Whether you’re a freshman who has never set foot on a college campus before, a transfer student looking to engage with people on a new campus, or an upperclassman who just wants to try out something new joining a club on campus can be a pretty daunting task. Especially when all the SUNY schools offer so many exciting clubs of various activities, it can be difficult to navigate the field. But we’ve made it a just a little bit easier for you by compiling a list of 15 Clubs You Didn’t Know Existed on SUNY campuses. Perhaps you’ll see one on this list that is also on your campus and if not you can gather some friends and create your own!
- Hippies for Hope (SUNY Geneso) – This is a charitable organization that seeks to further the education of girls in Tanzania, Africa and improve the state of mind of children in local hospitals by selling homemade tie dye shirts: one goes to the buyer and an additional one goes to a child in need.
- Student Fashion Society (SUNY Oneonta) – Students in this club come together to gain a better sense of the fashion industry through their own fashion show production, public relations and advertising, and modeling.
- Break Dance Club (University at Buffalo) – Dance like no one is watching. Students in this club hope to foster personal growth and expression through the art of break dancing and exposing others to the b-boying and Hip Hop culture.
- Cardinal P.R (SUNY Plattsburgh) – This is a student run public relations firm that gives the students hands on experience within the field of public relations and enhances their knowledge and understanding of the public relations professional.
- Circus Arts Association (Binghamton University) – If you’re a fan of Cirque du Soleil or Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, this is the club for you. Members of this club learn circus arts such as juggling, unicycle, diabolo, poi (swinging tethered weights in a rhythmic pattern) and much more. They also perform on and off campus.
- Humans Versus Zombies Club (College at (Brockport) – Look out Rick Grimes, help is on the way. HvC is a service club formed to spread the word about the Zombie invasion through games, events, and social gatherings.
- Archery Club (SUNY Cobleskill) – The purpose of this club is to educate students about the art and sport of archery, grow skills through competition, and to establish a community with common interest in the sport.
- Cycling Connection (SUNY ESF) – Exercise, green living, and fun. This club promotes and encourages the use of bicycles in the area in order to increase overall health, safety, and access to transportation for all of the ESF campus.
- Hugs Across America (Farmingdale State College) – This club raise money to donate teddy bears to traumatized/underprivileged youth and also take part in the volunteer work around the area.
- Laser Tag Club (University at Albany) – The future is now. This club meets three times a week where members play laser tag on various fields around the campus.
- Poetry Club (Rockland Community College) – This club exposes students to different styles of poetry and allows them to express themselves through poetry in events on campus such as the Open Mic, Poetry Slam and poetry readings.
- Blush Magazine (FIT) – In the heart of New York City, fashion is everywhere. Blush is a beauty magazine where students get to be a part of the creative process of writing, designing, and reporting on fashion trends and business, from start to finished publication.
- Fishing Club (SUNY Oswego) – Students here can learn about the fishing resources of Oswego and the rivers and creeks that run into Lake Ontario. In addition, members learn how to sustain a fishery ecosystem while respecting the spawning and sensistivity of fish.
- Thirst Project (Tompkins-Cortland Community College) – Students in this club try to combat the worldwide problem of people not having access to safe drinking water. The Thirst Project is a national organization helping to raise awareness of and bring solutions to the clean water crisis.
- Swing Dance Club (SUNY New Paltz) – Relive the Big Band Era and learn to swing dance. This club hosts a bi-weekly social dance as well as teaching a bi-weekly lesson, where students can make new friends and have a great time dancing to the music of the Big Band Era as well as some more modern swing.
Any one of the many clubs available on each SUNY campus provides students the opportunity to meet people, make new friends, and become involved with the surrounding community. If you know of any other unique clubs or organizations on campus, let us know on Twitter or Facebook.