Office of Student Activities

Clubs & Organizations

With more than 100 clubs and organizations to choose from, you're certain to find one that matches your interests or talents or simply sparks your curiosity.

Academic Clubs

  • American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO)

    This club is for students who are passionate about discussing global health and policy. They welcome students from all interests and backgrounds with the hope of growing awareness and interest surrounding global health.

  • Association for Computing Machinery for Women (ACM-W)

    ACM-W is a chapter of Association of Computer Machinery-Women at Union College that promotes computer science within the campus community, with a special focus on promoting the participation of less represented identities and communities in the field of computer science.

  • Baja SAE Club

    Baja SAE provides students with a challenging project that involves the designing, planning, and manufacturing of an all-terrain automotive vehicle. Teams from colleges all over the world compete against one another in a series of tasks that push their creations to the limit. Students must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and compete with their vehicle, but then do so with a series of constraints in place.

  • Biology Club

    The Biology Club aims to promote scientific and biological endeavor in the classroom and community at Union College. We host events on campus, such as Biology Jeopardy and Dissect and Digest, that bring together students and Biology faculty. In addition, we spread our passion for biology outside campus, volunteering and create experiments for students in the local Schenectady schools and STEM organizations.

  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

    This professional society for students, faculty, researchers and others working in the broad area of biomedical engineering promotes increased knowledge in the field.

  • Chemistry & Biochemistry Club

    This affiliate chapter of the American Chemistry Society promotes interest in chemistry and provides exposure to the career possibilities open to chemists by sponsoring tours, seminars and films.

  • Classics Club

    Those who enjoy talking about Caesar’s armies, ancient science and medicine, pagan sacrifice, Greek and Roman love poetry or the origins of law will want to join the Classics Club. It hosts talks by visiting scholars and organizes trips to New York and Boston to see exhibits or plays with classical themes. The club also sponsors social events for students and faculty.

  • Economics Club (Ceteris Paribus)

    This forum for the discussion of current economics events helps members explore the numerous career options in the field through guest speakers, group discussions and field trips.

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)

    ESW: Engineers for a Sustainable World is a nonprofit organization with a network of more than 3,000 professionals and students working to reduce poverty and advance global sustainability. Volunteers have contributed technical expertise to help groups in developing countries improve their infrastructure and protect their health. Each year, students plan and implement educational events and projects to benefit the Union community.

  • Entrepreneurs of the Nott (EON)

    EON is simply a place where people can solve problems in whatever capacity they desire. They encourage campus-wide collaboration and expose the student body to an entrepreneurial mindset. They are a platform for students to connect with alumni, the local community, and resources to see their ideas materialize into tangible results and/or products.

  • French Club

    Promotes the French language through a weekly lunchtime discussion ("French Table") and sponsoring films, trips and French dinners.

  • Geology Club

    The Geology Club is open to anyone interested in the subject of geology. They do community outreach events with local schools, field trips to the Albany mineral show, and other events throughout the term to encourage people to learn more about geology.

  • German Club

    Devoted to promoting opportunities for those interested in the German language and German culture, with a weekly lunchtime "German Table" and informal social gatherings, discussions, films and special events each term.

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

    IEEE is the biggest professional society of engineers from all backgrounds. This group provides students with hands-on experience and networking opportunities with professionals in the industry of engineering through trips to various firms, dinner and discussion events with professors and people from the engineering industry, and by participating in Hackathons.

  • National Society of Black Engineers

    NSBE-Union develops programs to recruit, retain and graduate minorities in engineering, science and other technical fields. NSBE operates through a university-based structure coordinated through regional zones and administered by officers of the national executive board. It initiates programs within and outside the college community.

  • Philosophy Club

    This is a forum for social and intellectual interaction among philosophers at Union. Activities range from planning a social event or a field trip to a nearby philosophy conference, to making suggestions to the faculty about what upper division courses should be taught. The club also publishes the Ephemeris, the premier undergraduate journal of philosophy originating in North America.

  • Portuguese Club

    Portuguese Club provides an opportunity for the campus community to learn and practice Portuguese. They provide a social and cultural focus for activities and aim to create an appreciation for the International Students at Union College.

  • Pre-Health Society

    Students interested in pursuing careers in any health-related field can acquire insight and information through speakers, seminars, meetings and social events.

  • Pre-Law Society

    A variety of activities are planned for students interested in pursuing careers in the legal profession.

  • Robotics Club

    The Robotics Club brings together those who enjoy building things and learning about how they work. They create, program, run and play with robots and equipment in the Peter Irving Wold Center.

  • Russian and Eastern European Cultures Club (REECC)

    This group promotes the language and cultures of Eastern Europe through lectures, discussions, films, and social gatherings. They host a weekly "Russian Table" lunchtime discussion.

  • SAE AERO Club

    Each member of the team has a specific task – engine, structure, landing gear, controls, testing. A team leader integrates all the parts, and together they troubleshoot what comes along. Members have the valuable experience of working on a real-world engineering team, led by a faculty advise

  • Society of Physics Students (SPS)

    This organization is open to all students interested in physics, not only physics majors, and provides membership in professional societies, subscriptions to journals, and eligibility for scholarships, internships and grants offered by the national organization.

  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

    SWE is a national organization that promotes the role of women in engineering. Tours, lectures, and panel discussions help women find opportunities in and learn about the field of engineering.

  • Spanish Club

    This organization promotes the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through films, lectures, social gatherings, cooking classes, the weekly “Spanish Table,” and a diverse array of co-curricular activities, which allows faculty and students to interact, practice spoken Spanish and learn about Hispanic cultures in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Union Neurotech

    Union Neurotech is a group that aims to introduce Brain Computer Interfaces and additional Neurotechnology to the student body through workshops, group seminars, visiting speakers, and more.

Community Service

  • Alpha Phi Omega

    Alpha Phi Omega provides its members the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they volunteer on their campus, in their community, to the nation and to the organization.

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters

    This organization involves students in the Schenectady Big Brothers/Big Sisters program by matching students with area children and by planning parties, recreational events, and excursions.

  • C.O.C.O.A. House

    The purpose of C.O.C.O.A. House is to help the children of the Hamilton Hill area realize the value of education through tutoring, educational field trips, and speakers.

  • Colleges Against Cancer

    This club promotes awareness of cancer through various events, including the annual Relay for Life fundraiser.

  • Empty Bowls

    Empty Bowls is a national, grassroots, anti-hunger organization that started as a student art project. The Empty Bowls Project of Schenectady fights hunger by donating to local charities. The club’s annual fund-raising event is held at Proctors Theater each spring and brings a cross-section of the community together to raise awareness and funds through the sale of handcrafted pottery bowls made by club members in Union’s Ceramics Studio. The event is coordinated by student volunteers through the Kenney Community Center.

  • Good Eats

    Funded in part by Union’s Minerva House system, Good Eats coordinates with Schenectady ARC (Advocacy, Resources, Choices) to cook and plan meals in Minerva kitchens with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Habitat for Humanity

    This club works with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to build houses for people in need.

  • Life Beyond Borders

    Life Beyond Borders collaborates with local organizations to organize various workshops that promote the empowerment and advocacy of refugees. They aim to connect passionate students with local and international relief organizations where students provide aid to refugees through volunteering service and humanitarian aid.

  • MEDLIFE

    MEDLIFE helps families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives. It partners with motivated individuals in poor communities, working to improve their access to medicine, education and community development.

  • One for the World

    One for the World Union seeks to eradicate extreme poverty in the developing world. They expose students to the concept of effective altruism through educational programs and social events and strive to create a culture of giving on campus, encouraging students to pledge a percentage of their future earnings towards a selection of charities.

  • Partners for World Health

    This club works with a national organization of the same name to provide environmental and health-related care to underdeveloped communities on an international level. They collect surplus medical equipment and donations, sort the donations, and prepare them for shipment overseas, where they will directly benefit a community in need.

  • Red Cross Club

    Students in all majors come together to make the community a safer and friendlier place to help people when they need it most.

Cultural and Identity

  • African Student Association (ASA)

    African students, students of African descent and other interested students (and alumni) promote, share and celebrate the African spirit and cultures.

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)

    This club promotes the advancement of equity for women and girls. They use education, research, and philanthropy to empower women and girls and promote their equity in society.

  • Asian Student Union (ASU)

    Asian Student Union is a place for Asian and non-Asian students to come together to discuss and appreciate Asian culture and Asian existence on Union's campus.

  • AUM Hindu Association

    Provides a means for Hindu students to collaborate and for students and faculty to learn about the Hindu religion. Members have the opportunity to learn and/or educate the Union student body about Hinduism through discussion, prayers, debate, celebrations and recognition of Hindu culture and values. All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

  • Bhangra Union

    Bhangra dancers are dedicated to performing the traditional folk dance of northern India, specifically the Punjab region. They perform in the annual Spring Shakti Show and at many dance events throughout the year.

  • Black Student Union (BSU)

    BSU aims to enhance and solidify the diversity initiative on campus surrounding African-American issues. Their goals are to promote education on issues pertaining to black student life and black history through campus-wide events and discussions. The BSU works to enrich an already thriving college community full of diverse ideas, with the vision to leave a legacy not only for African-American students, but for all students.

  • Campus Protestant Ministry (CPM)

    Sponsored by churches in the community, and staffed by a Protestant pastor, the CPM provides opportunities for worship, service and study. The CPM also works with other student groups to create on-campus forums for conversation and question-raising.

  • Caribbean Student Association (CaribSA)

    CaribSA seeks to educate the campus on diverse aspects of Caribbean cultures, social issues, and politics and to provide an outlet for expression among students who identify with this identity.

  • Catholic Student Association

    Supported by the Albany Diocese, the Catholic Student Association offers a venue for students, faculty and staff to find fellowship and friendship on campus as well as in the local Catholic community.

  • Chabad

    Chabad provides educational, social, and recreational programming for Jewish students and faculty.

  • Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)

    This organization represents the Chinese student body and promotes Chinese culture through a variety of events and activities.

  • French Club

    Promotes the French language through weekly lunchtime discussion tables, as well as films, trips and French dinners.

  • German Club

    An organization devoted to promoting opportunities for everyone interested in the German language and culture; offers a weekly lunchtime German Table and informal social gatherings, discussions, films and special events each term.

  • Hillel

    Hillel works with the campus and local Jewish communities to provide for the religious, cultural and academic needs of Jewish students. Bonnie Cramer, the Jewish chaplain, serves as staff advisor.

  • Interfaith Union

    Based on the common ground of community service, this student group programs at least one interfaith service or dialogue event a term. The group is open to all students. They host weekly Tea with Interfaith Union events to discuss the differences and similarities of numerous religions, traditions and cultural backgrounds. This club was formerly known as Interfaith Youth Corps.

  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

    IVCF welcomes students of all backgrounds to a community founded on Jesus' love. We explore what it means to follow Jesus through community service, Bible discussion, prayer and music.

  • Kpop Club

    Kpop Club is a community of students who are interested in Korean music, media, and culture.

  • Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

    This group strives to enhance and increase the diverse campus community while vigorously representing Latin American cultures.

  • Muslim Student Association (MSA)

    Promotes unity and joint action both among Muslims and among Muslims and non-Muslims, whether with other Union organizations or in a less structured manner. Provide congregational prayer times with on-campus locations, community service projects, and events with other MSA's in the capital region.

  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

    NSBE is committed to increasing the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. We host events to get people interested in STEM and give back to the Schenectady community by exposing middle school and high school students to STEM and the endless opportunities it provides.

  • Russian and Eastern European Culture Club (REECC)

    REECC is for those with an interest in Russian and Eastern European culture. We host events to expose the campus community to learning about culture in the Eastern European region on several fronts - whether it be ethnic traditions, politics, cinema, linguistics, and more!

  • Shakti

    Shakti aims to promote an understanding of the Indian subcontinent within Union and the surrounding community. The club seeks to strengthen southeast Asian cultural awareness and education at Union College and to provide on-campus and off-campus social alternatives open to all students.

  • Spanish Club

    This organization promotes the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through films, lectures, social gatherings, cooking classes, the weekly Spanish Table and a diverse array of co-curricular activities, which allows faculty and students to interact, practice spoken Spanish and learn about Hispanic cultures in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Union Pride (formerly Student Allies for Equality)

    Union Pride aims to foster a thriving LGBTQ community both on campus and in Schenectady and the Capital Region by creating a welcoming community for meeting like-minded individuals who care about making the world around us a more educated and accepting place.

  • UNITAS

    UNITAS fosters community and diversity at Union by supporting groups and individuals who create events and educational opportunities that foster both. Students, staff, administrators, and faculty who have new ideas about how to increase and celebrate diversity and promotion of community at Union may apply for a Unitas grant to make their idea become a reality. Membership is open to all members of the Union community.

  • Women's Union

    Women's Union is a student support and action group whose purpose is to educate and provide information about topics directly related to women, including sexuality, relationships, and self-image. The club hosts events such as speakers, discussions, and field trips to facilitate campus-wide discourse.

  • World Around U - International Students Association

    This club, open to all students, provides events and education about various cultures as well as advocacy for current and future international students.

Environmental

  • Beekeeping Club

    Students share the importance of bees to the environment and teach the unique skills of beekeeping, honey extracting, and wax making.

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)

    ESW encourages, supports, and implements environmentally and economically sustainable technical projects. Their goal is to benefit the local community through sustainable initiatives while developing globally responsible and knowledgeable students.

  • Environmental Action Club

    Student activists educate the campus about environmental and social issues, as well as sustainable life practices. They host events to encourage an appreciation for nature and the local environment.

  • Octopus’s Garden

    In 2008, Union faculty, staff, and students started an organic garden, Octopus’s Garden, on the south side of campus. It continues to be maintained by volunteers who work to provide fresh organic vegetables for many Union organizations, such as Ozone Café, and the greater Schenectady community. The group host events to support their homegrown efforts.

  • Ozone Café

    Run by Ozone House, a theme house devoted to sustainability, this group is made up of students and faculty who enjoy a locally sourced, vegetarian lunch in Old Chapel every Friday. The organic food is harvested from Octopus’s Garden each week.

  • Ozone House

    Students promote social and environmental awareness by living together in a sustainable house.

  • U-Sustain

    The U-Sustain Committee (Garnet Goes Green), made up of environmentally and socially-concerned students, faculty and staff, oversees sustainability initiatives and educates the campus community about ways to live, work and enjoy Union in the most eco-friendly and sustainable way possible.

  • Ornithology Club

    Ornithology Club is for students that love birds and want to learn more about them. The club focuses on conservation efforts to help protect local bird species and go on birdwalks to familiarize members with these species.

Governance

  • Interfraternity Council

    The IFC is a governing body composed of representatives of each fraternity on campus. It promotes and maintains the fraternity system by holding weekly meetings to discuss issues ranging from campus policies and affairs to rules governing member houses.

  • Minerva House Council(s)

    In each Minerva House, members and elected house leaders meet once a week to plan social, intellectual, and recreational events for members of their house and the general student body.

  • Multicultural Greek Council

    The MGC is a governing body composed of representatives of each of the multicultural Greek organizations on campus.

  • Panhellenic Council

    The Panhellenic Council sets guidelines and policies for Union's sororities. For more information contact the office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at greeklife@union.edu.

  • Student Forum

    Student Forum represents the principle form of student government at Union. It consists of elected officials and appointees from various major college committees. The primary responsibilities of Student Forum include the allocation of all student activity funds, the appointments for college and student committees, and the general oversight of all student clubs, organizations, and their activities.

  • Theme House Consortium

    The Theme House Committee serves as a supportive body through which individual theme houses can showcase their unique contributions to the campus.

Performing and Visual Arts

  • African Dance Club (ADC)

    The Union College African Dance Club’s creates opportunities to welcome and draw people into the African culture. They teach members of the club about the different kinds of African dance and the meaning behind them.

  • Anime Club

    This club is led by anime and manga enthusiasts who want to share their passion for this art form with one another and the campus community. They learn about the art, culture, and music of Japan through focusing on an appreciation for its expression in anime and manga.

  • Bhangra Union

    Bhangra dancers are dedicated to performing the traditional folk dance of India’s Punjab region. They perform in the annual Spring Shakti Show and at many dance events throughout the year.

  • Ceramics Club

    The Ceramics Club gives students the opportunity to learn and develop their skills in the art of ceramics through both hand-building and wheel throwing. Every member of the club learns how to construct, glaze, fire pieces, and recycle clay. The club provides an opportunity for students to utilize this art form as a creative outlet and experiment with different techniques.

  • Concert Club

    Students bring the community together through low-cost concerts and musical social events.

  • Dutch Pipers

    Union College's only all male a cappella group performs a wide variety of music, including barbershop, the 1950s, popular, ballads and more. The Pipers perform on campus and auditions are held each year for new members.

  • Eliphalets

    The Eliphalets are the only co-ed a cappella group on campus. While specializing in classic Union songs, the group also sings everything from "Free Falling" by Tom Petty to "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston. Auditions are held each year for new members.

  • Empty Bowls

    Empty Bowls is a national, grassroots, anti-hunger organization that started as a student art project. The Empty Bowls Project of Schenectady fights hunger by donating to local charities. The club’s annual fund-raising event, held at Proctors Theater each spring, brings a cross-section of the community together to raise awareness and funds through the sale of handcrafted pottery bowls made by club members in Union’s Ceramics Studio. The event is coordinated by student volunteers through the Kenney Community Center.

  • Garnettes

    First formed in 1986, the Garnettes is a four-part women's group that sings a variety of music ranging from the music of the 1950s, to current top 50 hits.

  • Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir

    The ensemble is a non-denominational organization that promotes self-expression through the singing of contemporary and traditional religious songs. The group performs for the College and the local community. Membership is open to all students regardless of previous experience.

  • Hip Hop Club

    Students from all backgrounds and majors come together to perform many types of hip hop dances in a variety of campus performances, including at Steinmetz Symposium, dance battles and talent shows.

  • In-Unison Step Club

    Students come together to choreograph, practice and perform step dances for the community.

  • LatinX Dance Club

    Students teach various forms of Latinx dances at regular practices each week. Through dance, students learn other aspects of Latinx culture as well. The club performs on campus, presenting the campus with an opportunity to appreciate Latinx cultures.

  • Mountebanks - Drama Society

    Founded in 1912, The Mountebanks is the oldest continually operating student-run theater organization in the country. Participation is open to anyone interested in getting involved in any aspect of the theater, both on and off the stage.

  • Pep Band (The Nott Noisemakers)

    Pep Band is a group of students who love to play music together. They play at home hockey games and energize the crowd, all while cheering for Union! They play many popular songs, including "Bad Romance" and "Sweet Caroline", as well as some more traditional pep band songs such as "Centerfold" and our Alma Mater.

Politics and Activism

  • Union College Activists Network

    This organization provides a forum for sharing ideas, events and calls to action for the protection of civil liberties.

  • Empty Bowls Project

    Empty Bowls is a national, grassroots, anti-hunger organization that started as a student art project. The Empty Bowls Project of Schenectady fights hunger by donating to local charities. The club’s annual fund-raising event, held at Proctors Theater each spring, brings a cross-section of the community together to raise awareness and funds through the sale of handcrafted pottery bowls made by club members in Union’s Ceramics Studio. The event is coordinated by student volunteers through the Kenney Community Center.

  • Model United Nations

    The Model United Nations club provides opportunities for students to discuss and debate current events, work on their public speaking skills, and meet other students with similar interests. They welcome students of all levels of experience and may attend conferences to debate with other schools.

  • Planned Parenthood Generation Action (PPGen)

    PPGen is a network of young activists across the country who organize events on their campuses and in their communities to mobilize advocates for reproductive freedom, raise public awareness about reproductive health and rights, educate young people about sexual health, and participate locally in political activism and policy education.

  • Young Democratic Socialists of America (YSDA)

    YSDA is a multi-issue group on campus that seeks to look at various intersectional issues through a democratic socialist lens.

  • Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)

    Young Americans for Freedom seeks to create a medium for conservatism on campus and promote the general principles adopted in the Sharon Statement: individual freedom, limited government, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. They encourage and welcome all members of the Union community to share their ideas and create civil discussion on campus.

Publications and Media

  • Concordiensis

    A college newspaper that is more than a source of news. It is a forum for public debate; it is the voice of the students amplified to an audible pitch; it is anything and everything students try to make it. All students are encouraged to show their interest and support. Concordy holds its first general meeting in the fall.

  • Film Club

    The Film Club is responsible for selecting the weekend movies, which are current films shown on campus free-of-charge each weekend of the term. They showcase popular, classic, foreign, multicultural and fine art forms at events such as dinner and discussions.

  • The Idol

    Union's literary magazine invites literary necromancers of all shapes, forms, and talents. Three issues will be forthcoming, and all writers of poetry and fiction are urged to submit their material for publication to the magazine itself, or, for informal discussion, to the weekly workshop meetings. Photographs and other art work are also solicited.

  • The Minerva Review

    An undergraduate scholarly journal for students from Union, Hamilton, Siena, Skidmore and Wellesley.

  • The Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics

    The journal is published online bi-annually and features many different types of research completed in senior seminars, capstone courses and methods courses. Union contributes often to this journal distributed by the Nu Omega Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha at Oakland University.

  • UMarketing

    UMarketing is a club where students with a passion for gaining marketing, sales, advertising, communications, design and social media experience can thrive. They host events with notable alumni, career panels, networking experiences and more!

  • WRUC (89.7 FM)

    WRUC, America’s first college radio station, has been broadcasting since 1920. The student-run radio station broadcasts with a 100 watt transmitter to listeners in 15-mile radius. With two studios, DJs have the opportunity to broadcast from the first floor of Reamer in front of all their peers, or from the main studio on the fourth floor. WRUC broadcasts 24 hours a day, everyday. New DJs are welcomed every term and are encouraged to broadcast anything from talk shows, to music, or to commentate on Union Athletics. Membership to WRUC is open to all Union College students.

Recreation & Club Sports

  • Badminton Club

    Members meet to compete in badminton competitions throughout the term.

  • BAJA Club

    BAJA SAE provides students with a challenging project that involves the designing, planning, and manufacturing of an all terrain automotive vehicle. Teams from colleges all over the world compete against one another in a series of tasks that push their creations to the limit. Students must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and compete with their vehicle, but then do so with a series of constraints in place.

  • Baseball Club

    The Baseball Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve baseball skills and compete with other club teams in the region. Members get together multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills and compete on various weekends throughout the year.

  • Basketball Club

    The Basketball Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve basketball skills and compete with other club basketball teams in the region. Members get together multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills and compete on various weekends throughout the year.

  • Cheer Club

    This club, open to all students, encourages Union College pride by cheering at various sporting events. They have a coach and practice on a weekly basis.

  • Dance Team

    The Union College Dance Team provides fast-paced entertainment during half-time of home basketball and football games.

  • Equestrian Club

    The Equestrian Club is for students interested in horseback riding and hosts a variety of events from trail rides in the Adirondacks to dressage clinics and may form a competitive team if there are students interested.

  • Fencing Club

    The Fencing Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve fencing skills and compete with each other.

  • Fly Fishing Club

    Fly Fishing Club hosts off campus trips to fishing spots across the Adirondacks with trained fly-fishermen several times a year.

  • Golf Club

    The Golf Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve golf skills and play at various courses throughout the area.

  • Hip Hop Club

    This club is for students who enjoy the hip hop dancing style. Routines are choreographed and performed during Steinmetz Symposium in the spring and other showcases throughout the year.

  • Ice Hockey, Men's

    The Men's Ice Hockey Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve ice hockey skills and compete with other club hockey teams in the region. Members get together multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills and compete on various weekends throughout the year.

  • Ice Hockey, Women's

    The Women's Ice Hockey Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve ice hockey skills and compete with other club hockey teams in the region. Members get together multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills and compete on various weekends throughout the year.

  • Lacrosse Club, Men's

    The Lacrosse Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve lacrosse skills and compete with club lacrosse teams in the region. Members get together multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills and compete on various weekends throughout the year.

  • LatinX Dance Club

    Students teach various forms of Latinx dances at regular practices each week. Through dance, students learn other aspects of Latinx culture as well. The club performs on campus, presenting the campus with an opportunity to appreciate Latinx cultures.

  • Outing Club

    The Outing Club sponsors activities such as canoeing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, rock climbing, and spelunking. Trips run several weekends a term with the club supplying most of the equipment.

  • Rugby Club, Men's

    The Men's Rugby Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve rugby skills and compete together. Members get together multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills and compete on various weekends throughout the year.

  • Rugby Club, Women's

    The Women's Rugby Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve rugby skills and compete together. Members get together multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills and compete on various weekends throughout the year.

  • Ski and Snowboard Club

    The Ski and Snowboard Club offers opportunities for both beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders to go to local and regional mountains in the Winter.

  • Soccer Club, Men's

    The Men's Soccer Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve soccer skills and compete together. Members get together multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills and compete on various weekends throughout the year.

  • Soccer Club, Women's

    The Women's Soccer Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve soccer skills and compete together. Members practice multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills and are interested in competing if student members are interested.

  • Table Tennis Club

    The Table Tennis Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve table tennis skills and compete together. Members practice multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills.

  • Tennis Club

    The Tennis Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve tennis skills and compete together. Members practice multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills.

  • Ultimate Frisbee

    The Ultimate Frisbee club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve ultimate frisbee skills and compete together. Members practice multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills and often play in tournaments in the region.

  • Volleyball Club

    The Volleyball Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and improve volleyball skills and compete together. Members practice multiple times each week to practice and improve upon skills and are interested in competing if student members are interested.

  • Yoga and Meditation Club

    This club promotes self-development and well-being through the practice of yoga and meditation. They will host regular events and attend yoga classes at a local studio.

Religious & Cultural Groups

  • AUM Hindu Association

    This group provides a means for Hindu students to collaborate, as well as for Union College students and faculty to learn about the Hindu religion. Members have the opportunity to learn and/or educate the Union student body about Hinduism through discussion, prayers, debate, celebrations and recognition of Hindu culture and values. All students, faculty, & staff are welcome. Jyoiti Swamanathan is their spiritual adviser.

  • Campus Protestant Ministry

    Sponsored by churches in the community, and staffed by a Protestant pastor, the CPM provides opportunities for worship, service and study. The CPM also works with other student groups to create on-campus forums for conversation and question raising.

  • Catholic Student Association

    Supported by the Albany Diocese, the Catholic Student Association offers a venue for students, faculty and staff to find fellowship and friendship on campus as well as in the local Catholic community.

  • Chabad

    Chabad provides educational, social, and recreational programming for Jewish students and faculty.

  • Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir and Liturgical Dancers

    The ensemble is a non-denominational organization that promotes self-expression through the singing of contemporary and traditional religious songs. The group performs for the College and the local community. Membership is open to all students regardless of previous experience.

  • Hillel

    Hillel works with the campus and local Jewish communities to provide for the religious, cultural and academic needs of Jewish students. Bonnie Cramer, the Jewish chaplain, serves as staff adviser.

  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)

    IVCF welcomes students of all backgrounds to a community founded on Jesus' love. We explore what it means to follow Jesus through community service, Bible discussion, prayer and music.

  • Muslim Students' Association (MSA)

    Promotes unity and joint action both among Muslims and among Muslims and non-Muslims, whether with other Union organizations or in a less structured manner. Provide congregational prayer times with on-campus locations, community service projects, and events with other MSA's in the capital region.

Social & Special Interest

  • ACE (Association of Campus Events)

    ACE is a student-led group that plans and implements a wide variety of events and activities for students. The majority of their programs are late night events such as comedians, game shows, and more. Events typically include one off-campus trip per term, such as going to a show at Proctors or going rock climbing. All students can attend events and also volunteer to get involved with the group.

  • American Sign Language (ASL) Club

    The ASL Club aims to make Union’s campus more inclusive by spreading knowledge and awareness of the deaf and hard of hearing communities. This club brings people together to gain a useful life skill that could be beneficial in different career fields.

  • A More Equitable Union

    A More Equitable Union is a student group looking to increase equity across traditionally marginalized groups on campus by specifically focusing on the expression of masculinity and gender and how masculinity influences campus-wide equity.

  • Anime Club

    This club is led by anime and manga enthusiasts who want to share their passion for this art form with one another and the campus community. They learn about the art, culture, and music of Japan through focusing on an appreciation for its expression in anime and manga. http://muse.union.edu/animeclub/

  • Beekeeping Club

    Students share the importance of bees to the environment and teach the unique skills of beekeeping, honey extracting, and wax making.

  • Chess Club

    This club introduces, teaches, encourages and promotes the game of chess at all levels to the Union community. Weekly meetings are organized to study, learn and play chess, and larger events and tournaments are held several times a year. Members develop their playing strategies, analyze chess tactics and discuss the unique cultural importance of the game. The club is part of an intercollegiate league with Siena College and Skidmore.

  • Film Club

    The Film Club is responsible for selecting the weekend movies, which are current films shown on campus free-of-charge each weekend of the term. They showcase popular, classic, foreign, multicultural and fine art forms at events such as dinner and discussions.

  • Gaming4U

    Gaming4U is a place to talk about, enjoy, and play video games, card & board games, and tabletop RPGs. They host a variety of events throughout the term and there's always something for everyone to enjoy!

  • Garnet Society

    The Garnet Society is Union’s Student Alumni Association. It is made up of student leaders who act as liaisons between the student and alumni communities. The group staffs alumni events, such as Homecoming & Family Weekend and ReUnion. To promote school spirit and recognize the College’s legacy, the society also hosts the popular Founders Week. The Garnet Society is always looking for new members. It conducts rolling interviews and hosts informational sessions at the beginning of each semester. Applicants fill out an application and interview with current group members.

  • Rocket Club

    The Rocket Club hosts events to introduce and engage the campus in the hobby of rocketry. It offers a platform for aspiring engineers and others to exhibit or build on their interest in making rockets from scratch. Club members also work together to design a rocket with the goal of entering into local and national competitions.

  • Senior Class

    Seniors meet regularly to discuss and implement plans to educate their classmates on philanthropy and the importance of giving back. The year culminates with a class gift to be given to the College when they graduate.

  • Speakers Forum

    The Speakers Forum is responsible for providing intellectual, entertaining and diverse speakers on campus. The goal of Speakers Forum is to entertain the student body while also providing exposure to diverse and interesting people from of outside the college campus.

  • Spoon University (Spoon U)

    Union is affiliated with spoonuniversity.com, which is devoted to sharing recipes, cooking tips, restaurant reviews and other exciting culinary content to those who love to eat, cook, bake and discuss varied cuisines.