Student Involvement - Clubs and Organizations
Council of Student Organizations (COSO) is a student-run organization responsible for building community through the collaboration between Fairfield's varied student organizations. COSO achieves this goal through allocating funds for student organization events and activities, social gatherings for club leaders to network and collaborate, and educational initiatives focused on helping student organizations to best serve the Fairfield University community. COSO meets Wednesday nights at 5 p.m. in one of the John A. Barone Campus Center meeting rooms. COSO also hosts a General Assembly once a month for all club presidents and COSO representatives.
For more information regarding any of these organizations, please contact Fred Kuo, Director of Student Involvement.
The Council of Student Organizations classifies student organizations in one of four categories: Academic Interest, Advocacy & Community Service, Cultural Interest, and Social & Recreational.
The following is a list of currently recognized student organizations
(Please note: Not all recognized student organizations have registered for the current academic year)
Accounting Club - The accounting club primarily introduces first-year students and sophomores to careers in accounting through speakers from accounting firms and financial institutions.
Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-Med Honor Society) - The National Premedical Honor Society encourages and recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement among pre-professional health students.
Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language Honor Society) - Alpha Mu Gamma is a language National Honor Society. The club participates in frequent fundraising activities, like selling Halloween candy grams, and holds events and speakers relating to different cultures and languages.
Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society) - An academic Jesuit Honor Society committed to the Jesuit Ideal of service.
Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Honor Society) - Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary academic organization for business information professionals that recognizes academic excellence and complements members' formal education by providing interaction among students, faculty, and professionals, and fosters lifelong growth, service, and ethical conduct.
Communication Club (comm.unity) - The Campus Communication Club represents the communication major and aims to network and involve students in communication. Events include an internship panel as well as day trips into the city to visit internship sites and TRL.
Economics Club - The Fairfield University Economics Club plans events to promote the study of economics outside of class. Events include dinner with professors, alumni panels, speakers, trips, economics jeopardy and more. The club is open to all students.
Engineering Student Society (ESS) - The Engineering Student Society seeks to promote the engineering world to all students at Fairfield University who have an interest in the field. Some of our past events include guest lecturers speaking about their personal engineering job experiences. There is an annual trip to CTDI in Philadelphia, and meetings regarding internships and the transition from student to professional engineer following graduation. Club members attend monthly meetings with fellow engineering students and faculty and gain insight into engineering.
Finance Club - Finance Club analyzes the workings of financial markets and the financial intermediaries involved. Students attend presentations from companies such as GE and Morgan Stanley to learn about future career options. Social events consist of the Meet your Professor Christmas Party at The Levee. All majors are welcome!
History Club - The History Club provides an outlet for individuals interested in history and creates programming for the campus community.
Marketing Club - The Marketing Club holds meetings monthly, which consist of a professional from the marketing industry talking to members about a particular topic. The goals of the club are to allow members to learn about the various industries of marketing while being able to network with the speakers who visit.
Model United Nations - Model UNs purpose is to research and discuss issues of international concern in order to attend conferences and compete against other universities.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars (Honor Society): NSCS is an honor society recognizing high-achieving students in the top 20% of their class and offering resources such as access to scholarships, conferences, service work, and career opportunities.
Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics Honor Society) - Pi Mu Epsilon is a chapter of the National Mathematics Honor Society. Members work on events that promote mathematics in the world today. Members are asked to apply based on their mathematics GPA.
Pi Sigma Alpha (Politics Science Honors) - Pi Sigma Alpha is Fairfield's chapter of the Political Science National Honor Society. The club aims to properly recognize the exceptional achievement of students within the political science discipline.
Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society) - Psi Chi is Fairfield's Psychology Honor Society and is open to psychology majors who meet certain requirements. In the past, Psi Chi has held "Welcome Sessions" for new psychology majors, raised money for charities that support literacy and mental health, and sponsored information sessions related to psychology.
Psychology Club - The Psychology Club is an organization of students interested in psychology. The club has fundraisers, such as t-shirt sales, and donates the proceeds to organizations such as Head Start. The club also gets involved with mental health facilities in the area and sponsors career nights featuring speakers who work in some field of psychology.
Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society) - Sigma Tau Delta is the English Honor Society. Membership is for senior English majors and is by invitation. The society promotes literature and literacy-based events on campus, including a Silent Auction and poetry readings.
Student Nurses Association - The Student Nurses Association is a community service and volunteer group. The association's goals are to help out with various community events and fundraisers, raise health awareness, and establish a community of nurses on campus. Past events include the Heart Walk, singing at nursing homes, health fairs, and panels geared toward answering students' questions about the nursing major.
Advocacy & Community Service
Campus Ministry (Arrupe Volunteers, Eucharistic Ministers, Hunger Clean-Up, Lectors, Retreats (Kairos/Freshmen) )
College Republicans - College Republicans is a part of a national network of Republican clubs on college campuses. The group shares a common political philosophy and core principles. The club goes out into the community to help Republican candidates, attend political speakers, and most importantly, meet new people and make some great friends.
Colleges Against Cancer - Colleges Against Cancer strives to raise awareness, fundraise, and be an advocacy group for the American Cancer Society on campus. The club has had their own celebration on the hill, 5k run, and plan on having a sports tournament as well as a relay for life to raise money.
Commuter Club - The Commuter Club is an organization geared at making those student who commute feel more at home through a furnished area in the campus center.
Debate Team - The Fairfield University Debate Team provides students an opportunity to engage in stimulating rounds of debate covering a wide variety of topics. Members compete at other universities, such as Harvard and Princeton, and are offered the chance to debate on the international level as well. Students from all disciplines and backgrounds gain confidence, valuable public speaking skills, and an awareness about both domestic and international issues through this activity and utilize these skills in their post-graduate careers.
Fairfield University Student Association (FUSA) - FUSA is the representative association of the undergraduate student body and is divided into three main branches; Student Senate, Council of Student Organizations (COSO), and the Programming Board.
Inter-Residential Housing Association (IRHA) - IRHA is a student organization that is designed to improve all aspects of on-campus living. IRHA unites all the campus residence halls, townhouses, and apartments and works to promote the general welfare of residential living through the development and improvement of the physical and social environment in each community.
Leaders for Environmental Action at Fairfield (LEAF) - LEAF seeks to increase campus awareness about environmental issues. LEAF is in the process of sorting out the recycling program on campus. They also organize events for Earth week and organize Cans for Candy, which is a recycling drive on campus during Halloween weekend. Read about Fairfield University's Green Movement.
The Mirror - The Mirror is an independent student newspaper that publishes issues weekly during the semester, as well as a more frequently updated online edition.
Tour Guide Program - The Tour Guides serve an integral role in the reputation of Fairfield University. These student volunteers present the campus to prospective students. Tour guides emphasize Fairfield's beautiful surroundings, friendly student body, and opportunities that Fairfield has to offer.
Special Olympics Club - The Fairfield Special Olympics Club is dedicated to promoting awareness and collecting funds for Special Olympics CT athletes with special needs. The club plans various sales, volunteers at regional SOCT events, and is involved with the annual 'Jail and Bail' fundraiser.
Student United Way - The Student United Way partners with the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County to serve the local community by giving, advocating, and volunteering through a variety of different projects and events.
Up 'til Dawn - Up 'til Dawn is the group that raises awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a non-profit research hospital. The club holds a spring event to distribute letters to spread awareness. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's new and innovative technologies save the lives of children every day. As a University we strive to spread the meaning of Hope for a Cure. "One Night. One Campus. One Cause."
Alliance - Alliance is a group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students and straight allies, which exists to promote diversity and acceptance on campus. Alliance holds weekly meetings and a number of events and activities throughout the year. The membership also acts as an advocacy group on campus for LGBT students and issues. Alliance can be contacted at email@example.com.
Anime Club - Anime club provides a means for students who share a common interest in anime and manga through anime showings, various trips to conventions, and access to a special library of anime and manga.
Asian Student Association (ASA) - ASA seeks to spread the awareness of Asian culture on campus. Through various cultural activities and events, such as a Japanese Fall Festival and Chinese New Years, the club hopes to broaden the diversity of the University. Members of ASA participate in activities such as organizing and setting up for these events, visiting Chinatown in New York City, watching Asian films, and cooking traditional food, among other things. Members discuss issues of young Asian and Asian Americans who seek to better understand their cultural identities.
German Club - The German Club's goal is to speak German and learn and experience German, Swiss, and Austrian culture on and off campus.
Kadima - The purpose of Kadima is to make visible Jews and Jewish life on campus, provide support for undergraduate Jewish students, and also promote awareness of Jewish culture around campus.
Spanish American Latino Student Association (SALSA) - The purpose of SALSA is to unite Latinos of all backgrounds, but at the same time infusing Spanish heritage into the Fairfield community.
Umoja (African American and Caribbean Student Association) - Umoja's purpose is to create, stimulate, and maintain cultural activities on campus, focusing on the African American and Caribbean cultures. Umoja also maintains a commitment to the political and social welfare of its members by sponsoring numerous social events, which promote multiculturalism both on campus and in the community.
Social & Recreational
Ballroom Dance Club - Ballroom Dance is a social club where professional instructors teach lessons on various ballroom dances, such as ChaCha, Swing, Waltz, and Tango. The club is a great study break and a way to meet new people. New members are always welcomed. Their main fundraising event is the annual Murder Mystery Dance.
Dance Ensemble - Dance Ensemble engages in jazz, tap, ballet, modern, lyrical, and hip-hop dancing. At the end of the year a recital is put on in the Quick Center. Classes meet once a week and two dances are taught each class.
Fairfield University Band Association - The Band Association offers members a chance to perform and acquire musical skills through instrumental performances and through an understanding of musical styles and theories.
Fairfield University Equestrian Team (FUET) - FUET offers fantastic riding and horse showing opportunities for all skill levels, from beginner to open. The coach works with club members from various riding backgrounds, which can include, but is not limited to; walk/trot riders wanting to canter or competitive jumpers wanting to test their ability on unfamiliar horses. Current club members come from various backgrounds including hunter, jumper and dressage.
Glee Club - The Glee Club performs a varied repertoire of early, classical, and contemporary music in numerous engagements with other choruses, and with festival and symphonic Orchestras.
Stag TV - Stag TV is a student run television station that provides the campus with student produced programming as well as monthly movies. Stag TV also has sub divisional clubs: On-Air Talent Club and Television Writer's Club.
Ice Hockey Club - The Ice Hockey team is a club sport that represents Fairfield University at local hockey games.
The Inkwell (Creative Writing Club) - Fairfield's own Literary Magazine, The Sound, publishes essays, fiction, poetry, artwork, photography, and other artistic works.
Jazz Ensemble - Jazz Ensemble offers members a chance to perform and acquire musical skills through instrumental performances and through an understanding of musical styles and theories.
Martial Arts Club - The Karate Club allows for members of the University Community to enjoy, participate, and compete in Karate.
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Men's Club Soccer - Men's Club Soccer competes in the fall semester as part of the Department of Recreation and the club remains active during each spring semester. Their elected officers will look to schedule home and away contests with area clubs to maintain an active membership. However, these games are played independently of any league format or schedule.
Men's Club Volleyball - Men's Volleyball seeks to, and actively engages in, high level club volleyball in the Northeast and across the nation. As a member of the NECVL, the team engages in a regional league, with yearly participation in the NIRSA sponsored national competition. The team competes against teams from the NCAA, EIVA, and USAV, among others.
Men's Rugby Football Club - The Rugby Football club offers the Fairfield University community the opportunity to compete against other schools in Rugby matches.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) - OCF is the official collegiate campus ministry program under SCOBA (the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas). Their mission is to support fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the Faith.
StagMotion - StagMotion is Fairfield University's first non-committal, recreational dance club. All students are welcome to the weekly two-hour sessions to enjoy stretches, choreography for various types of dance, guest performers and teachers, and the chance to participate in an annual recital. Time to get your Stag Swag on!
Sailing Club - The Sailing Team is comprised of both advanced sailors and novices who practice and compete in dinghy regattas all over New England every weekend in the spring and fall. The club is an entirely student run organization, which means that members are involved in all aspects of team management, including scheduling regattas and running practices. The club owns a fleet of six Flying Juniors and hope to expand as the team grows.
Ski and Snowboard Team - The purpose of the Ski and Snowboard Team is to give students the chance to ski and learn to race as well as improve their skiing ability.
Sounds (a cappella group) - The Sounds is Fairfield University's only student-run a cappella group on campus. They perform one show per semester on campus and travel for other shows by request.
Stags in the Stands - Stags in the Stand's goal is to spread school spirit throughout the campus by providing a spirited cheering section at our athletic events.
Student Alumni Association - The Student Alumni Association works hard to bridge the gap between students and alumni â by showing students the importance of being engaged and giving back and strengthening alumni ties to their alma mater. SAA organizes alumni/student networking events such as Backpack to Briefcase and Speed Networking and staffs alumni events such as Reunion Weekend. SAA also strives to give back to the community with various service activities, including our award-winning Teddy Bears with Love drive which has donated over 14,000 teddy bears to children in hospitals all across the country. As we like to say, “you may be students now, but you’re STAGS for life!”
Running - A sport that is open to all students regardless of how fast he or she is, running combines teamwork with a sense of self satisfaction and victory.
Women's Club Soccer - Women's Club Soccer is a club team that competes in the fall and spring against schools like Northeastern, Yale, UMass, Lehigh, and Sacred Heart.
Women's Club Volleyball - The Women's Club Volleyball team consists of 15 players who compete in the Northeast Women's Volleyball Collegiate League (NWVCL). The team plays other colleges and universities around the Northeast region including Boston University, UCONN, Cornell, University of Delaware, and Rutgers. Practices are held twice per week.
Women's Ice Hockey - Women's Ice Hockey is a place to develop and learn how to play ice hockey. The team practices twice a week with games from October to February. The team works hard and has a lot of fun. Members enjoy the team camaraderie and the competition factor many students lose after high school.
Women's Rugby - Women's Rugby is a club sports team that competes against neighboring teams.
WVOF - WVOF is a non-commercial radio station that broadcasts creative live programming to Fairfield University and Fairfield County via 88.5 FM, and the world via www.wvof.org. WVOF utilizes its studio for teaching and cultivating a communications/media experience for students.
Your Mom Does Improv - Your Mom Does Improv is an organization that aims to spread the awesomeness of improvisation. Student directors teach ensembles the many aspects of improv through weekly rehearsals. Performances are held on a spontaneous basis and everyone is welcome to play. If your mom can do it, so can you!