Getting Involved on Campus

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North Dakota State has over 300 student organizations with some being career-based, recreational, service-based, spiritual or cultural among others. A majority of the student body is involved with these organizations, as three out of four NDSU students participate in a student organization in an average week.

“Students can tie together what they learn in the classroom to what they learn in the community,” Assistant Director of Campus Activities Kim Bruemmer said. “It is a chance for students to escape from reality and give them the opportunity to just go out and have some fun without having to think about classes.”

Campus organizations vary in size. One of the smallest organizations only has nine members, while the largest organization on campus, Saddle and Sirloin, has approximately 300 members.

“A lot of students in fraternities and sororities tend to overlap into other organizations,” said Bruemmer. Greek life is also prevalent on campus, having over 800 active members spread across the 16 chartered fraternities and sororities at NDSU with Omega Psi Phi waiting to be chartered.

“There are four pillars in Greek life,” Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Renee DuBois said. These four pillars are academic, service and philanthropy, brotherhood and sisterhood, and networking. Therefore their goals are to have a sufficient grade point average, be connected with a charity or national non-profit in order to do their part in the community, help adapt students to NDSU and connect members to alumni in the Fargo-Moorhead area and alumni across the United States.

“I would encourage students to log into myNDSU,” Bruemmer said. “This website is set up so students can search broad categories of organizations as well as specific organizations making it easier to find your interests on campus.”

There are clubs for many different interests. If you cannot find the right club for you, students can make their own. Students can get involved in clubs and activities by exploring myNDSU or visiting the Student Activities Office in the Memorial Union.

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