Allegheny offers over 80 diverse clubs and organizations, giving all students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities. These student groups include student government, honorary societies, athletic organizations, College committees, community service, Greek life, media organizations, performance groups, religious organizations and special interest groups.
All new students receive a copy of The Compass, the student handbook, when they arrive on campus in the fall. A section of The Compass is devoted to listing and describing all of the different clubs and organizations at Allegheny. This listing also includes the name and campus post office box of at least one contact person so that interested students obtain more information at any time. In addition, the annual Activities Fair gives new students a chance to learn about Allegheny's clubs and organizations in a relaxed, enjoyable environment. The Activities Fair is held once a semester during the first full week of classes.
Allegheny Student Government (ASG).
Through ASG, students participate in the governance of the College. ASG officers and senators are elected by popular student ballot. ASG is responsible for appointing students to serve on the standing committees of the College and of the Board of Trustees. ASG also allocates student activity fees to campus organizations, and oversees a number of student programs.
Gator Activities Programming (GAP).
Gator Activities Programming is the all-College programming board designed to provide diverse social events for students and the campus community. GAP offers an array of programming for campus including comedians, a movie series, bands, Afterhours, major events, and concerts.
Allegheny has an active Greek life with chapters of five national fraternities and four national sororities on campus. There are chapters of Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Theta Chi fraternities. Sororities include Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Fraternity and sorority activities include both service projects and social events; many of the latter are open to the campus community. By student-established policies, formal membership recruitment activities are deferred until the first week of the Spring Semester. The Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council serve as governing bodies for the College's fraternities and sororities. For more information visit the Greek Life website.
Honorary and Leadership Societies.
Students who meet certain academic requirements and other qualifications may be invited to join one or more of the College's honorary societies and service groups. Honorary organizations include: Alden, Distinguished Alden and Doane Scholars (general academic honors), Beta Beta Beta (biology honor society), Dobro Slovo (Slavic languages), Lambda Sigma (leadership), Order of Omega (scholarship and service), Phi Alpha Theta (history honorary), Phi Beta Kappa (national scholastic society), Phi Sigma Iota (foreign languages), Pi Kappa Delta (forensics), Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics honorary), Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honorary), Phi Sigma Tau (philosophy honorary), Psi Chi (psychology honorary), Sigma Pi Sigma (physics honorary), and Sigma Xi (scientific research).
Interest Clubs and Organizations.
Students with different backgrounds and interests have the opportunity to learn from each other by participating in interest clubs and organizations. These groups at Allegheny include: the Association for the Advancement of Black Culture, Allegheny Gay Pride, Allegheny Geological Organization, Allegheny Non-Traditional Students, Allegheny Role Playing Association, Amnesty International USA, Association for Computing Machinery, Association for Asian and Asian American Awareness (A5), Chemii (chemistry), cheerleaders, College Democrats, College Republicans, Debate Team, Dimensions (math), Economics Society, Emergency Medical Services Group, Golem (creative writing group), Grounds for Change (coffeehouse), International Club, Medical Ethics Journal Club, Model UN, Our Voices are Being Born (political), Outing Club, Psychological Association, Ski Club, Students for Environmental Action, Student Art Society, and Union Latina.
There are four publications produced by students: The Campus student newspaper; The Allegheny Review, a collection of essays, fiction and poetry drawn from material submitted by undergraduates nationwide; the Allegheny Literary Journal, featuring fiction, poetry and photography by Allegheny students exclusively; and Golem. In addition, WARC-FM is the radio voice of Allegheny College. Through the combined efforts of student programmers, producers, engineers, and announcers, WARC broadcasts daily throughout the academic year.
Membership in performing groups is open to all students, although some require auditions before accepting new members. The composition of the organizations varies; some are all-student groups, while others include faculty members and community residents. Allegheny's performing groups include Allegheny Repertory Dance, the American Music Ensemble (jazz), the Chamber Choir, the Chamber Orchestra, the Civic Symphony, the College Choir, the College Chorus, Dance Team, the Gospel Choir, Improv UnLTD, Liturgical Dance Choir, Orchesis (modern dance), Playshop Theatre, Social Dance Ensemble, Sons of Pitches (a capella vocal) the Student Experimental Theatre, the Wind Symphony, the Wind Ensemble, and the Women's Ensemble.
Allegheny students can also take advantage of several religious groups that provide opportunities for fellowship, study and special programs, including Allegheny Christian Outreach, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Ford Chapel Deacons, Hillel, Newman Organization, Islamic Awareness Society, and Sojourners Christian Fellowship.
Approximately half of Allegheny students, as well as many others in the Allegheny community, engage in service throughout the year. A wide range of opportunities exist for both individual and group participation through partnerships with many local service agencies. Organizations solely dedicated to service include the Allegheny Service Network, Lambda Sigma (a sophomore honor society), Alpha Phi Omega (a co-ed service fraternity), and a campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Many other student organizations regularly engage in service, including Greek societies, religious groups, special interest clubs, honorary societies, and athletic teams. Student Peer Project Leaders and AmeriCorps Bonner Leaders, as well as the Office of Community Service, assist individuals and organizations in finding appropriate service options.