Pick One!

PICK ONE! encourages students to:

  • Connect to Campus
  • Develop Leadership Skills
  • Build Friendships
  • Meet People
  • Build a Resume
  • Have FUN!
Get Involved!

What's Your One?

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!

Campus Jobs

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 Opportunities

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.

Work-Study Employment at the University

Job Fairs

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.

  • Office of Student Financial Aid Student Job Fair
  • Pomerantz Career Center Career Fair
  • College of Engineering Career Fair

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.

Intramurals

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.

Find out more about Intramurals!

Sports Clubs

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.

Learn more about Sport Clubs.

You can also login to OrgSync to browse the nearly 50 sport clubs at the University of Iowa.

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:

University of Iowa Student Government (UISG)

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 (ARH)

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.

CSIL Leadership Programs

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.

UI Air Force ROTC Detachment 255

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.

UI Army ROTC: Mighty Hawkeye Battalion

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.

Women's Resource & Action Center

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.

Student Organizations

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!

UI Cultural Centers & LGBT Resource Center

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.

Center for Diversity & Enrichment

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.

Find out more about all the opportunities that exist to get involved with the Center for Diversity & Enrichment.

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!

Performing Arts Opportunities on Campus

Music Opportunities

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. 

Dance Opportunities

Gain dance experience in areas ranging from modern to ballet to jazz and funk on stage at Iowa.

Theatrical Opportunities

UI undergraduates become involved quickly in classes and productions. All students are invited to audition for every play.

Arts Share

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.

Performing Arts Opportunities within the Iowa City community:

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.

Categories include:

  • Academic
  • Campus Programming
  • Environmental
  • Film/Publications/Media
  • Fraternity/Sorority
  • Games & Gaming
  • Honors
  • Multicultural
  • Performance
  • Political
  • Recreation & Wellness
  • Residence Halls
  • Service
  • Special Interest
  • Spiritual & Religious
  • Sports Clubs
  • Student Governance

To search for an organization by keyword, visit our OrgSync page.

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. The UI Community Based Learning Program helps bring students and volunteering opportunities together.

Volunteering Opportunities on Campus

Student Organizations

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!

Opportunities Near Campus

Testimonials

Makinze Meiners

Fourth Year Student

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What student organization, sport club, intramural, performing arts, campus employment, honors, leadership, or multicultural activity has had the biggest impact on your college career during your time at the University of Iowa?

The Fine Arts Council

What has been the greatest part about becoming involved in that experience?

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.

Why would you encourage a first-year student to PICK ONE! activity and get involved during their time in college?

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.

Thomas (TJ) McMann

Third Year Student

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What student organization, sport club, intramural, performing arts, campus employment, honors, leadership, or multicultural activity has had the biggest impact on your college career during your time at the University of Iowa?

Definitely Hawks Nest.  I have been a part of this organization since late in my freshman year and it has truly changed my collegiate experience thus far in ways I could have never imagined!

What has been the greatest part about becoming involved in that experience?

I think it definitely has to do with being able to work with and get to know a lot of athletic administrators and coaches.  As a diehard Hawk fan, it was a bit surreal at first with all of the access and meetings I was able to get with people I have idolized for a long time.  This has helped me become much more comfortable with public speaking and interacting with individuals of a different age and status.

Why would you encourage a first-year student to PICK ONE! activity and get involved during their time in college?

I would encourage them because, at least for me, joining an organization has had a profound impact on my time management.  I have found that I am much more productive and much more responsible with my time if I have multiple things going on during my day. This helps me prioritize and get much more done than when I was just focusing on my classes alone.  I also think it is a great way to meet a lot of interesting people and create lasting friendships that you just can't find anywhere else on campus.

Nils Thorson

Fourth Year Student

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What student organization, sport club, intramural, performing arts, campus employment, honors, leadership, or multicultural activity has had the biggest impact on your college career during your time at the University of Iowa?

Working for the Iowa Memorial Union Marketing + Design department has had the biggest impact on my college career because of 

What has been the greatest part about becoming involved in that experience?

Its relevance to my major and the life-long friendships I have made. As a marketing major, this position has shown me which aspects of marketing (advertising) I truly have love and passion for. It has helped me determine what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Why would you encourage a first-year student to PICK ONE! activity and get involved during their time in college?

You're only going to learn so much in the classroom. Some of the best and most valuable lessons you'll learn in college won't be class related at all. Stretch yourself and stretch your mind.

Lynn Rider

Third Year Student

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What student organization, sport club, intramural, performing arts, campus employment, honors, leadership, or multicultural activity has had the biggest impact on your college career during your time at the University of Iowa?

Hawks Nest- The Official Student Section of Hawkeye Athletics

What has been the greatest part about becoming involved in that experience?

Being so involved has enabled me to meet new people and form great friendships. I have learned so many invaluable transferable skills during my time as an executive board member, and I have developed myself professionally and personally because of it. I can't imagine being anywhere else and doing anything else at this point in my life!

Why would you encourage a first-year student to PICK ONE! activity and get involved during their time in college?

You will meet so many new people and learn so many things about yourself that you may not have otherwise had you not joined an activity. The opportunities here are endless- there is no reason not to PICK ONE!

Rachel Barr

Third Year Student

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What student organization, sport club, intramural, performing arts, campus employment, honors, leadership, or multicultural activity has had the biggest impact on your college career during your time at the University of Iowa?

The activity that has had the biggest impact on my time here at Iowa is the UI Fencing Club.

What has been the greatest part about becoming involved in that experience?

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.

Why would you encourage a first-year student to PICK ONE! activity and get involved during their time in college?

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.  

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