On campus, there are over 100 student organizations. I am personally a member of Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Advocating Global Health and Development, and an officer in Students for Environmental Action, Edible Allegheny Campus, and A5 (Association for Asian and Asian American Awareness). My friends say I'm crazy, but most people are a member of at least one or two clubs or teams. There is Greek life on campus (about 20ish%), but it is really open. I have a lot of friends who are Greek, even though I'm not. You also can't go Greek till second semester of your freshman year, which ensures that you make friends with people in your clubs, classes, and hallway. There are parties on the weekends, but Allegheny is by no means a big party school. A lot of students participate in late night events on Friday and Saturday nights which range from tie-dying to make your own sushi. Gator Activity Programming brings in a lot of bands, comedians, dance groups, and even magicians for entertainment on campus. They also plan the big events like Wingfest, Homecoming, and Springfest.
Allegheny students are involved in anything and everything. If there isn't something you want, students make their own groups all the time. Student government (ASG) and Gator Activity Programing (GAP) are dominant. My theory is since we have a strong poly sci department, alot of those kids get involved in these types of activities. We have Greeklife as well, but it is as much as you want to make it. There are some guys and girls who are really into it, others that although are in, do not do much for it, and further others who are not in it and want nothing to do with it. If you want to do it, you are more then welcome to, but there is no overall social pressure to accept or decline your bid. The school does a good job announcing many non-alcoholic activities as well. There is always something happening at the campus center on weekends and some weeknights as well. These activities range from music department concerts, arts and crafts, comedians, movies and most recently make your own sushi bars and paintball!
Allegheny has so much to offer, it is almost dizzying. There is a club or organization for pretty much anything a student could be interested in. There is community service, clubs for academics, athletics, and political groups. If I am awake at 2am on a Tuesday night, I am most likely studying or working on homework. Weekends are typically for activities, but there is always some type of event going on throughout the week. Fraternities and sororities are important for a lot of people at Allegheny. If drinking is not your cup of tea, Allegheny has Late Night Programs which are events that occur late at night on the weekends. Off campus, there is not too much to do, but that is because I have lived in this area all my life. You can go check out a movie, go out to eat, shop in Erie, Pa or at the Grove City outlets. There are some great nature trails around, also.
People support a the sports teams a lot because you always know at least one person on each team. Gator Activities Programming (GAP), Allegheny Student Government (ASG), and intramurals are probably the other most popular groups. There is always something going on on campus- you are never bored- whether it is a comedian, a student production, a sporting event, or other events. The one dining hall also stays open pretty late so that is a popular hang out. There are usually parties every weekend somewhere- you just might have to go hunt them out to find them. There are several local bars that are fun (once you are 21!!) Every year, homecoming and Springfest (annual spring party on campus) are the two most popular events.
Greek life is probably the biggest presence on campus. There is also a lot of involvement in sports, both varsity and intramural. The drama department puts on three shows a year and there are also various student directed works throughout the fall and spring. A lot of the students here do go out to parties on the weekend, but there is nearly always an event in the campus center on saturday nights for students that don't want to drink. There are so many organizations here that it is very easy to get over-involved, this is the most common complaint I have heard about student life.
Most, if not all Allegheny students are involved in more than a few student organizations. The most popular student organizations are Allegheny Student Government, Gator Activities Programming, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, traditional greek life, and sports teams, both intramural and varsity.
Allegheny has a huge variety of on campus organizations and activities. I wouldn't say one is more popular than another. I do know that Orchesis (a dance production) contains the most students every year. I am personally involved in a lot of music oriented activities and love them all.
Students of Allegheny are involved in a variety of things. No student on this campus is not involved with at least two activities outside of class. There is a club fair held every fall semester where students are able to sign up for clubs on and off campus.