Membership in student organizations is open to all Georgia Tech students who meet eligibility requirements set forth in Georgia Tech Student Rules and Regulations. However, certain club activities—especially sports and recreation programs—may require demonstrated ability and signed liability release forms. Clubs may charge dues to defray their expenses. All student organizations must comply with the alcohol and drug policy of Georgia Tech. Organization presidents must sign the “Acknowledgement of Alcohol Policy” form and advisors must sign the “Role and Responsibility of the Advisor” form.
Students may obtain current club contacts and officers’ names by visiting Leadership and Civic Engagement in Room 2211 of the Student Center Commons or at www.involvement.gatech.edu.
Student Government Association (SGA)
The Undergraduate Student Council is the undergraduate branch of the Student Government Association. The council comprises representatives from each class and major. The Graduate Student Senate is the graduate student branch of the Student Government Association. The senate comprises representatives from each academic department. The purpose of the Student Government Association is to enhance the quality of student life at Georgia Tech by providing student participation in the governance of the Institute.
Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, and National Panhellenic Council
These councils comprise representatives from fraternities and sororities at Georgia Tech and coordinate Greek Life activities, including Greek Week and Homecoming. The Collegiate Panhellenic Council comprises seven international and national sororities and two special interest sororities. The Interfraternity Council comprises thirty-two chapters of international and national fraternities. The Multicultural Greek Council comprises four fraternities and three sororities. Among these culturally based groups are Asian, Southeast Asian, and Latin chapters. The National Panhellenic Council is the coordinating body for the eight historically African American fraternities and sororities on campus.
Presidents’ Council was established in 1995 to promote collaboration, communication, and interaction among all campus student organizations to increase organization interaction and capabilities, ultimately enhancing student life. The council comprises representatives from student organizations; presidents are automatically members of the council. The council’s governing board and advisory board are student and faculty committees, respectively, that provide guidance and direction to the council and strive to promote the council’s objectives.
Student Center Governing Boards
The Wenn Student Center and Stamps Student Center Commons are hubs of campus activity. The Student Center is governed by a board that consists of alumni, faculty, staff, and students. The governing board acts in an advisory capacity to the director of the Student Center with regard to the center’s management, operation, and services.
Student Publications and Media
The Office of Student Media houses all seven student-run publications and media organizations at Georgia Tech. These include:
Departmental and Professional Societies
Departmental and professional societies give students an opportunity to meet others in their field and to learn about programs pertinent to their studies. Most of the societies offer affiliation with national professional organizations as well as promote a relationship between the student and his or her academic department. Through these organizations, students discover the connection between the study of theory and its practical applications.
Honor societies recognize excellence in academics, leadership, and/or extracurricular activities. Most majors and classes have associated honor societies.
Leadership & Civic Engagement
Volunteerism and community service have long been a part of the Georgia Tech tradition. The Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement promotes civic responsibility and service-learning by encouraging student involvement in meaningful and reciprocal service with the community. The Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement sustains this tradition by serving as a resource for community service and service-learning initiatives at Georgia Tech. More than forty service-based student organizations provide for local and international service opportunities.
The Community Service Council connects community service organizations, encourages the sharing of ideas and resources, raises awareness of community service opportunities, and promotes community service involvement within the Tech community.
MOVE (Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Events)
MOVE comprises fourteen committees that organize events and activities to provide co-curricular service opportunities to Georgia Tech students while encouraging partnerships between Georgia Tech and community-based organizations.
A wide variety of student organizations enhance the extracurricular life of Georgia Tech students. These involvement opportunities include
A complete list of Georgia Tech student organizations can be found at jacketpages.gatech.edu/organizations.
Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) provides students with leadership skills and knowledge to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. The goal of the LEAD program is to improve students’ leadership skills through a combination of instruction, practice, and action. The LEAD program is also the coordinator of the minor in leadership studies. Students can apply to the minor from the LEAD website.
Student Center Programs Council (SCPC)
The Student Center Programs Council is responsible for the development and administration of programs that serve the cultural, educational, recreational, and social interests of the student body, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests of Georgia Tech. All events are envisioned, planned, organized, coordinated, and executed by students in collaboration with the Student Center staff, campus partners, and external sponsors. The programs council assists and encourages students to reach their full potential, gain experience, and have fun all at the same time. It is a perfect training ground for students to learn about marketing, management, public relations, and many other skills they will need for success in their career.
(Fraternities and Sororities)
The thirty-nine fraternities and sixteen sororities at Georgia Tech strive to provide a different type of relationship among their members. Bound together by common ideals and values, members work together to excel academically, enjoy the development of lifelong friendships rooted in shared experiences, and make the most of campus life while at Georgia Tech. Exciting social events, highly competitive intramural sports, and alumni networking are all benefits of Greek life. Students interested in joining the Greek community should contact the Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC), Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), or National Panhellenic Council (NPHC).
All new fraternity and sorority members experience a period of orientation that includes participation in leadership retreats, community service projects, weekly meetings to learn about the Institute and Greek history at Tech, and activities to build friendships among new and current members. Fraternity, sorority, governing council, and Institute policies all forbid hazing, and all chapters are committed to a membership education period that instills a sense of responsibility and commitment in all new members.
Order of Omega is a national honor society open to fraternity men and sorority women who have attained a high level of achievement in academics, Greek involvement, campus involvement, and community service.
G.A.M.M.A. (Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol) is a nationally affiliated organization open to fraternity men and sorority women who wish to educate their peers on issues around alcohol including responsible use, abuse, and intervention.