Student Organizations Directory
The student organizations listed here are involved in service through local, national and international community service activities, fundraising and activism. Students self-select the Public Service category through the student organization registration processes and staff assign this category to administrative organizations.
- Action for a Better Living Environment
ABLE matches students from the Charlottesville community with law school mentors and tutors.
- Active Minds at UVa
Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.
Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses throughout North America.
The Active Minds Vision
To destigmatize mental health disorders by promoting open, enlightened discussion of mental health; and to create a better life for all who suffer. To capitalize on the energy and dedication of young adults in the fight against the stigma that surrounds mental health disorders, and to educate, enlighten, and empower all young adults to ensure their own mental health before it ever reaches a tragic stage.
- Advocates for Life at Virginia Law
Advocates for Life at Virginia Law (AFL) brings together law students eager to protect the fundamental right to life of innocent human beings, and fosters balanced and open discussion about the fundamental right to life in the legal community. Its purpose is to educate and train law students about the jurisprudence of a pro-life ethic, the attacks on the right to life, and the best strategies to protect women, children, the elderly, and other vulnerable members of our society from abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and new biotechnologies that threaten to undermine human dignity. By building a culture of courage and support among pro-life law students and lawyers, AFL will promote a legal environment that values and upholds the dignity of innocent human life.
AFL seeks to promote the principles that all human beings have an unalienable right to life from the moment of conception; that an essential end of government is the protection of human life; and that every law and policy decision must uphold, affirm, and safeguard this fundamental right. Members of AFL will work to promote the above principles and to further their application through education, advocacy, and scholarship. Members of AFL will be a part of a national network of pro-life law students and lawyers, educated to defend the human rights of all human beings, and to engage an often hostile or uninformed legal environment, both within law school and society at large.
Advocates for Life at Virginia Law is a chapter of Advocates for Life, the national, non-partisan association of pro-life law students. Advocates for Life is an initiative of Americans United for Life, a pro-life public interest law firm and the oldest national pro-life organization.
- AHMADIYYA MUSLIM STUDENT ORGANIZATION
To further the message of the International Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, through
activities and events, based on the motto, “Love for all, hatred for none”.
- Alpha Chi Omega (Zeta Lambda Chapter)
Alpha Chi Omega is a national women's organization that enriches the lives of members through lifetime opportunities for friendship, leadership, learning, and service. The Zeta Lambda chapter is located right on Mad Bowl. Our annual philanthropy is Par-tee, a golf tournament which benefits Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE). Some of the chapter's favorite social functions include our Tacky Christmas date function, Parent's Formal and football tailgates.
CHOOSE ALPHA CHI!
- Alpha Delta Pi (Zeta Xi Chapter)
- Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Society
Alpha Epsilon Delta is the only national premedical honor society. It was founded in 1926 at the University of Alabama and is currently one of the 57 members of the Association of College Honor Societies. Alpha Epsilon Delta supports collegiate chapters in identifying premedical students of excellence and imposing an obligation of continuing achievement upon such students. Alpha Epsilon Delta is not only an honor society, it is also a service organization. AED members are active in their efforts to promote premedical education in the University community through many diverse programs such as the speaker series, premedical newsletters and handbooks, MCAT reviews, tutoring and peer-advising, mentoring, interviewing, and social events. For many students, AED is a principal extracurricular activity. The varied functions of AED provided activities for intellectual development and stimulation of the individual members and a program of service to the Grounds that will include activities of benefit to non-members as well as members.
- Alpha Epsilon Pi (Mu Chapter)
"No one could tell me where my soul might be. I searched for God but he eluded me. I sought out my brother and found all three." -Crosby. Alpha Epsilon Pi gives UVa Men a chance to experince the true bonds of brotherhood. Mu chapter here at UVa continually sets standards of excellence in Academics, Athletics, Community Service, and Brotherhood for the IFC and AEPi nationally. In it's 80th year of existence, AEPi has created men of strong moral fiber who are now leaders in their respective fields.
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Theta Kappa Chapter)
The Theta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded on the grounds of the University of Virginia by eighteen women on February 9, 1974: Eighteen women who sought to bring AKA's great legacy of sisterhood, service, intelligence and elegance to Jefferson's historic academy. Since then, over 350 women have joined the ranks of the Theta Kappa Chapter at the University of Virginia. All of these women are of high merit and distinction, as proven by their participationand leadership in numerous organizations, in addition to participating the sisterly activities of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
- alpha Kappa Delta Phi (Sigma Chapter)
alpha Kappa Delta Phi, with 43 chapters across the nation, is the largest Asian-American interest sorority and the fastest growing. Established in 1989 at UC Berkeley, aKDPhi has blossomed towards strength and unity. We were founded at UVA in the fall of 1999, the first Asian-American interest sorority in all of Virginia. We are individuals within our sorority, yet powerful as a group. We are not united by a single ethnicity, but rather strengthened in our diversity. We share a strong bond of love, friendship, and sisterhood. With a supportive network of sisters, each woman can strive to fulfill her personal, academic, and career goals.
- Alpha Phi (Zeta Iota Deuteron Chapter)
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Iota Beta Chapter)
Founded on Tuesday, December 4, 1906 at Cornell University, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated is a non-profit service organization dedicated to manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind through providing service and advocacy to our communities. The Iota Beta chapter was chartered on the Grounds of the University of Virginia on March 10, 1974, and the chapter continues to uphold the objectives and ideal of this dear fraternity.
- Alpha Phi Omega-Theta Chapter
Alpha Phi Omega was founded in 1925 by Frank Reed Horton at Lafayette College upon the three cardinal principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service, derived from the principles of boy scouting. Horton believed that APO was
“destined to be one of the greatest college fraternities in the world because…the motivating idea behind it is to look for good and to try to do good to everyone regardless of who or what belief.”
Theta Chapter at UVa is the eighth of 366 chapters to which Horton’s vision has spread.
Unlike all-male social fraternities, APO is a co-ed community service fraternity. The membership of Theta Chapter together performs over 2000 hours of service a semester within the University, the Charlottesville community, and beyond. Members of Theta are serious about service, and our chapter boasts one of the most intense and well-reputed service programs of all chapters nationwide. Service opportunities exist for Theta brothers every day of the week. Please visit the Service Page to learn more.
After their pledge semester, all Theta members are called brothers, regardless of gender. Theta brothers select new pledges through a selective rush, and each pledge must complete a probationary semester to gain membership. The pledging process of Theta includes plenty of fun and service, with absolutely no hazing. Each pledge is assigned two or three Big Brothers who guide them as their pledge class finds, fundraises for, and finally leads a large-scale service project. Please visit our Rush Page and Pledging Page to learn more about these processes.
- Alpha Tau Omega (Delta Chapter)
"...to teach not politics, but morals; to foster not partisanship, but the recognition of true merit wherever found; to have no narrower limits within which to work together for the elevation of man than the outlines of the world..." Alpha Tau Omega was the first fraternity founded after civil war in hopes to bind men of the north and south together and heal the wounds of war. The Delta chapter at UVA has recruited thousands of men and installed in them the values that are so close to our heart: honor, humility, and integrity. The brotherhood prides themselves in academic excellence, philanthropy events, athletic involvement, and social engagement.
- Alternative Spring Break
The mission of Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is to bring together members of the University community, who might not otherwise interact in their usual social spheres, in the common goals of service to and education about the global community, in order to promote and train future service leaders of Virginia. ASB runs student-lead service trips, both international and domestic, during the Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks. Please visit our website to learn about upcoming events and application deadlines! www.altbreak.org
- American Institute of Architecture Students
The purpose of the University Virginia's chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students is as follows:
To promote excellence in architecture education, training, and practice,
To foster and appreciation of architecture and related disciplines,
To enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration,
To organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.
Freedom by Design, a community service design+build program is currently working on a wheelchair ramp for a Charlottesville family in need. Check out the blog for weekly updates! www.fbduva.blogspot.com
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers
AIChE at UVA is an academic organization that promotes the professional development of the Chemical Engineering students at UVA. AIChE helps organize several events such as Plant Tours to nearby manufacturing facilities, speaker panels with Alumni, career-focused events such as internship panels and an annual Networking Night.
One major purpose of AICHE at UVA includes providing opportunities for its students to interact with other members of the AICHE nationally, including students from other chapters, alumni of the university, and professional Chemical Engineers. We take students twice a year to go to the National and Regional AICHE conferences hosted by different AICHE chapters around the country each year, to give them an opportunity to help them gain career advice and learn about the industry and the profession.
AICHE also has two subsidiaries: Wahoo Wizards is a service-based organization that visits local elementary schools and shows kids science experiements to educate them about science in an interesting and engaging manner. ChemE Car is a group of students that build a car all year long that is powered by a chemical reaction, designed by the students. This team then competes at the Regional Conference in the spring semester against other teams of students from other chapters of AIChE.
- American Red Cross Club at the University of Virginia
A club to promote the Red Cross and its goals throughout the University community. Fundraisers, Blood Drives, Health and Safety Education....we do it all.
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- Asha For Education
- Astronomical Society at the University of Virginia
- Autism Speaks U at UVA
Autism Speaks at UVA furthers the mission of Autism Speaks by engaging the University community and the local Charlottesville community through awareness and education. ASU also organizes local fundraising events in support of Autism Speaks to positively affect the lives of those struggling with autism spectrum disorders and their families. We strive to actively engage the UVa community in our efforts as well as to educate more about what autism is.