Getting Involved

What does it mean to “get involved” on campus?

Getting involved is an awesome way to meet other people, develop your leadership skills, and learn more about the world around you. This may mean more than you think, and the answer is as unique as the individual! Temple offers many opportunities for involvement through a wide range of activities, including:

  • more than 350+ student organizations and campus programs
  • academic honoraries
  • religious services and organizations
  • student government
  • social fraternities and sororities
  • club sports
  • intramurals
  • on-campus employment
  • residence hall activities
  • volunteerism and service learning
  • student media
  • performing arts
  • entertainment…and much more!

Why should I get involved on campus?

When you get involved in student activities, you have the opportunity to:

  • develop leadership skills
  • become connected to Temple and Philadelphia, PA (feeling a sense of “place”)
  • make a difference on and off campus
  • gain a sense of achievement
  • make new friends
  • enjoy a variety of experiences
  • impress potential employers and graduate schools
  • have fun!

How do I get involved?

You can begin by asking yourself the following questions:

  • What are my current areas of interest?
  • What is important to me?
  • What are my passions?
  • Where can I best contribute my skills and talents?
  • What am I looking to gain from this experience?
  • What activity best fits my schedule and availability?
  • What would I like to do during my college experience? 

Remember that most student organizations are actively seeking new members and are very eager to explain their activities and purpose! Search through our options on OWL Connect to find out what is the best fit for you!

How much is enough?

Only YOU can answer this question. Here are a few helpful things to remember:

  • Your first priority is academics (classes, projects, and assignments).
  • Your activities should complement what you are doing in the classroom, not compete with them. 
  • You should be having fun.
  • You should be learning! If you aren’t having fun and learning, you might want to reconsider your commitments.
  • Don’t commit unless you’re sure you have the time to follow through.
  • Take your time. Be selective. Try to imagine how your activities will fit into your schedule and your life.
  • Be honest with yourself and others about how much you really can balance.