Carnegie Mellon students work hard in the classroom, but they're also active outside the classroom. Whether it's competing in the next game, volunteering in the community or acting on stage, our students know how to balance their interests.

Student Organizations

With over 400 student-run campus organizations, there are many opportunities to get involved in creating your college experience. Our organizations encompass a broad spectrum of activities, including social, service, media, academic, spiritual, recreational, athletic, religious, political, cultural and governance opportunities.

To see the extensive list to organizations, and to find out if we have an activity you’re interested in, check out our directory of student organizations.

Don’t see an organization that interests you? Not a problem! You can form a club of your liking. All you need is a group of friends and a faculty or staff member and you can start your own organization. 

Greek Life

Thinking about going Greek?

Fraternities and sororities have a long, rich tradition at Carnegie Mellon. Greek organizations were founded on the ideals of leadership, scholarship, community service and friendship, which the fraternities and sororities at Carnegie Mellon continue to uphold today.

Approximately 17% of undergraduates participate in Carnegie Mellon’s Greek Life as members of 25 fraternity and sorority chapters. Since 1900, students have chosen to become members of Greek organizations. Members of the Greek community are heavily involved in leadership and service activities. Each semester, members of the Greek community give back by contributing several thousand hours of service to various causes. At the same time, over a quarter of fraternity and sorority members hold leadership positions in other campus organizations.

Check out Carnegie Mellon's Greek Life website to learn more about Greek Life at Carnegie Mellon.

Civic Engagement & Service

If you're looking to get involved on our campus and in the Pittsburgh community, there are a variety of options for civic engagement at Carnegie Mellon. The Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE) coordinates a range of individual and collective engagement opportunities, including philanthropy, direct service, civic discourse, activism and social justice. These opportunities include:

  • Alternative Break
  • MLK Jr. Day of Service
  • Orientation Day of Service
  • Service Saturdays
  • Season of Giving
  • Volunteer Fair

And many more!


Carnegie Mellon offers students the opportunity to participate in athletics on a number of levels. Our 19 NCAA Division III varsity sports compete in the UAA conference, while our 44 clubs and intramural sports allow all students to have the opportunity to compete on the field, in the pool and on the court.

Varsity Sports

Carnegie Mellon sponsors 19 Division III varsity sports teams in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Carnegie Mellon Tartans consistently compete on a high level with teams and individual athletes routinely continuing onto post-season competition.

Women’s Teams

Cross Country
Swimming & Diving
Track & Field

Men’s Teams

Cross Country
Swimming & Diving
Track & Field

Club Sports

Club sports offer students a chance to continue their sports interest from high school or pick up a new one, while competing against other colleges and universities. There are 23 club sports organizations, including crew (rowing), cricket, rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, cycling, fencing and martial arts.

Intramural Sports

Intramural sports are overwhelmingly popular on campus. Intramural sports include leagues and one-day events throughout the academic year. You can participate in flag football, soccer, softball, inner-tube water polo, cross country and dodgeball just to name a few. There are different levels available so whether you’re a former high school athlete who wants to continue to compete or you’re interested in meeting new people and exercising in a more casual atmosphere, you can find the level that’s right for you.

Carnegie Mellon Climbing Team Ascends to New Heights

An Interview with Club Founder Erika Guise