Alternatives to Freshman Interest Groups

If a Freshman Interest Group is not for you, check out these opportunities for engagement at Mizzou.

MU Engage

Search more than 800 organizations, student services, fraternities & sororities, and more. Use keywords for your various interests under the All Groups section to learn more and join. Visit MU Engage >

Center for Student Involvement

Located on the upper level of the Student Center, the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is Mizzou’s hub for student organizations, where curiosity meets community and investigation becomes expertise.

Undergraduate Research

All Mizzou students can participate in research with a faculty mentor to begin building their careers in anything from science to art. The Office of Undergraduate Research can help you find and apply for undergraduate research opportunities.

Service Learning

Looking for engaging coursework? Try a Service Learning (SL) class for hands-on learning experiences. Learn more about your local community, make new connections, and tackle social inequalities firsthand. SL courses are usually recommended after your first semester, but ask your advisor or visit to learn more about some of the general education courses offered.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center on Lowry Mall is home to the Writing Center, Learning Center, Career Center, Discovery Center, Office of Service Learning, Office of First-Generation Initiatives, Center for Academic Success and Excellence, TRiO Student Success Services and more. Using these resources your freshman year can greatly improve your experience at Mizzou. Find out how the Student Success Center can help you.

Career Services

In addition to visiting the MU Career Center, get assistance from offices specific to your academic interests:

Funding and Support

Interest-Based Opportunities

Explore these recommendations specific to your interests:

Whether you’re interested in Animal Science, Natural Resources, Sports Management or Storm Chasers, check out the services, clubs and organizations offered by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR).

Animal Science 
  • PSYCH 2830 – Human Animal Companionship is offered in the Fall and Animal Science 2140 – Companion Animals is offered in the Spring. Both service learning courses allow students to venture out into the community and work directly with animal-focused nonprofits. Ask your advisor or visit to learn about the nonprofits you can serve with.
Storm Chasers  
Art , Design, and Art History

Try these searching these recommended organizations on MU Engage: Comedy Wars, Creative Writing Club, Fiber Arts Club, Missouri University Clay Klub (MUCK), Mizzou Architecture and Design Association. Find each club on their social media accounts and try out an event!

Film & Digital Storytelling  

Try these searching these recommended organizations on MU Engage: Digital Storytelling Club and MU Documentary Club. 

Check out this extensive list of business-related student organizations.

  • Search for the Association of Accounting Students on MU Engage and attend a meeting!
Economics & Social Problems  
  • Consider joining the University of Missouri Economics Society or Undergraduate Women in Economics. Learn more about these orgs on MU Engage.

Consider joining Kappa Delta Pi honor society for future teachers.

For those interested in Communications, consider joining Intercollegiate Communication Organization of Mizzou (iCOM) and Lambda Pi Eta.

  • Join the student-run org First-Gen Tigers, which provides community and support — including social events — for students who identify as the first in their family to pursue a four-year college degree.

MedOpp Advising Office provides pre-professional advising for pre-medical (allopathic and osteopathic), pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-podiatry, pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy, and pre-occupational therapy students at Mizzou.

Discovering Science: Biology  

Consider joining Beta Beta Beta — Biological Honors Society (search on MU Engage). 

Discovering Science: Biochemistry  

Consider joining The Biochemistry Club of the University of Missouri (search on MU Engage).

Health Sciences  

View an extensive list of health sciences-related student organizations.

Medical Careers, Pre-Medicine and Honors Pre-Medicine

Consider these joining these organizations: Pre-Medical Society, MU Pre-Medical Scholars, MU Future Physicians of America. View these orgs on MU Engage.


Explore nursing-related student clubs & organizations

  • Explore International Programs, from Study Abroad to Center for English Language Learning, Asian Affairs Center and more.  

Check out this an extensive list of journalism-related student clubs and organizations.

If you’re interested in Sports Journalism, consider Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) at Mizzou and Association for Women in Sports Media at Missouri.

For those interested in government and leadership, consider joining ASUM: Associated Students of the University of Missouri, Missouri Students Association (MSA), Residence Halls Association (RHA), University of Missouri Economics Society. Learn more about these orgs on MU Engage.

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