Immerse Yourself in Student Clubs and Organizations at Elmira

Elmira College is home to more than 50 incredible student clubs and organizations, which you can join at any time during the academic year. Getting involved with clubs is a great way to explore your interests, delve into activities you care about, and forge lifelong connections with the friends you meet.

You’ll find clubs for most interests and academic pursuits. To help you get to know Elmira’s campus organizations, the College hosts an Involvement Fair each fall during Term I. In the meantime, we invite you to explore the options below.

Or create your own!

Can’t find a club that matches your interests? Start one yourself. Get some friends together and contact the Office of Campus Life. We’ll happily help you complete all the steps necessary to start and promote a student club on campus. Email us at campuslife@elmira.edu to get started.

Jasmine Knox '26

"The campus is much more lively thanks to the clubs. I am in the Black Student Union, which aims to bring together black students and those who support them. It provides a platform for those who would not typically have a voice and has played an important role in my college life, introducing me to many other students."

Jasmine Knox '26
 

The Arts

Danceline performs at the Octagon Fair
Do you enjoy expressing your ideas in new mediums and bonding with fellow creatives? Sing, dance, sculpt, paint, and more in one of Elmira College's arts clubs!

Arts Organizations

Alpha Psi Omega Club

Alpha Psi Omega's goal is to acknowledge the achievements made by students in the theater field and encourage the artistic expression of students through theater.

Competitive Dance Club

The Competitive Dance Club provides an opportunity for students to compete in dance at the NCA/NDA Nationals hosted each April in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Elmira College Danceline

Danceline promotes school spirit, provides halftime entertainment at athletic events, and represents the school and community at dance team appearances and competitions at all levels. Its mission is to provide dancers with a successful and meaningful experience in a positive and healthy environment. The success of this team is due to a strong commitment from the dancers and the captains.

The Chiclettes

The Chiclettes is a student-run women's a cappella group that performs on and off campus. They enjoy making music for the college and community and rehearse three times a week for two hours. Members are selected through open auditions held at least once per academic year.

 

Help the Community

Members of Circle K sit at a table during the Engagement Fair
Do you enjoy helping out your neighbors or raising money for a good cause? Elmira College's service organizations offer you a chance to become involved and make our area a better place to live.

Service Organizations

Circle K Club

Circle K's purpose is to focus on Leadership, Service and Fellowship. Our mission is to give back to the community while raising great leaders and building friendship along the way.

Elmira College Dance Marathon

Elmira College Dance Marathon works to raise funds and awareness to change kids’ health and change the future for our Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Rotaract Club

Rotaract's purpose is to give back to the community and help students fulfill the community service requirement. The campus group is affiliated with Rotary.

 

Expand Your Learning and Explore Your Interests

Chemistry Club members mix up slime during the Slime the Faculty event
Students sit around plants at the Environmental Club table
Several clubs are available at Elmira College for academic and more specialized interests spanning culture, lifestyle, hobbies, and more.

Academic and Special Interest Organizations

Active Minds

Active Minds provides opportunities for students interested in the field of psychology to socialize together and emphasize the importance of mental health on campus.

Bioplastics Pals

The mission of Bioplastics Pals is to collaborate and work on a solution to single-use plastic infesting our earth.

Black Student Union

The Black Student Union's mission is to provide a safe space for students who identify as Black, African, or part of the African Diaspora, AND to any student who is searching for a safe space to chat about pressing societal issues and "hot topics'' while simultaneously learning through the expression of other students and the stories they wish to share.

Chemistry Club

The Chemistry Club promotes academic excellence, undergraduate research, and service to the community and profession within Chemistry.

Club Men's Ice Hockey

The club Men's Ice Hockey team provides an opportunity for students to play ice hockey outside of the varsity-sponsored athletic programs. The Soaring Eagles team will compete in the Upstate New York Collegiate Hockey League, which is primarily comprised of smaller colleges and universities in Upstate New York and has grown to Pennsylvania and Vermont.

Dungeons & Dragons Club

The Dungeons & Dragons Club provides a place for students to get together and play Dungeons & Dragons while helping to improve the sense of community on campus and teamworking skills.

Environmental Science Club

This is a group for students interested in the environment. The Environmental Science Club partakes in activities/demonstrations relating to the environment and work to implement environmental sustainability at EC.

F.I.G.H.T. Club

The F.I.G.H.T. Club highlights feminists who want to fight for inclusivity, gender, humanity, and transparency.

Hiking Club

Hiking Club is a way for adventure seekers to find community and get outside. Through a google chat, members will be able to plan spontaneous hikes with one another, and be in the loop for larger planed group hikes that will occur about once a month.

International Club

The purpose of this club is to bring international students together in the EC community. The club wants to create a space for international students to come together, to share their experiences living outside and inside the USA. The club is also a resource for members to support each other and to provide a sense of belonging.

ISAA (Intercultural Student-Athlete Alliance)

The ISAA integrates the student-athlete experience in hopes of cultivating relationships and networking amongst student-athletes on campus. The alliance also strives to create an environment where student-athletes can share personal, academic, and professional issues and highlights with a diverse group.

Mock Trial Club

You will learn essential skills such as public speaking, critical thinking, and the art of forming a persuasive, cohesive argument as you prepare to simulate a real trial.

Morgan's Message

Morgan's Message is a mental health club that focuses on student-athletes. Its mission is to help eliminate the stigma behind athlete mental health and to provide a community others can confide in.

PRIDE Club

The PRIDE Club's mission is to provide a safe and inclusive space on campus for LGBTQ+ students and allow for an exchange of ideas.

Tennis Club

Hit the courts and have fun with other students who enjoy the game of tennis.

 

Become a Leader

Elmira College's governing-advisory boards allow you to contribute to discussions and decisions that make a difference for your fellow students.

Governing-Advisory Boards

Student Association (SA)

Provides governance for the student body at Elmira College. Members include a five-member Executive Council elected each spring and a senator representing each student organization.

Student Alumni Council (SAC)

Bridges the gap between alumni and students on campus. The council works with connecting alumni and students as well as building the EC community.

Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)

The Student Athletic Advisory Board is composed of student-athletes on the board. The representatives voice the concerns of their sports teams, vote on NCAA rules and legislation, and work together to promote athletics at Elmira College and the wider community. Board officers are elected yearly by the representatives and each representative serves on a board committee geared towards either Marketing, Student Outreach, Student Welfare, or the Special Olympics event.

 

Gain Experience

Members of the Pre-Health Society speak with a visitor to their table during the Engagement Fair
EC2 members pack items for a mobile food pantry
Pre-professional groups at Elmira College help you network and build experiential learning before graduation.

Pre-Professional Groups

Nursing Club

The mission of the Nursing Club is to provide an environment for nursing students to get connected with one another and have support as a nursing student. The club also aims to work with its members to be active and bring awareness about health related issues to the college community and the surrounding area.

TEACH

As a club devoted to preparing future educators, TEACH strives to connect classroom content with real world experience. The club discusses current issues facing the classroom and how to transition from student to teacher. It is also committed to community engagement, and performs several projects throughout the year that use members' talents and passions to improve the surrounding community.

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA)

The Elmira College chapter is among more than 340 chapters of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. The goal of the NSSLHA is to help you prepare for a professional career in communication sciences and disorders as you navigate your academic career.

 

Be Honored For Your Achievements

Students inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society for Business stand with faculty during the 2023 induction ceremony
Elmira College has honor societies for nearly every major area of study. Honor society memberships are by invitation and may be based upon several factors, including grade point average and class rank.

Honor Societies

Phi Beta Kappa (Liberal Arts)

Founded 1776, Originated at Elmira College 1940

Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America's leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies

Beta Beta Beta (Biology)

Founded 1922, Originated at Elmira College 1960

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.

Psi Chi (Psychology)

Founded 1929, Originated at Elmira College 1971

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.

Phi Alpha Theta (History)

Founded 1921, Originated at Elmira College 1978

A professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. They seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.

Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre)

Founded 1925, Originated at Elmira College 1987

The purpose of Alpha Psi Omega is to stimulate interest in theatre activities at Elmira College. The society provides a reward for members by their participation in theatre activities on campus and in the community.

Kappa Delta Pi (Education)

Founded 1911, Originated at Elmira College 1988

Your academic excellence and dedication to the teaching profession can earn you the opportunity to belong to Kappa Delta Pi, the world's largest association of outstanding education professionals. Kappa Delta Pi is the only organization that represents all educators.

Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman)

Founded 1923, Originated at Elmira College 1990

Phi Eta Sigma was founded by three distinguished Phi Beta Kappa members, professors, and administrators to encourage and recognize high scholastic achievement among members of the freshman classes. Phi Eta Sigma is the third most senior member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice)

Founded 1942, Originated at Elmira College 1995

Alpha Phi Sigma is the only National Criminal Justice Honor Society for Criminal Justice Majors. The society recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate, graduate students of criminal justice, as well as juris doctorate.

Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership)

Founded 1914, Originated at Elmira College 1995

Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded December 3, 1914 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia by 15 student and faculty leaders. The founders formulated the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors, and that outstanding students, faculty, and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness.

Sigma Beta Delta (Business)

Founded 1994, Originated at Elmira College 1996

Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society for students in business, management, and administration serves institutions which offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees in business, management, and administration where the institution holds accreditation from one of the six regional accrediting bodies but not specialized accreditation in business.

Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing)

Founded 1922, Originated at Elmira College 1997

The international honor society of nursing. It recognizes excellence in scholarship, research, and practice. Membership is by invitation only to undergraduate and graduate students, and is based on outstanding scholarship, high professional standards, and development of leadership qualities. The name of the organization is derived from the initial letters of the Greek words meaning love, courage, and honor.

Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)

Founded 1920, Originated at Elmira College 1999

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. The number of Pi Sigma Alpha chapters on campuses across the country is rapidly approaching 700. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Iota Iota Iota (Women's Studies)

Founded 1992, Originated at Elmira College 2002

Iota Iota Iota is the academic honor society for the field of Women and Gender Studies. Iota Iota Iota is named for the ancient goddesses, Inanna, Isthar, and Isis. The purpose of the organization is to encourage and support scholarship and excellence in Women and Gender Studies.

Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics)

Founded 1914

Pi Mu Epsilon honors excellence in the field of Mathematics.

Lambda Alpha (Anthropology)

Founded in 1968, Originated at Elmira College 2019

Lambda Alpha supports scholarship and research by acknowledging and honoring superior achievement in the discipline among students engaged in the study of anthropology. Superior academic performance is recognized through membership in the society. Lambda Alpha rewards academic excellence through the annual awarding of student scholarships, research grants, and student paper prizes.

Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry)

Founded 1919, Originated at Elmira College 2015

Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a national chemistry honor society founded in 1919 at Davidson College. The original fraternity was created to promote academic excellence and undergraduate research scholarship in chemistry. In 1931, the fraternity became a co-educational honor society.

Alpha Alpha Alpha (First-Generation)

Founded 2018, Originated at Elmira College 2023

Alpha Alpha Alpha (Tri-Alpha) promotes and recognizes academic excellence among first-generation college students while providing opportunities for personal growth, leadership, development, and campus and community service.

 
 

Make EC Fun

Students cheer on a team of two competing in tug-of-war
Become involved in creating fun and memorable experiences for your fellow EC students!

Student Programming

Campus Activities Board

The Campus Activities Board provides weekly entertainment for students, including comedians, musicians, hypnotists, black laser light tag, inflatable twister, go cart racing, and graffiti wall art as well as showing blockbuster films and travel to cities such as Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, Salem, and Washington D.C.

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