PICK ONE! encourages students to:
- Connect to Campus
- Develop Leadership Skills
- Build Friendships
- Meet People
- Build a Resume
- Have FUN!
Browse the categories below to find one thing you love!
There is a broad range of organizations for UI students who want to begin building their academic involvements outside of the classroom. These academic organizations include groups like the Art History Society, the award winning Mock Trial Club, and the Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity.
Want to find a campus job? Do you need more information regarding student employment? Learn more about working on campus!
Employers on and off-campus use the University's JOBNET web site to find employees, and the JOBNET search function allows you to explore opportunities in specific categories of interest. Only on-campus positions are eligible as your PICK ONE! activity.
Work-Study is a need-based financial aid program. Students must apply through completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you were awarded Work-Study, JOBNET's search function also allows you to search for positions that are only being advertised as Work-Study. To do this, you must enter your Work-Study passcode. If you do not know your passcode, it is listed on your financial aid award letter available on ISIS.
The University hosts a variety of on-campus job fairs every year, including fairs specifically geared for employers seeking students in certain academic fields, such as engineering or environmentalism.
The UI Fraternity and Sorority Community provides a welcoming social structure for many students at Iowa. Recruitment includes a series of events and opportunities (in August and September) for new students to learn more about the specific fraternities and sororities on campus. Registration to participate in the recruiting process is required, so be sure to investigate your interest early!
The Fraternity & Sorority Community at Iowa offers a variety of choices for a diversity of membership interests. The 44 Greek organizations on campus include six historically African-American fraternities and sororities, three historically Latino/a chapters, two Asian interest groups, and a fraternity and sorority for LGBT men and women and allies. Explore the Fraternity & Sorority Life website to learn more about how to join and the recruitment process.
The University of Iowa Intramural Sports Program offers an extensive range of sport leagues, tournaments, and events for University of Iowa students, faculty and staff. Intramural Sports are designed for the competitive and experienced athlete, as well as those looking to participate in a fun activity or want to try a new sport. The primary goal of the UI Intramural Sports Program is to provide sports programs and events that can be fun and competitive, all while maintaining an emphasis on good sportsmanship. Participation in the Intramural Sports Program can provide many personal benefits and add to a successful college experience for UI Students. It is also a great way for all levels of athletes to begin, or continue, participating in organized sporting events. Intramural Sports provide a great opportunity to cultivate positive leadership qualities, develop a sense of cooperation and fair play, and form lifelong friendships.
A sport club is a group of students, faculty, staff and general public (51% of the members must be students) that voluntarily organize to participate in a particular sport activity. More specifically, sport clubs are formed so the participants in each sport club can learn new skills, improve existing skills, potentially engage in competition, and enjoy recreational and social fellowship. Other features of the Sport Club Program that make it unique are: self-motivation, self-administration, self-support and self-regulation. All these factors form the basis for determining recognition which must be granted by Recreational Services.
Undergraduate leadership development is a priority of the Division of Student Life at the University of Iowa. Students succeed at Iowa when they become effective leaders. Joining any student organization will help you develop and practice your leadership skills. Several campus organizations assist students become prominent leaders and members of the campus community. Listed below are a few options available to UI students:
Student Government will select five first-year students to serve within their organization during the fall semester. If you are interested in serving on UISG keep an eye on your email inbox as student government will notify all first year students of this opportunity and how to apply in late August or early September.
Associated Residence Halls works with the nine individual residence hall governments and other campus organizations for the betterment of residence life across the UI campus. ARH strives to provide a high quality living experience to students living on campus. There is a wide array of diverse positions in residence hall government to develop leadership skills and gain experience in a possible career area that interests you. Also, the people you meet and the positive networking that is created is indeed priceless. Finally, you will experience the satisfaction of knowing your work has indeed improved a person's life. How can it be any better than that? ARH is your voice for the residence halls.
The Center for Student Involvement & Leadership offers a large array of leadership experiences throughout the school year. Students can attend Leadership Development Series lunches, register for Leadership Conferences and Institutes, or even apply to attend the LeaderShape Institute held annually each January.
First year students can join the Air Force ROTC program if they are interested in a career in the United States Air Force. Students join the program by registering for the AS100 class and the Leadership Laboratory Class.
If you're interested in enrolling in Army ROTC and you are in college, you can start by taking an Army ROTC basic elective course. If you have at least two or more years remaining toward your undergraduate degree, but not enough time to complete the Basic Course, you can enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course by completing the Leader's Training Course held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the summer.
Talk to your campus Military Science department about other ways to enroll in Army ROTC and the incentives available, including opportunities to compete for two-, three-, or four-year scholarships.
The Women's Resource & Action Center works to create greater equity for individuals and communities of all identities, with a particular focus on women, through activism, social justice initiatives, leadership training, advocacy, service, and personal and professional development.
The University of Iowa is committed to diversity and multiculturalism. There are nearly 55 student organizations serving underrepresented, religious, ethnic, or international student interests on campus. Annually, the University community and student organizations host a multitude of multicultural events from the Walk It Out Multicultural Fashion Show, UI Powwow, Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival, Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration of Human Rights, and events at the UI Cultural & Resource Centers.
Search for a multicultural student organization by browsing through the Multicultural category on OrgSync. Sign into OrgSync and start searching for the multicultural student organization that interests you!
The UI Cultural Centers & LGBT Resource Center provide intra- and cross-cultural education, leadership and organizational development opportunities, social justice education and change, a "home away from home" for students, and a safe space for cultural and psychosocial development. The Centers compliment the academic mission of the University by enhancing students' experiences inside and outside of the classroom.
The Centers are open during the fall and spring semesters and offer a wide array of programming to all students. They are a great place to have student organization meetings, study, meet new people, and learn more about different cultures. Any UI student can attend cultural center events or utilize the Centers’ services.
The Center for Diversity & Enrichment provides leadership and coordination for outreach and service to minority communities and students who participate in federally-funded Upward Bound programs. The office provides precollege student development, assistance with facilitating the enrollment process, and programs and activities that support the ability of underserved students to increase their skills to thrive and succeed at the University of Iowa.
Programming for students is offered to enhance the cultural, social, and academic experiences of students. The programs have the goal of building community, celebrating cultures, and educating students on a variety of topics.
Students can participate in a variety of performing arts opportunities at the University of Iowa. Whether, it’s joining the Hawkeye Marching Band, signing up to perform in one of the UI’s performance student organizations, or performing a solo or ensemble there are numerous ways to showcase your talents and get involved both on and off campus!
The Division of Performing Arts is part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and includes Art Share, the Department of Dance, School of Music, and the Department of Theatre Arts. Several student organizations exist dedicated to the performing arts as well. Sign into OrgSync to start searching for the performing arts student organization that interests you!
From new music to jazz, and from symphonic classics to opera, there are at least two dozen groups for which musically inclined students may audition.
Gain dance experience in areas ranging from modern to ballet to jazz and funk on stage at Iowa.
UI undergraduates become involved quickly in classes and productions. All students are invited to audition for every play.
Arts Share offers schools and communities around the state a variety of opportunities, including interactive performances, workshops, readings, residencies and master classes. Our artists have traveled as far as Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Buffalo Center, Keokuk and Lamoni to present in their chosen field. We have visited 77 of the state's 99 counties, and continue to grow.
There are over 500 student organizations at the University of Iowa. Getting involved in a student organization is a great way to develop teamwork and leadership skills, meet new friends, discover a new passion, develop time management skills, and also build a strong resume.
You can also browse for an organization on OrgSync. Sign-in to OrgSync and begin exploring. You will need to use the organizations tab within OrgSync to browse for an organization. If you’re interested in an organization click, “join now” and explain why you are interested in the organization.
Engaging in service and service projects across campus and throughout the Iowa City area is something many UI students choose to do. There are many ways to connect with volunteer opportunities and agencies both on and off campus.
You can browse for several student organizations devoted to serving others by signing into OrgSync and browsing through the service category. Student organizations may be devoted to only one area or program or may provide assistance or volunteering for many events!
Third Year Student
The activity that has had the biggest impact on my time here at Iowa is the UI Fencing Club.
The greatest part of having been involved in fencing is not only seeing my improvement in competitions over the years but training the next group of fencers to represent the university.
I would encourage freshman to involve themselves in fencing because it is a fun activity in which they can decide their level of commitment. The fencing club is a close knit group that has a purely recreational component as well as a travel component, competitive on a national level. Whether students join for a semester or for all four years, fencing is an activity that has personally kept me active, engaged, and involved.
First Year Student
My involvement in PICK ONE! through the Chi Omega sorority has helped make a big campus feel a little smaller by having an instant connection with people I have a lot in common with. It has pushed me academically to keep up with my sisters, as a person by pushing me to do volunteering, and professionally by making connections and networking. Also teaching me skills that will relate to a business setting someday. My organization has helped me develop into a better version of myself, and it's been the best decision I’ve ever made to go Greek.
The greatest part is just having those friendly faces to see around campus. It's great how I can be having a mediocre day, and then I see a familiar face from my organization and it instantly puts me in a great mood because I enjoy their company so much. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing young women.
I would encourage first year students to get involved because college is what you make. When you put yourself out there, you will find people that you really love being around, who are passionate about the same things you are. You don't want to graduate with regrets, and by being involved you're extending your social circle and finding so many new people you would never have met without the organization. It helps you adjust to college life, and makes it so much more enjoyable.
Third Year Student
I am involved in the Women's Ultimate Frisbee Club at the University and it has had the most positive impact on my college career.
The greatest part about Ultimate for me is the relationships I have created through it. I have met my best friends through Ultimate and having a strong support system has been important for getting me through school, work, and everything that goes along with being in college. I have met people from all across the country that I will always have an awesome connection with because of Ultimate.
Becoming involved with an activity will help your time management skills because if you want to go to practice or leave for the weekend, you have to get your work done. It will also build confidence because everyone is a leader in a student organization, no matter how long you have been doing it.
Third Year Student
Being President of Campus Activities Board and being a Team Captain for On Iowa! have been the most meaningful experiences I've had while at Iowa.
The best part about being involved with these organizations and programs has been the people I've gotten to meet through them. I've met some of my best friends and mentors that have shaped not only my experience at Iowa but myself as an individual.
I would encourage a first-year to Pick One because getting involved right away and meeting new people is the best thing you can do to start off your college career. It will open doors and give you experiences you never even imagined you could have.
Fourth Year Student
The Fine Arts Council
The greatest part of being involved with the Fine Arts Council is having the freedom to do something great and be given permission to make mistakes.
I can honestly say that my college experience would not have been worth it without this involvement! I have learned so much from the Fine Arts Council! So much more that is going to assist me in life than any class will.
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