The officially registered Rutgers University student organizations fall under several categories, each listed below with a detailed description.

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Organization Categories


Academic: An organization that encourages scholarly learning outside the classroom. It may or may not be related to a university academic program or affiliated with a non-university scholarly organization.

Business: An organization affiliated with the Rutgers University Business School.

Community Service: An organization that looks to benefit a community or organization through volunteer services.

Cultural: A racial, ethnic, or social group with a shared set of attitudes, customary beliefs, values, goals, and practices.

Engineering: An organization/society affiliated with the Rutgers University School of Engineering.

Environmental & Biological Sciences: An organization affiliated with the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences.

Honorary: An organization that seeks to recognize students who excel academically. Membership in the group is often based on GPA.

Leisure: An organization whose purpose is to provide freedom from time-consuming duties, responsibilities, or academics.

Mason Gross: An organization affiliated with The Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Media: An organization that exists in order to provide information related to their purpose through means of mass communication, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television.

Performing Arts: An organization that would perform in front of an audience in an artistic format such as dance, drama, and/or music.

Pharmacy: An organization affiliated with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

Philanthropic: An organization that looks to benefit a community or organization through charitable fundraising.

Religious: Organizations that have or show belief in and reverence for God or a deity and/or are upholding the principles of a particular religion.

Religious Cultural: An organization whose purpose is interwoven with both aspects of a Cultural and Religious Organization.

Social Action/Political: A Social Action student organization usually exists to encourage some sort of socioeconomic reform. A Political student organization relates to or deals with the structure or affairs of government, politics, or the state; and/or is influenced by partisan interests. These organizations may or may not overlap.

Special Interest: An organization affiliated with a Rutgers department.