Student Organizations & Activities
New Student Organizations
All new student organization applicants may choose ONE category that best describes their student organization based on the criteria below; however, the Student Activities Team will review category choice of each organization and revise if necessary during the application process.
Student organizations at IUPUI are categorized into several areas:
Academic & Professional
Academic and professional organizations serve as a forum to explore issues in a particular academic field or area of interest; students do not have to be enrolled in that line of coursework in order to be members of these organizations.
Governance organizations serve as the governing body of a school, college, group or organizations, or student bodies.
International & Multicultural
International and multicultural organizations provide an opportunity to explore and celebrate other cultures as well as to increase campus understanding and support. These organizations provide a support network for students from a particular culture as well as educate the campus about that culture.
Performance & Media
Performance organizations involve performing in front of an audience in an artistic format such as dance, drama, and/or music. Media organizations exist in order to provide information related to their purpose through means of mass communication, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television.
Political & Social Awareness
Political and social awareness organizations are those that raise awareness about social and political issues, or exist to represent particular political or social interests.
Religious & Spiritual
Religious and spiritual organizations are directly affiliated with a religious organization and/or educate about religious beliefs, conduct any religious activities, or foster development of the spiritual self.
Social Fraternities & Sororities*
Greek organizations are any sororities or fraternities which are primarily social in nature, but not professional or honorary. Prior to starting a Greek organization, the Assistant Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life must be consulted.
Special interest organizations include all organizations that do not fall any of the other designated categories.
Sport & Recreation
Sports and recreation organizations are those in which the primary purpose is for members to engage in sporting events and/or athletic activities.
Volunteer & Service
Volunteer and service organizations are those that are primarily dedicated to providing improvement, aid, or assistance to others on campus or in the community.
Honor societies are organizations with limited membership, where membership is a mark of distinction or recognition of achievements. Membership is usually by invitation only.
Club Sports are those in which the primary purpose is for members to compete in sporting events and/or athletic activities. Competing locally, regionally, or nationally is a requirement in order to be a considered a Club Sport.
* Designates a restricted category.
Category definitions are adapted from Creighton University 3/25/17.