Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Since learning extends beyond the classroom, GS Student Life encourages students to become involved in programs and activities that enhance their educational experience and personal growth. A wide range of student organizations address both personal and professional interests in the arts, politics, identity, culture, sports and recreation, religion, and many more, all of which provide opportunities to enrich student life, the Columbia community, and Columbia's New York City neighbors.

General Studies Student Council | GS-Focused | University-Wide
Club Sports and Intramurals | Forming New Groups | Fraternities and Sororities
Activities Day

General Studies Student Council

The General Studies Student Council (GSSC) pursues academic, political, social and administrative initiatives, and serves as a liaison between the student body, the GS administration, University offices, and student organizations.  Members of the GSSC plan academic and social events on campus, enact policies that positively impact GS students, collaborate with the other Student Councils at Columbia, and work with University administrators.

GS-Focused Student Organizations

GS Student Life advises student organizations that support the GS community. These groups include:

Arts Collective (ArtC)
ArtC is a student organization, recognized by the Activities Board at Columbia, dedicated to providing spaces for artistic expression.

Columbia University Family Support Network (CUFSN)
CUFSN is a student organization, recognized by the Student Governing Board, dedicated to meeting the needs of students in GS and across the university, with families. They work to provide resources and develop family-friendly programming.

The Food Pantry at Columbia 
The Food Pantry at Columbia envisions a campus in which every student, regardless of their affiliation or socioeconomic status, has sufficient access to nutritious food. The mission of the Food Pantry is to relieve hunger through the acquisition and distribution of food to those students who most need it and to lead our campus community in the fight against hunger.
Facebook: The Food Pantry at Columbia

Green Owls
Green Owls are an intercollegiate community of students and non-students, founded at the School of General Studies at Columbia University who are inspired to more deeply understand and shape long-term relationships between Earth and all of its inhabitants. Through consensus-based dialogue, Green Owls creates spaces for cultural exchange, sharing wisdom, fostering collective reassurance, and collaborating with the wider community on Sustainable Columbia initiatives and beyond.

GS Alliance
GS Alliance is a student organization, recognized by the Student Governing Board, dedicated to the advancement of education and advocacy regarding issues of special interest to the LGBTQA community and its allies.

Koreans in GS (KIGS)
KIGS is a student organization, recognized by the Activities Board at Columbia, dedicated to building community among Korean students at GS.

U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University (MilVets)
MilVets is a student organization, recognized by the Activities Board at Columbia, dedicated to serving the needs of military veterans and their families on campus.

Postbac Premedical Association (PMA)
The Premedical Association, which is made up of GS Postbac Premed and GS Undergraduate Premed students, works closely with premedical advisors to build a supportive community. The PMA also supports a number of auxiliary groups for specific interests. Visit the GS Postbac Premed Student Life website for additional information.

Student of Color Alliance (S.O.C.A.)
S.O.C.A. is an unrecognized student group dedicated to providing a space to discuss issues affecting GS students of color.

University-Wide Student Organizations

Columbia University has over 500 student organizations that are open to students in all four undergraduate schools.

To learn more about student groups on campus, visit LionLink to search for student organizations, check out member rosters, view a calendar of upcoming student group events, and more.

Club Sports and Intramurals

Club Sports at Columbia University is home to 36 student run recreational and sports organizations. Students with common interest in recreation and sports organize these Club Sports to collectively pursue their passions.

The Columbia Intramural Program provides Dodge Fitness Center members with opportunities to participate in competitive leagues and tournaments in a variety of team and individual sports and activites.

Forming New Student Groups and Organizations

Students are encouraged to contact GS Student Life for more information by emailing

To learn about the student organization governing boards at Columbia University, including steps to official recognition, please visit the Columbia Activities Board (ABC) or the Student Governing Board (SGB).

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Fraternities and Sororities have been a part of Columbia University for over 175 years and have existed by virtue of the University's endorsement and support. The 28 sororities and fraternities at Columbia are open to every full-time undergraduate in any division of the University. GS students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with various chapters on campus during each organization's recruiting program.

Columbia University Activities Day

Activities Day is a special event at the start of the fall semester where students have the opportunity to meet student leaders from over 500 clubs and organizations, including club sports, community service groups, cultural organizations, performing arts groups, religious and spiritual groups, political and activist organizations, pre-professional and recreational organizations, sororities, fraternities, and student government, to name a few. Student organizations and clubs fill College Walk, Low Plaza, and Butler Plaza with colorful banners, information for prospective new members, and giveaways for interested students.