Immerse Yourself in Student Clubs and Organizations at Elmira

Welcome to campus life at Elmira College! We’re 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 interest areas and academic pursuits here at Elmira. And if there isn’t an organization that matches your interests, we will help you start your own! To help you get to know Elmira’s campus organizations, the College hosts an Involvement Fair each fall during Term I. In the meantime, however, we invite you to explore the options below.

Or create your own!

Can’t find a club that matches your interests? Then begin 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.

 

Expand your knowledge and explore academic subjects like psychology and chemistry with Elmira College's academic organizations.

Academic Organizations

Active Minds

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

GSE (Gamma Sigma Epsilon)/Chemistry Club

Promote academic excellence, undergraduate research, and service to the community and profession within Chemistry.

Tri-Beta

Promote the importance of science, while recognizing students' academic achievement as being part of the Biology Honor Society. We are hoping to do more activities as well as recruiting more people.

 
Danceline performs on the basketball court

Join a club where you can express your ideas in a new medium and bond with fellow creatives. Sing, dance, sculpt, paint, and more. If there is a way to flex your creative muscles, Elmira College has a club for it.

Arts Organizations

Alpha Psi Omega Club

Our goal is to acknowledge the achievements made by students in the theater field and encourage the artistic expression of students in regards to theater.

Art Club

A club not just for art majors or people with high levels of drawing or painting skills, but for anyone who loves art or wants to expand their knowledge of art. Our mission is to provide a relaxing and fun environment for students to express their creativity. Through weekly meetings, we will explore new mediums and styles, or give you the opportunity to work on a project of your own. We'll also use your collective work to give back to our community and make the arts more visible on campus.

EC Naturals

EC Naturals is a coed a cappella group on campus. We are a student-run group, primarily performing popular music. We perform at various campus events throughout the year, and even a few off-campus events. There are no auditions to join EC Naturals, so any and all people are welcome!

Elmira College Danceline

We promote school spirit, provide halftime entertainment at athletic events, and represent the school and community at all dance team appearances and competitions at all levels. Our 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

We're a student-run women's a cappella group that performs on- and off-campus. We 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.

 

WECW provides music and news to Elmira College and the surrounding area. DJs are not required to audition

Campus Media

WECW

Provides music and news to the College and surrounding area. DJs are not required to audition.

 
Two students during a Phi Eta Sigma ceremony

There are honor societies at Elmira College for nearly every major area of study. Membership in honor societies is 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. We 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, & practice. Membership is by invitation only to undergraduate & graduate students & is based on outstanding scholarship, high professional standards, & development of leadership qualities. The name of the organization is derived from the initial letters of the Greek words meaning Love, Courage, & 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.

Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry)

Founded 1915, Originated at Elmira College 2015

Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a national honor society that promotes academic excellence and undergraduate research scholarship in chemistry.

Pi Gamma Mu (Social Sciences)

Founded 1924, Originated at Elmira College 1926, Reactivated in 2002

The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.

Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics)

Founded 1914

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.

 

Elmira College's governing-advisory boards offer students a way to become involved in student government and other positions of leadership.

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.

Class Officers

Provide leadership and schedule activities for your specific class year through fundraising initiatives that will fund your legacy at Elmira College and Senior Week.

Finance Board

Approves student organization expenditures. President and Vice-President elected during Term II. Members selected by application and interview process.

IDEA Executive Board

Provides leadership and represents other student organizations on campus, including Active Minds, Black Student Union, ISAA, and PRIDE.

Student Alumni Council (SAC)

Bridges the gap between alumni and students on campus. We work 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.

 

Pre-professional groups at Elmira College help students gain hands-on experience in their careers before graduation. From our entrepreneurial club to our pre-health club, Elmira College offers a number of organizations that will help you network and build experiential learning.

Pre-Professional Groups

EC2 Development Team (Elmira College Entrepreneurial Community Development Team)

Our goal is to be a student run team that helps create networking relationships by developing entrepreneurial actions in the Elmira community. We look to achieve this by creating a positive and exciting attitude towards community service that withstands and surpasses the 60 hour requirement and leads into a lifestyle of giving back to the community.

LISP

LISP is the club on campus for students who are completing either of the two Communication Sciences and Disorders majors. We also have a NSSHLA (National Student Speech Hearing Language Association) chapter here on campus. Our organization shall strive to encourage professional interest among college and university students in the study of human communication sciences and disorders, to provide continuity to the dissemination of professional information, and to provide a vehicle for student representation in matters of professional concern.

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.

Pre-Health Club

To gather students that are interested in the pursuit of the medical field, learn from others' experiences, get in touch with outside resources, and attend talks from professionals in the medical field

Pre-Law Club

Pre-Law Club offers students of any major that are interested, or would like to know more about law school the opportunity to explore their options. We strive to help people prepare for their LSAT, expand their knowledge of the law, and show them all the routes that are available for them to take. Our club was able to bring Mock Trial to campus this year by forming and creating a competitive team.

TEACH

As a club devoted to preparing future educators, TEACH strives to connect classroom content with real world experience. Our club discusses current issues facing the classroom and how to transition from student to teacher. We are also committed to community engagement, as we include several projects throughout the year that use our talents and passions to improve our surrounding community.

 
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Elmira College's service organizations offer students a chance to become involved in community service.

Service Organizations

Circle K

Circle K International'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

We work to raise funds and awareness to change kids’ health and change the future for our Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Red Cross Club

EC Red Cross Club is one of the community engagement clubs on campus. We host blood drives on campus, go to the food bank, have a partnership with SPCA and work with the Red Cross Chapter in this region with projects they need help with.

Rotaract Club

Our purpose is to give back to the community and help students fulfill the community service requirement. Campus group affiliated with Rotary.

Sharing A Smile

To help homeless people around Elmira and soon hopefully send packages to homeless shelters to help out in any way possible.

 

Several clubs are available at Elmira College for more specialized interests.

Special Interest Organizations

Black Student Union

Our 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.

Dungeons & Dragons Club

Our 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 Club

This is a group for students interested in the environment. We partake in activities/demonstrations relating to the environment and work to implement environmental sustainability at EC.

Games Central

We provide players with an outlet for stress and a fun place to have a good time with friends. We Play any game the players want and enjoy the time with others while learning skills that come with playing the games. No matter the game, play the best you can and have fun.

Golf Club

We provide a fun environment for students to play golf. You don’t have to be a pro or need any experience. We practice at the Mark Twain Golf Course in Elmira!

International Club

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

ISAA (Intercultural Student-Athlete Alliance)

To integrate the student-athlete experience in hopes of cultivating relationships and networking amongst student-athletes on campus. To create an environment where student-athletes can share personal, academic, and professional issues and highlights with a diverse group.

PRIDE

Our mission is to provide a safe and inclusive space on campus for LGBTQ+ students and allow for an exchange of ideas.

Soaring Strikerz

Our bowling club is open to all students and helps boost student morale while having fun.

 

Elmira College welcomes the creation of spiritual organizations for different walks of faith.

Spiritual Organizations

BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ)

To provide a safe environment and unite the campus, Christians and non-Christians alike, as themselves, to explore Christianity and to help those who have already found Christ to grow in their faith.

 

Elmira College's Campus Activities Board provides a variety of weekly entertainment for students, travel to cities, and the Big Event Spring Weekend (May Days).

Student Programming

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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