Student Organizations

Get Involved!

Student organizations provide opportunities for leadership growth and development and support the social, educational, and cultural life of Arcadia University. You are encouraged to join and serve in Arcadia student organizations. By participating you will grow personally and professionally while building new friendships and developing key leadership skills. Review our current student organization offerings below. Find even more details on KnightLife

At the start of each semester, the Office of Campus Life hosts an Activities and Resource Fair where students can meet, learn more, and join organizations. 

KnightLife

KnightLife is the main hub for all things student organizations and campus involvement. You can find campus events, become a member of a student organization, register for leadership and professional development opportunities, and more with just the click of a button. You can learn more by reading our Instructions on how to create your Knightlife account. Download the KnightLife app to stay connected on your mobile device! 

Start a New Organization!

Do you not see a student organization of interest? Are you unsure if we have a particular group? Are you interested in starting a new organization or re-activating an existing organization? The first step is to reach out to the Graduate Assistant for Campus Activities in the Office of Campus Life by emailing ensp-gaca@arcadia.edu. The latest date to complete a new student organization interest form each year is the last Tuesday prior to Spring Break. 

Student Organization Resources

There are many resources and policies to support student organizations conducting business related to student organizations, which can be found in the Student Organization Handbook. Be sure to utilize your Campus Life liaison. Now sure who it is? ... just ask! Email us at studentengagement@arcadia.edu

Student Organization Advisor Resources

An advisor's role varies depending on the desired relationship between the members of the student organization and their advisor. Advisors may serve as mediators, developers, cheerleaders, or more, based on organization needs. We've started to compile an array of Advisor Resources. We will continue to add materials to this folder. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the advisor role or if there are any resources or materials you would like us to provide. Please also feel free to share your best practices and resources. Reach out to studentengagement@arcadia.edu with any questions. 

Student Organizations

Student organizations at Arcadia serve as the backbone of many campus traditions and are an integral and vibrant component of the student experience. Our organizations plan social, educational, and service-related events and programs for the campus community. Recognized student organizations are able to reserve space; participate in the bi-annual Activities and Resource Fair and other student organization fairs, including Family Weekend and Spring Fling; receive valuable leadership training from the AU LEAD program; have access to Campus Life staff, and are eligible for a budget from the Student Government Organization (SGO). Any undergraduate student may participate in student organizations. Graduate students may not hold any official organization positions. 

The following are student organizations recognized by the Student Government Organization. 

 

Academic 

American Chemical Society (ACS) invites, motivates, and encourages students at Arcadia University to explore the many ways that chemistry connects to their world through fun, authentic, and hands-on opportunities.

Art History Enthusiasts Society serves as an opportunity to learn about Art History in a casual, open-minded environment. The club is creates a variety of activities, such as museum excursions, trivia, movie nights relating to art or its accompanying historical contexts, discussions/debates, study sessions, and career planning.

Education Club educates students on and off-campus, on the importance of teaching through activities, trips, discussions, and volunteer work.

Forensic Science Club provides activities and information for individuals interested in the various fields of Forensic Science.

HEAL explores broad and exciting healthcare career opportunities, connects Arcadia students with healthcare professionals, and expands knowledge of the healthcare industry.

Math and Actuarial Science Club (MASC) connects students with a common interest in math and actuarial science majors or minors. 

Pre-Health Professions Club is a space for pre-health professions majors to discuss their major and classes with their peers, to be mentored by professors and other students, and to further their careers in pre-health professions.

Psychology Club is for anyone interested in psychology concepts, whether it's through major, minor, or personal interest. 

Public Health Student Society unites students with common goals and interests directed towards health care, regardless of major.

Activism, Media, Political, & Student Governance

Civic Engagement Society serves as a bridge between members and subject related faculty, changes our community through proposing legislation to proper officials, and fosters debate and the exchange of ideas in an open forum.

Model United Nations Association promotes a polite discourse, learning, and debate of foreign policies while improving skills of leadership, diplomacy, and public speaking. 

PRIDE provides a safe space for discussion and the opportunity for activism for the LGBTQ+ community on campus and build a safe and inclusive community for LGBTQ+ members and allies.

Student Government Organization (SGO) is dedicated to serving Arcadia’s undergraduate population and providing an outlet for student's voice. We are focused on enhancing the Arcadia experience through positive changes to campus.

Young Communist League at Arcadia (YCL) seeks to advance and protect the interests of students and workers on campus and to involve students in the greater struggle for workers rights, democracy, and socialism on and off campus.

 

Event Programming & Performing Arts

Knight Club is an opportunity to continue the passion for dance for those who have had prior experience, or to introduce students with little or no experience to different forms of dance by offering technical assistance and to help experienced dancers grow and keep their passion alive.  They have one collective performance piece each semester that contains other dances composed of various styles and abilities.

Scarlet Letters are Arcadia's acappella group. This is a non-auditioned group that comes together and members do not need any prior singing experience, but we do ask you come prepared to try your best!  We generally only perform at the choir concert at the end of the semester and carol around campus when the holidays are near, as well as other small events if asked.

Student Programming Board (SPB) strives to provide events that meet the social, educational, and cultural needs of the diverse university community while offering various opportunities for student involvement and leadership.

Under Siege Student Productions gives the students of Arcadia a chance to try out new theatrical skills that they may have learned in class or have a strong interest in but aren’t ready to try in full production. They give students the resources to put on many different student-run theatre productions, including necessary limited funding, space, advertising, creating teams, etc.

 

Multicultural 

Black Awareness Society facilitates cultural exchange among the campus population, works in collaboration with the administration to increase the enrollment of African-American students, and works to educate themselves and others about the contributions of African-Americans in the history of our world.

Chinese Food Club is about teaching students who are interested in how to make authentic Chinese food on their own. Our club will talk about the basic Chinese cooking theory and popular dishes, which are decided by all members.

K-Pop Club educates and informs students about Korean Music, Korean Dramas, and Korean culture. The club also expands students’ knowledge of the K-POP subculture. K-POP Club focuses on bringing Korean culture to Arcadia University through formed friendships through the club and through club activities.

Latine Society draws awareness to and educates about the Latino/Hispanic cultures. They aim to unite, support, and learn from one another regardless of ethnicity or race.

POWER promotes social, political, and intellectual growth through means of an internship, mentorship, community involvement, and sisterhood while providing a place that allows for open, non-judgmental dialogue. They also educate themselves and the surrounding community about the contributions of women of color to the campus and to the world.

 

Religious & Spiritual 

Arcadia Christian Fellowship (ACF) provides a comfortable and safe space for all students to pray, learn about God, and share fellowship with one another and the rest of the community.

Newman Club of Arcadia promotes the action of the Catholic Church on campus and to become aware of community needs through community service.

 

Service

Arcadia FTK hosts a year-long fundraising effort at Arcadia University that benefits the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity that assists families whose child is being treated for cancer at Hershey Medical Center.

The Hidden Opponent raises awareness for student-athlete mental health and addresses teh stigma within sports culture. Our goal is to destigmatize mental health in our community. We hope to provide a supportive and open community where everyone can learn more about mental health and Arcadia's resources. 

Special Interest

Arcadia Baking Club gets together to bake and take time outside of class and schoolwork to hang out with friends and relax while making some yummy treats!

Anime Club educates and informs people about anime, manga, and Japanese culture. The club also expands students’ knowledge of anime subculture including things like fan fiction, fan art, cosplay, and Larp.

Arcadia Environmental aims to make Arcadia University more green and sustainable. They have open meetings for the purpose of sharing ideas and working on projects, and educate students and others on campus about current environmental issues and how to be more eco-friendly. They also host speakers and activities for people to attend in order to increase awareness of environmental issues or news.

Film Club unites students with common interests through Film, including creation, editing, production, and viewing. 

Knitting & Crochet Club welcomes all that are interested to be crafty and help others. Not only will people be able to be more crafty and make beautiful hats, scarfs and blankets together, but will also be able to give back to the community.  At the end of each semester, or at the end of fall semester near the holiday season, all that the club makes will be donated to a local health facilities.

Social Justice Society offers an out of the classroom experience for those interested in criminal justice-related events and volunteer services, as well as an opportunity to share thoughts and information about careers and other criminal justice-related topics.

Society for Castle Restoration (SCR) works to celebrate and maintain the beauty of Grey Towers Castle. They also host and plan events that take place in the castle.

The Writer's Bloc is all inclusive writing club, that was created to allow students to kickback outside of their academic assignments, to express themselves freely, and learn how to channel their inner writer.

Sports & Wellness

Arcadia Ultimate Frisbee promotes a healthy and active lifestyle and gives students the chance to be a part of the team and develop their frisbee and teamwork skills.

Equestrian Team strives to promote a friendly atmosphere that provides opportunities for students to ride for pleasure and/or participate in IHSA horse shows.

Self Defense provides students with opportunities to train the mind, body, and spirit to become a disciplined and well-rounded individual through martial arts.