about. PRSSA meets monthly. Some helpful websites are www.rit.edu/prssa and www.prssa.org

For more information, contact faculty advisor Professor Mike Johansson (mojgpt@rit.edu)

RIT Student Music Association (RITSMA)

RITSMA is RIT's Student Music Association. The group exists to support and promote music on campus through Battle of the Bands, Open Mic Nights, concerts, trips, fundraisers, and more. RITSMA serves as a web of contacts for independent musicians at RIT and in the Greater Rochester Area. They are always looking for new talents, new interests, and new insights!

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Carl Adkins (cjagsh@rit.edu) or the club president (ritsmarocks@gmail.com)

Sigma Iota Rho — Honor Society for International Studies

Membership in the society is a sign of high academic distinction. Among other benefits, members can publish in the Journal for International Studies, apply for research and travel grants, and gain professional networking opportunities in the global network. 

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Michael Laver (mslgsh@rit.edu)  

Signatures

Signatures Magazine, RIT's award-winning, student-run art and literary magazine, was founded in 1985, and publishes annually. Signatures also sponsors art exhibitions, poetry readings and slams, and other events on campus. They welcome student submissions and staff participation.

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. John Roche (jfrgla@rit.edu)

Drumline

The RIT Drumline is a performing arts group consisting of Battery and Pit percussion ensembles. The RIT Drumline competes in the New York State Percussion Circuit, where it is currently the defending State Champion of its class. The Drumline also plays at various sports events and festivals on campus to support RIT teams.

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Jon Kruger (jhkgls@rit.edu)

Pep Band

The Pep Band plays at all men's Division I hockey games in the Frank Ritter Arena, as well as other athletic and non-athletic events.  The pep band consists of many instruments to create that much needed atmosphere of school spirit at the hockey games.  Included instruments are drums/marching drums, electric guitar/bass, electric violin, French horns, flutes, clarinets, saxophone, trumpets, trombone, alto, baronets, and the all-important conductor.  The Pep Band always welcomes new members!

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Jon Kruger (jhkgls@rit.edu)