A college education is more than what happens in the classroom. At UCM, students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities outside of the classroom that create a well-rounded educational experience. Getting involved on campus gives students the opportunity to develop interpersonal and leadership skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
From participating in Student Activities events to membership in a fraternity or sorority, UCM has it all! There are many things for students to do on campus including dances, plays, films, concerts, bowling, and being involved in clubs, intramural sports and student government. Taking part in social, cultural and athletic events provides students with many opportunities to learn about themselves, other people and the world in which they live.
More than 200 registered student organizations exist at Central Missouri. Students are able to affiliate with academic honoraries, departmental organizations, religious organizations, sports teams, and special interest groups. Research indicates a positive correlation between involvement and student academic success; one such experience is involvement in student organizations. Participation in student organizations offers a means to apply classroom learning, explore career choices, gain leadership experience and make valuable contacts.
For information, visit the Office of Student Activities, Elliott Student Union 217. To see a list of organizations and descriptions go to the Office of Student Activities Web page ucmo.edu/osa.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
Fraternities and sororities are a special type of student organization that many students choose to join while at Central Missouri. Greek Life offers students the opportunity to develop academic, leadership, and organizational skills, participate in community service, and make lifelong friends. Students join fraternities and sororities through a process called recruitment which typically occurs at the beginning of each semester. Friendship, fun, scholarship, community service, and school spirit - Greek Life has it all! For more information, visit the Office of Greek Life located in Panhellenic Hall, call 660-543-8121 or visit them online at ucmo.edu/GreekLife.
Intercollegiate Athletics and Organized Sports
Central Missouri offers three general classes of organized activities in athletics and sports: intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports, and sports clubs.
Central Missouri belongs to the 14-member Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II.
Varsity sports for women are basketball, bowling, cross-country, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, softball, soccer, and volleyball. For men, they are baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, and wrestling. (Visit the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics, Multipurpose Building, Room 203, for information.)
The Athletic Committee, composed of faculty and students from all parts of the university, advises the intercollegiate athletics program.
An extensive intramural program gives university students, faculty, and staff many opportunities to take part in competitive and non-competitive activities at low cost. Team and individual activities are available for men, women, and co-recreational groups. Among these are badminton, basketball, billiards, bowling, golf, racquetball, rifle and pistol shooting, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, touch football, track, volleyball, wrestling, and many others. (Visit the Office of Student Activities, Student Recreation and Wellness Center or call 660-543-8595 for information.)
Sports clubs give students an opportunity to participate in sports which are not included in the university’s intercollegiate program. Club activities may be intramural (all participants being Central Missouri students) or extra-mural (competition with teams from outside the university). The university funds club sports but assumes no liability for them. (See the Office of Student Activities, Student Recreation and Wellness Center in Garrison or call 660-543-8595 for information.)
Volunteer Services is available for students to match their skills and interests with the community. It is a way for students to utilize their skills and talents to help others give back to the community. There are many reasons and benefits to becoming involved in volunteer services. Students will utilize the volunteer services office to explore ways to continue their service work from past experiences. They will participate in service areas that are related to academic topics. Students will enhance their leadership skills by doing service and it offers them a sense of accomplishment. Some students will become involved in volunteer services when they are searching for service projects to involve their student organization in the community. Volunteer Services also promotes a responsibility to give back to society and helps them achieve a lifetime commitment to service and helping others. For more information about Volunteer Services visit Elliott Union 217 or ucmo.edu/volunteer.