Tyler students are engaged in a variety of student organizations and community service activities. The block on the right links to the more than 300 student organizations at Temple, including a number of Tyler student organizations.
Students who engage in leadership opportunities and active participation in student organizations often have the edge when it comes to scholarships, jobs or other opportunities.
Why should you join a Student Organization?
Being a college student is hard. Many Tyler students, especially, find that they are devoting all their time to school work, and there seems to be so little time for anything else. But it’s important to develop yourself beyond what you are learning in your major at Tyler, and develop networking and leadership skills as well. This is where joining a Student Organization becomes an important step on your path to a career and a healthy and productive life after you graduate.
Being part of a student organization will really give you a leg up when you’re looking for your first job after college. Employers really do see participating in extracurricular activities as important! There are many benefits to joining:
- You will develop a network of friends and acquaintances who you can draw upon to meet others. A well-developed network is probably the best way to find your first job and then advance within your field of study. Start now to build and nurture a network of people you will be able to rely on for the rest of your life!
- You will learn to work with people from different backgrounds and maybe even different countries. You may learn even more if you are on the executive board. You learn to balance education and organizational work focusing on your goals.
- If you become part of the executive committee of your organization, you will learn what it takes to be a leader. Temples Student Activities offers leadership training to leaders in recognized student organizations to help develop your leadership skills.
- You will gain the organization and management skills that employers are looking for in new students: how to finance a project, how to market an event, how to work as a team, how to handle multiple responsibilities. Employers look much more favorably on students who are part of student organizations, especially those who take on a leadership roll.
- In many groups, you will give back. Most student groups provide service to the school, university or community. Besides providing whatever service this provides, giving back gives you a good feeling of helping others. It can also give you a leg up when applying for scholarships and awards.
- Finally, you will make friends! It’s important to remember that life is not just about your career and making money. It is about building friendships and having fun. You get a chance to meet people and build good friendships. You will be part of the social activities and will have so much fun.
Temple has over 300 student groups listed on OwlConnect at Temple university linking student with diverse interests such as acapella singing, ballroom dancing, snowboarding, or baking, as well as ethnic and religious affinity groups. There is something for everyone, and students who don't find a group to their liking may start their own. Several of these group are of particular interest to Tyler students:
- AB/BA - Art of Business/Business of Art
- AHGO - Art History Graduate Organization
- AIAS + FBD - American Institute of Architecture Students and Freedom by Design
- The Architecture Lobby - an organization of architecture workers and students advocating for the value of architecture in the general public and for the architectural work within the discipline. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- BRIC - Building Relationships in Communities
- GAC - Graduate Arts Community
- LAHA - Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Association
- NOMAS - National Organization of Minority Architecture Students
- PAX - Pi Alpha Xi Horticulture National Honor Society, Temple University
- SLA - Sigma Lambda Alpha, Landscape Architecture International Honor Society
- TCC - Tyler Ceramics Collective
- TCG - Temple Community Garden
- TSPO - Temple Student Planning Organization
- TUFMA - Temple University Facilities Management Association
- TU-SER - Temple University Society for Ecological Restoration Student Association
- Tyler Fibers & Materials Studies Guild
- Tyler Glass Guild
- Tyler Printmaking Guild
You can also consider joining the Tyler Dean's Student Advisory Committee. This student committee, under the mentorship of Assistant Director for Student Life Kari Scott, creates events and activities to enhance the life of students at Tyler, within Temple and in the near community. This group organizes annual crafting events for the University, the annual Carnival and special events like the Gender Ball fundraiser for the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Scholarship and TUArts Fest, a weeklong celebration of the arts at Temple. Interested in learning more? Just contact Kari Scott at email@example.com or Miranda Westrick, Professional Programs Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org