Student Engagement

More than 50 Northwestern student groups work to address critical local and global issues, from hunger to global health and human rights. We encourage students to become involved.

For Members Only (FMO)

For Members Only (FMO) serves as Northwestern University's premier Black Student Alliance. FMO serves to encourage political, social, cultural and intellectual unity and growth first and foremost within Northwestern University's Black community, but also within the broader Northwestern community as well. FMO is the representative and political voice of Northwestern University's Black undergraduate student body. Contact:

Alianza: the Hispanic and Latino Student Alliance

The purpose of Alianza, the largest Hispanic/Latino student organization at Northwestern University, is to unite and support its members to work towards the advancement of an empowered, productive Hispanic/Latino presence at this institution. Alianza is a cultural, educational, and social programming body, which also serves as a vehicle for activism. Contact:

African Student Association (ASA)

ASA is a student organization that promotes African awareness to the greater Northwestern community. Our main goal is to prove a deeper understanding of the roots and histories of African culture. In the Fall, ASA hosts Afropollo, a mock of Showtime at the Apollo, where various students perform for a prize. The annual Cultural Show is hosted in the Winter which entertains all with a fashion show, skits, and performances. Throughout the quarter, we host film series such as Nollywood Nights and also partner with the Sunlight African Community Center in Chicago for philanthropic programming. Contact:

Korean American Students Association (KASA)

Korean American Students Association (KASA) is an organization formed to provide social and culturally informative activities to all those who share a common interest in the Korean culture and Korean American issues. KASA also strives to promote awareness of Korean American students' interests as well as intercutlural understanding and cooperation. KASA does not discriminate against persons of a different race, color, religion, creed, or national origin. Contact:

Model Arab League

Model Arab League is an organization focusing on discussion of Middle Eastern political, economic, and social issues from the perspective of different Arab states. Our primary activity is competition at regional and national conferences, so debate and negotiation are core elements of our organization. In preparing for conferences, members research the policies of different Arab states in order to negotiate resolutions and engage in meaningful diplomacy at these conferences. We emphasize political and cultural accuracy to a great degree. We hold weekly meetings, hold University-wide guest lectures on pertinent Arab issues, and organize cultural events and field trips.Contact:

Best Buddies

Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with intellectual and/or physical disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership.  It was founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. Each member of Northwestern's Best Buddies chapter is matched with an adult with disabilities. The buddy pair maintains regular contact throughout the year and meets several times a quarter for fun activities and themed outings. The chapter also promotes disability awareness on campus and throughout the community. Contact:

Northwestern Women’s Caucus

We connect members to an ever-expanding network of faculty, administrators, alumnae, and local businesswomen who share our commitment to bolstering the quantity and quality of women leaders at Northwestern. Contact:

Northwestern Community Development Corps (NCDC)

Northwestern Community Development Corps (NCDC) is a student-run organization that seeks to engage students in community development at Northwestern University, in Evanston, and throughout Chicago. We promote civic engagement through direct service, social awareness, and advocacy. Utilizing existing skills, talents, and abilities, we strive to build mutually beneficial relationships, enriching both our campus and the communities, while forming a foundation for the future. Contact:

Pan Hellenic Association (PHA)

The Northwestern Panhellenic Association (PHA) consists of 12 nationally-recognized chapters. Each sorority has a chapter house on the south end of Northwestern's campus. All of the organizations have a long-standing (inter)national history and traditions as many of the Northwestern chapters are more than 100 years old. Nearly 1600 women of all backgrounds and interests are members of PHA sororities at NU. Panhellenic women are leaders and participants in campus organizations, serve the NU and Evanston communities, and excel in the classroom. Contact:

Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC)

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) consists of 17 nationally-recognized fraternities at Northwestern. For the past 150 years, IFC fraternities have enriched the lives of young men at Northwestern through educational programs and activities. Today, more than 1200 men are members of IFC fraternities at NU, sharing the bonds of brotherhood and community to build long-lasting bonds and unbreakable friendships. Contact:

Multicultural Greek Councils

The MGC is a unique community of fraternities and sororities; each of these member organizations’ foundations is founded upon celebrating cultural diversity and educating the community about its rich cultural heritage.  The MGC and the Greek-letter organizations are powerful media through which group members can express and share their cultural pride.  The members cherish the belief that the college experience is more valuable when it includes self-expression through the richness of diversity. Contact:

Alternative Student Breaks (ASB)

Alternative Student Breaks seeks to educate Northwestern students of all majors and backgrounds by sponsoring "service learning" trips during academic breaks in fall, winter, and spring. Fall trips take place directly before Pre-Wildcat Welcome Week (orientation week), and are catered to incoming freshmen. These trips consist of five freshmen and two upperclassmen and take place at various sites in the Midwest. Contact:

Project Wildcat (PWILD)

Project Wildcat is an outdoor orientation program for incoming freshmen at Northwestern University. Campers spend a week backpacking, camping, and frolicking through the great outdoors with a small group of fellow freshmen and two trained NU-student counselors. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime! Contact:

Freshman Urban Program (FUP)

The Freshman Urban Program is a pre-New Student Week activity open to all incoming students of Northwestern University. FUP is an introduction to the neighborhoods within Chicago and Evanston. The program examines the issues that face these communities, the organizations that serve them and the means by which Northwestern students can effect change. FUP employs the theory of Asset-Based Community Development in teaching participants about issues as varied as housing, education, health care, politics, gentrification and community organizing. During this five day program, participants will stay in a youth hostel in Chicago's Loop area. From there they will be dispatched to volunteer at community centers, urban schools, homeless shelters and advocacy organizations throughout the city. Northwestern faculty and various community leaders will lead discussions on a variety of issues facing urban communities. Contact:

Asian American Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (AAIV)

Asian American Intervarsity is a group of students and staff who strive together to grow in love for God, his Word, his people and his purposes in the world. Through small groups, one-on-one discipleships, and large group gatherings, students follow Jesus together, finding deep friendships and real community. Contact:

Special Olympics

Special Olympics of Northwestern University is the largest and oldest student-run Special Olympics program in the country. We are going into our 32nd year with over 400 annual Northwestern volunteers. We strive to integrate individuals with developmental disabilities into our community by planning numerous social events. Contact:

College Feminists

College Feminists is the premier feminist and only pro-choice organization on the Evanston Northwestern campus. We meet Tuesdays at 8pm at the Women's Center, discussing issues ranging from domestic violence to the college hook-up scene. We believe that every woman should be able to make her own decisions regarding abortion and birth control and we seek to educate students and the community at large about their rights to such decisions. We also work to counteract negative images of women and work aginst gender stereotyping. We believe in a progressive, informed, and open-minded community. We hope to accomplish these goals by rallying, supporting and educating one another in the Northwestern Community and also by creating a network with other college campuses nationwide. Contact:

College Democrats

The College Democrats seek to stimulate political thought and activity at Northwestern, promote interest in governmental affairs, and advance the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party of the United States, Illinois, and Evanston. We do so by bringing engaging speakers to campus, assisting members in finding political experiences, and hosting interesting quarterly events. Contact:

College Republicans

College Republicans is Northwestern's conservative student organization that supports the ideals of the Republican Party. We host high-profile speakers, participate in campus debates and activities, and provide a variety of opportunities for all political backgrounds.  We bring speakers to campus who appeal to moderates, libertarians, objectivists, and conservatives of all colors, and all are welcome to attend meetings and events. Contact:

Lending for Evanston and Northwestern Development (LEND)

Lending for Evanston and Northwestern Development (LEND) is a student-run, non-profit organization that empowers entrepreneurs in Evanston to create businesses, create jobs, and reach financial self-sufficiency. By providing access to small amounts of capital and business development services, LEND is devoted to connecting the Northwestern and Evanston communities under the shared objectives of aiding businesses, economic development, and social change. Contact:

NU Gives Back

NU Gives Back is a university-wide day of service that unites undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, staff and faculty around active engagement with our surrounding community. An entirely grassroots, student-run organization, NU Gives Back began in the fall of 2010 and has since evolved into 2 years of over 300+ participants with the goal of making an impact in our surrounding community. Contact:

NU Listens

We are a group of students dedicated to bringing peer listening to Northwestern University. Contact:

Project ShoutOUT

Project ShoutOUT is an outreach student organization at Northwestern modeled off of the national "It Gets Better Project." The organization's main purpose is to deliver a message of hope to LGBTQ youth in need of support. Ultimately, Project ShoutOUT hopes to provide secondary students with the opportunity to enter into personal dialogue with NU students who have overcome bullying, to demonstrate through personal testimonies and peer mentoring, that life can and will improve for these students. Contact:

Quest Scholars Network

Acknowledging our challenges is only the first step. Our goal is to facilitate the provision of the resources necessary to be fully included and reach our inner potential, and to overcome the obstacles that marginalize us as we experience the absence of external resources. Contact:

Rainbow Alliance

Our purpose is to create a safe space at Northwestern University that encourages personal development for people of all genders and sexualities, perceived or otherwise. Contact:

Society of Women Engineers

An organization that focuses on providing an outlet for Northwestern's women engineers to meet their peers, help get young women interested in math and science, and network with members of the workforce. Contact:

Society of Black Engineers

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)'s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Contact:

85 Broads

85 Broads is a global women's networking society. Our Northwestern chapter is a pre-professional group offering NU students both professional, academic and personal guidance, advice and support. We have career and internship panels, renowned speakers and a mentorship program as our primary events.. Contact:


MIXED (the Mixed Race Student Coalition), was recently founded to provide a space for those who identify with a mixed race background/have interest in mixed race affairs through social events, discussion, fundraisers, and campaigns. Contact: kalinasilverman2016@u.northwestern.ed

Pi Alpha Phi

Pi Alpha Phi is Brotherhood The Fraternity encourages mutual respect, trust, and loyalty among its members. The Fraternity creates an extended family that nurtures life-long friendships through the bonds of tradition, shared values, and unity. Pi Alpha Phi is committed to Academic Excellence The Fraternity creates a studious environment and encourages each of its members to achieve his greatest academic potential. The Fraternity supports all educational endeavors and recognizes exceptional academic achievement. Pi Alpha Phi is devoted to Philanthropy The Fraternity is committed to its responsibility to serve others and encourages participation in activities for the betterment of the community. Pi Alpha Phi inspires Leaders The Fraternity provides opportunities to fulfill important duties within the organization and helps members develop leadership skills in preparation for their future careers and endeavors. Pi Alpha Phi strives to promote Asian American Awareness The Fraternity believes in learning Asian American culture, heritage, and history. The Fraternity encourages its members to pass this knowledge on to others. Contact:

Promote 360: A Cycle of Minority Empowerment

We are a student group based within, but not exclusive to, the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) committed to promoting minority access to higher education. Contact:

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

SHPE at Northwestern University promotes the advancement of all ethnicities, majors, and backgrounds in education, employment, and society. SHPE at Northwestern University serves the Northwestern Community and surrounding schools through academic workshops, community service, and inter-student group coopertation. Contact:

Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC)

Asian Pacific American Coalition is a student group that strives to represent and serve students of Asian descent on campus by: * Raising awareness of Asian/Asian American social and cultural issues, * Engaging and empowering the A/AA student community through education and advocacy, * Unifying A/AA students of all ethnicities to strengthen ourcommunity's voice on campus, and * Increasing cross-cultural understanding through communication and coalition-building with the larger Northwestern community.Contact:

Black Graduate Student Association

The purpose of BGSA shall be to foster a sense of community among the Black graduate student body by representing and acting upon its academic, cultural, intellectual, social, and political concerns and interests. Contact:


Northwestern's Caribbean Student Alliance is an organization for students of Caribbean descent, as well as all members of the NU community who are interested in the dynamic culture. It seeks to explore and preserve the culture through many types of on-campus programming. Contact:

Chinese International Student Association (CISA)

Formed in 2009, Chinese International Student Association is a cultural club that welcomes international chinese students and all friends who are interested in Chinese. It aims to promote the authentic Chinese culture on campus, while providing a sense of belonging for the international Chinese students, helping them in transition to college life in US. CISA also tries to connect the Northwestern students with the scholars/ visitors from China in order to gain understanding of Chinese society from a local perspective. Moreover, CISA is also promoting the brand of Northwestern University in China, helping to match Northwestern students to career opportunities in China. Contact:


Fiedler Hillel is the foundation
for Jewish life on campus. 
Our mission is to inspire 
every Jewish student to 
make a meaningful
and enduring commitment 
to Jewish life. Contact: 

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)

A biblically based organization hoping to present the message of Christ to the campus and world, is open to all students. Weekly large group meetings and small group Bible discussion and prayer groups are included in this ministry. Contact:

Muslim-cultural Students Association (McSA)

The Muslim-cultural Students Association (McSA) is a community oriented organization that caters to the many different needs of Northwestern students. Our members are Muslim and non-Muslim alike. Even with such a diverse membership, our fundamental goals remain the same. Be it Discover Islam Week, philanthropy food drives, Ramadan dinners, or simply tutoring younger students, our primary motive is to promote the human values that Islam emphasizes: community, equality, justice, mercy, compassion and peace. In addition, by supporting other organizations or events, we hope to foster unity not only in McSA, but also among other NU student organizations, faculty and administrators. Contact:

Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR)

The Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR) provides a forum to analyze complexities within the modern field of human rights by recognizing cultural relativism, difficulty in consensus, and potential discrepancies between design and implementation. Contact:

Northwestern University Native American and Indigenous Student Association (NAISA)

Our mission is to increase visibility and raise awareness of American Indian cultures and to discuss issues facing American Indian students and the American Indian community. Contact:

Global Engagement Summit (GES)

The Global Engagement Summit (GES) is a five-day training conference for students committed to global change. Delegates come together to understand the challenges of and opportunities for their engagement; to hone the skills and mindsets that will enable them to better plan, execute, and participate in change-based projects; and to connect with like-minded peers from around the world. Contact:

Chinese Students and Scholars Association

Northwestern University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (NUCSSA) is a student organization dedicated to promoting social, intellectual and cultural activities for Chinese students and scholars. We strive to provide benefits for Chinese students and scholars at Northwestern University by organizing big festival activites, providing information for jobs and so on. We encourages all, especially incoming, Chinese students and scholars to join our organization and participate in our activities Contact:

Graduate Students Association for Latino and Spanish Activities (G-SALSA)

G-SALSA (Graduate Student Association for Latino and Spanish Activities) was founded with the purpose of providing an  environment where students can meet and interact with other students to celebrate Hispanic and Latin American Heritage. Contact:

Indian Graduate Students and Scholars Association

The objectives of IGSSA are to increase the awareness of Indians on campus and in the community,to preserve the rich cultural heritage of India, to ensure a homely atmosphere for Indian students and to unite Indians and people of other races.Contact:

Queer Pride Graduate Student Association

Northwestern University’s Queer Pride Graduate Student Association is an award-winning social and advocacy group for graduate students enrolled in The Graduate School of Northwestern University. Founded in 2005, our membership now includes over 100 graduate students. QPGSA is committed to develop a sense of community among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, intersexed, and allied members of Northwestern’s graduate student community. Contact: