University of Missouri-Columbia Top Questions

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Taylor

Sororities and Fraternities are very popular groups to join and the most popular activity is Mizzou After Dark where you do arts and crafts, play games, and just have fun.

Joseph

I cant answer this very accurately because I feel like there are so many activities and clubs that many students partake in.

Kelsie

Greek Life, Rec Sports, LBGT, Religious organizations, Club Sports, Sports in general, Nursing/ Medical Fraternities, Business fraternities, service fraternities. If I'm awake at 2am on a tuesday I'm working on my evolutionary medicine essay on cancer.

Chelsea

There is no shortage of student groups on the University of Missouri's Campus. With over 500 organizations, there is something for everyone. If I had to choose which student groups were most popular by number I would say it was a tie between Greek fraternities and sororities and academic groups and clubs. But there really is a huge variety, besides those two types. For instance, I looked into joining the Scuba Diving Club (unfortunately I have been too busy!) One group I am involved with is Pi Lambda Theta, an academic honors society for education students. This organization (and others like it) offer great professional development and networking opportunities. I also learn about things in education, like new classroom management strategies and how to create a polished resume. Another way to meet people, besides organizations, is in the dorm rooms. My closest friends are people I met in the dorms my freshman and sophomore years. Mizzou has a very friendly dorm atmosphere - most people leave their doors open often. Besides being involved with organizations and dorm life, many people are really into Mizzou Athletics. Football and Basketball games are huge events, especially the Homecoming Weekend Football game. I personally attended all home football and basketball games this year! Go Tigers!

Chelsea

There is no shortage of student groups on the University of Missouri's Campus. With over 500 organizations, there is something for everyone. If I had to choose which student groups were most popular by number I would say it was a tie between Greek fraternities and sororities and academic groups and clubs. But there really is a huge variety, besides those two types. For instance, I looked into joining the Scuba Diving Club (unfortunately I have been too busy!) One group I am involved with is Pi Lambda Theta, an academic honors society for education students. This organization (and others like it) offer great professional development and networking opportunities. I also learn about things in education, like new classroom management strategies and how to create a polished resume. Another way to meet people, besides organizations, is in the dorm rooms. My closest friends are people I met in the dorms my freshman and sophomore years. Mizzou has a very friendly dorm atmosphere - most people leave their doors open often. Besides being involved with organizations and dorm life, many people are really into Mizzou Athletics. Football and Basketball games are huge events, especially the Homecoming Weekend Football game. I personally attended all home football and basketball games this year! Go Tigers!

Emily

Greek life is huge at Mizzou.

Julianne

Greek life is very popular at Mizzou. 33% of the University of Missouri is Greek, with 14 sororities and 30 fraternities. Greek life is very positive and gives a lot back to the community. With 600+ organizations and clubs, Greek life is not the only thing to become involved with. Athletic events are very popular at Mizzou, football and basketball are two of the most popular. You will meet some of your closest friends during freshman year where you bond over all new experiences and traditions. There are lots of extra things to do on the weekends that don't involve drinking, as I participate in most of them. Whether it be going downtown to get some ice cream or going to the movies, there are many safe environments that don't involve partying. If you are awake at 2am on a Tuesday, you are most likely doing homework with friends or grabbing a late night snack at the 24-7 market on campus!

Allison

We have over 500 clubs! That's right, five hundred clubs. Plus more. If you somehow can't find a club you are interested in, then you can go ahead and start one up! The big thing that unites most of campus is athletics, football and basketball being the big ones. Tailgating for those events (especially football) can start early in the mornings and go way into the evenings. For those who aren't interested in sports, there's guest speakers, local theater productions, concerts, club events, fraternity and sorority events, and a downtown scene that has something for everyone. If you're awake at a 2AM on a Tuesday, you can head down to the late night diner and grab a bite to eat - it's only a five minute walk from campus. If you aren't hungry and don't want to drink, Mizzou has that covered with Mizzou After Dark! There's a wide range of activities at After Dark from face painting to costume contests to dance parties. Throughout the semester, they'll show recently released movies at Memorial Union or, if it's warm enough, outside on Lowry Mall. It's incredibly easy to find something to do here when you're bored; you just have to walk outside!

Kelsey

There are groups for just about any and everything you could think of on campus. Greek life is extremely popular at Mizzou, so I would consider fraternities and sororities to have the largest student body involvement. That being said, just because you are in a fraternity or sorority doesn't mean you cannot be involved in other groups as well. Each college within the university has their own student council organization which is a great way to get further involved in your major. Intramural sports teams are also very popular and are a great way to have fun with your friends or to meet new people.

Kelsey

There are groups for just about any and everything you could think of on campus. Greek life is extremely popular at Mizzou, so I would consider fraternities and sororities to have the largest student body involvement. That being said, just because you are in a fraternity or sorority doesn't mean you cannot be involved in other groups as well. Each college within the university has their own student council organization which is a great way to get further involved in your major. Intramural sports teams are also very popular and are a great way to have fun with your friends or to meet new people.

Kelsey

There are groups for just about any and everything you could think of on campus. Greek life is extremely popular at Mizzou, so I would consider fraternities and sororities to have the largest student body involvement. That being said, just because you are in a fraternity or sorority doesn't mean you cannot be involved in other groups as well. Each college within the university has their own student council organization which is a great way to get further involved in your major. Intramural sports teams are also very popular and are a great way to have fun with your friends or to meet new people.

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Andrea

The most popular groups on campus are the ones that are Greek affiliated. They are expensive though, so I suggest finding other organizations. There are a lot of service organizations, such as Mizzou United Way. The Student Center has the offices of the Wellness Center and the Women's Center. The Wellness Center educates students on drugs and alcohol. The Women's Center holds many events that empower women. Students can make friends without joining an organization. In most of the dorms, students leave their doors open and hang out with others on the floor. The floor lounges are usually filled with people. One tradition that makes you closer to those in your dorm is Homecoming. Each dorm had to make a float for the annual Homecoming Parade. Mizzou is also right next to Downtown Columbia, which has so many interesting shops and restaurants. It is always fun to walk downtown and see what you encounter.

Kaitlyn

Starting answering!Student in the dorms do leave their doors open. There also is a lot of school spirit so the athletic events are always sold out. if im awake at 2am then im usually laying in bed watching tv on a tuesday night. it seems like people are always parting every night.

Shafi

MSA is basically Mizzou's student council in charge of funneling a budget of $1,000,000. That goes to bringing speakers on campus, different events for all student groups which fall under MSA (most undergrad organizations), and setting up concerts. Getting involved in MSA is pretty easy and there's a spot in the different clubs for everyone.

Shafi

MSA is basically Mizzou's student council in charge of funneling a budget of $1,000,000. That goes to bringing speakers on campus, different events for all student groups which fall under MSA (most undergrad organizations), and setting up concerts. Getting involved in MSA is pretty easy and there's a spot in the different clubs for everyone.

Shafi

MSA is basically Mizzou's student council in charge of funneling a budget of $1,000,000. That goes to bringing speakers on campus, different events for all student groups which fall under MSA (most undergrad organizations), and setting up concerts. Getting involved in MSA is pretty easy and there's a spot in the different clubs for everyone.

Tessa

Athletics are extremely popular at Mizzou. On game days the stands are packed out and if you're not at the game, you're watching the game with a group of friends elsewhere. Also, many of the students like to get involved in club sports and intramurals. It's a great way to stay active and make friends! Also, homecoming was founded at Mizzou so every year the celebration is huge. Alumni from all over come back to Columbia to take part in all traditions. With the town fully decorated, the whole community takes part in the parade and prepares for the big game. Greek life is huge at Mizzou and a lot of people really love being a part of fraternities and sororities. However, those that aren't Greek still have a blast.. The students here are like most college students-- ready to have a good time. On the weekends you'll find the bars and restaurants downtown flooded with friends.

Connor

The most popular teams on campus are the football and basketball teams. They rule the sports throughout school and get the most attendance every game. I'm involved in smaller things like student government and my hall newspaper. My dorm is rather new, and is built like a hotel and has private bathrooms. Many students within my hall do not have there doors open. Athletic events such as football and basketball are extremely popular throughout the entire school whether you enjoy sports or not. The dating scene is really cool, there are many opportunities to meet girls. My closet friends are my three roommates, but my other friends I met through class. Most tuesday nights at 2am I'm asleep because I have an early class the next morning. The big tradition that happens each year is homecoming. It's an event before one of the football games where the whole town and alumni really come together with the students and have a great time. People around here party a good amount, but it's entirely up to you if you want to or not. Frats and Sororities are important to some and nothing special to others. It depends how you view the entire greek lifestyle. Last weekend, I worked out a lot, played a good amount of basketball, swam in the lap pool, and hung out with some friends. There are many activities that do not involve alcohol on a saturday night. The rec is a good place to play some basketball with friends. Another activity is coming into downtown and getting some food at the many thriving local restaurants. I really don't do much off campus because I don't have a car here. Bu the only time I do is to go to Shakespeare Pizza or Buffalo Wild Wings to get some good food and get away from campus dining.

Kristyn

I would say that the most popular organizations on campus are the sororities and fraternities. A lot of students are involved in these but the majority are not. Other clubs and organizations put on a lot of events around campus but I couldn't really recall their names. I am involved with Magazine Club. This is a club for magazine journalism majors who want to improve their resume and start networking to find a job early. In the dorms, students typically do not leave their doors open but that does not mean that there are not people who do leave their's open. It's really hard to say. Athletic events are a MAJOR part of Mizzou. Football is the most popular sporting event, then basketball right behind it. These sports actually cost a lot of money for tickets. All other sporting events are free. Guest speakers are very common. They have had a lot already in the first semester and they are actually very prestigious and famous people who I have really enjoyed hearing and learning from. I met my best friend at the Midnight Barbecue at the very beginning of the year. She also lived across the hall from me, but the night of the barbecue is when we became close. Now she is my roommate and I'm sure a life long friend. At 2 am on a Tuesday, I'm usually awake. Usually I'm either studying, watching TV, or on the computer listening to music. As far as partying goes, there's a lot of it. There's a party pretty much any night you want to go to a party, weekend or weekday, it doesn't matter. There a lots of things you can do without drinking at Mizzou. You can go downtown to a club and just dance, or you can even go to a party and just meet people and dance without drinking. There's really never a dull moment and I can promise you, you won't be bored at Mizzou.

Shivan

The Greek system and intramural sports are big time organizations, however you don't have to be involved in these organizations/teams to have a good rewarding time at Mizzou. I am a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. For me the Greek system was a very rewarding experience. I got to hold leadership positions and befriend those of similar interests. There are many organizations, 200+ in fact. There will be opportunities to meet people of similar interests if you join one of these clubs. Dorms have changed since I was a freshman. There is no such thing as a crappy dorm anymore. They are all renovated or new. So nice. However, "the leave your door open thing" that you see in movies is not as prevalent as it was 3 years ago. Though according to some underclassman it does exist. Who cares, meet your neighbors, knock. Its easy. Mizzou athletics is awesome. Our basketball team is only getting better and our football team has always been decent. We joined the SEC, so things are looking up. Other sports are not very popular among students. Mizzou's greatest tradition: Our homecoming. We invented homecoming. This is true, we do it more extravagant than any other college. If you are Greek Homecoming Fling is the most fun and unique experiences. No other college does it like we do. For the guys, Yes the women at Mizzou are very good looking, hot, fine, whatever you want to call them. If you live in the dorms, they are coed. Awesome. If you are in a Fraternity, meeting girls is even easier. Lets say you don't drink much and don't really want to. Go see a movie on a saturday night??!! Wrong decision. Go out. Party. Drinking is not a requirement. Socialize without alcohol. Some of my fraternity brothers don't drink; they are having the time of their lives.

Sam

Greek life is HUGE. You think you'll be able to do without it, but everyone I know who has doubted the system ends up rushing anyways. Greek life has a very strong tradition, and most activities- even those non-Greek- are predominately supported and attended by Greeks. Greek life hosts philanthropies, seminars and school pride events open to all students. I've enjoyed my time in Greek life immensely. I've been able to volunteer and donate to charities as well as make friends and enjoy the social aspect sororities and fraternities have to offer. I have heard from some of my male friends that the social life of a non-Greek male is often lacking compared to their Greek counterpart. Mizzou is predominantly a bar school with an underage nightlife scene comprising of fraternity parties making it difficult for underclassmen non-Greeks to engage socially.

Haris

It is very difficult to say what the most popular student activities are, because there are just so many. Mizzou has over 500 student organizations, with new ones being formed every semester. While this sounds exaggerated, it is very true. Being involved is a huge part of being a college student and Mizzou offers thousands of opportunities for involvement. Athletic events are the most frequented. Tiger pride is hard to suppress. Not one game will be void of black and gold banners and a black and gold-clad crowd. Student sports, such as intramural soccer and basketball are also popular. Of course, there is much more to do than just watch sports. There are productions at the Rhyn, a local theater, that play very often. Free movies play every weekend and several nights a week. The hundreds of student organizations always have something interesting going on. Luckily there is a handy website available to all students that actually lists all the activities on a given night at Mizzou. From concerts at the Blue Note, to sales at Dreamcatcher, to Chipotle coupons, student government makes sure students are aware of possible involvement opportunities. Volunteering is also a popular choice among Tigers. I volunteer at a local therapeutic riding center for children with special needs, along with re-stacking books at Ellis Library. For those interested in Greek life, Mizzou is perfect. There are dozens of fraternities and sororities that each have a different purpose and goal. Greek life is a major component of Mizzou life, but no one should feel obligated to join. Frats and sororities are for some people and not for others. My roommate and the rest of the guys on my floor are in the same frat; I spend much of time with them, including partying at their frat, however I'm not in it. So even if all of your friends are Greek, you don't have to be. It's the same way for partying. Partying is very big at Mizzou. The majority of students party and love to party. I love to party. Nevertheless, everything should be taken in moderation. My friends and I party a few times a week, not every night like many people assume. College life isn't as stereotypical as it seems, and Mizzou isn't a typical large university. There are many alternatives to partying. There are late night movies, shows and plays always happening. The rec center is open until 11. That nifty website generally provides 3 or 4 alternatives to partying every night. If nothing too intriguing is on though, Downtown Columbia is only minutes away. It's a short walk from campus and is full of shops, stores, boutiques, restaurants, bars, or if you're like me, tattoo parlors. There are 4 tattoo parlors in downtown, and each one is stocked with talented artists. One of those artists planted a beautiful mermaid on my inner arm. Looking for quality tattoos? Mizzou's the right place for you. Besides downtown, there's always the natural beauty of Columbia. I spend many weekends running, mountain biking, skateboarding, trail running, hiking, swimming, and fishing. It's the middle of Missouri, the middle of the country; it's stunning.

Breanna

On Mizzou's campus, Greek life is pretty popular. But there are tons of people for non-Greek students too! The main thing that really brings us all together is sports--mainly football and basketball.

Miles

The most popular groups are Greek fraternities and fraternities for departments like the business frat or engineering frat. I am in a Greek frat. Its a great way to make a lot of friends and establish some diverse connections in many geographic and demographic regions. Students in dorms do leave their doors open. Athletic events are very popular at my school. Barack Obama was also a huge attraction at my school. Theater, not so much. The dating scene at my school is largely occupied by the bar scene. Dating meaning who you meet up with and go home from the bar with. I met my closest friends from my fraternity If I am awake at 2am on a Tuesday I'm probably high, watching tv, and eating pizza. Homecoming is the biggest tradition at my school and was invented at my school. We have a humongous parade and blood drive. The whole community gets involved. People party a lot a my school. I would say the average person goes out 2-4 times a week. Fraternities and Sororities are important at my school. A large portion of the student body belong to them and they do a lot for the community. Last weekend I worked and went to the bar one night. On a Saturday night you could go workout, go see a movie, or go bowling. Off campus I work and shop.

Kristen

I don't know that I could say one group or activity is the most popular! So many people have so many different interests that activities are really spread out! I am involved in a business fraternity and I love it. It was a great way to meet people with my same major and get involved with the community. There are all sorts of professional fraternities for all majors! And of course there are organizations that aren't based on academics- Mizzou has a recreational wake-boarding team! Lots of people at Mizzou party, if you want to go out there is always something going on. But if you don't want to go to a party or bar, there are plenty of other things to do, too! I believe that 25% of students are involved in greek life! I am not in a sorority, but I am still friends with several girls who are. It's really not as "segregated" as movies and TV make it out to be!

Paul

With the opening of the new student center, a lot more organizations have a home base, and so more activities are going on all the time. There are events like Mizzou After Dark that offer alternatives to “typical college fun” with free food, music, and making things. There are school sponsored concerts and talks featuring popular artists every semester. My favorite so far was hip-hop artist Common and hilarious author David Sedaris. These are great for going to with friends to break up the stress of school, and it gives you the chance to meet people with similar extracurricular interests. I participated in several groups, including French club, Russian club, Photo club, Student and Auxiliary services, Alternative Spring Break, and a few others. My favorite by far was Sustain Mizzou, which promotes sustainable practices on campus. They planned outdoor excursions in addition to more traditional “table sitting” as a way to promote their goals. They were very inclusive and friendly, not at all exclusive like some fraternity organizations can be. There were both extremely motivated activists who would dumpster dive in the name of sustainability and people who are just mindful to recycle and turn off the lights. There are tons of groups like this that are small enough to make friends through but large enough to make an impact on campus. For example, Sustain Mizzou’s recycling initiatives was able to put recycling bins at many locations on campus.

Taylor

There are over 500 student organizations on campus. If there is anything at all you're interested in, you can definitely find it here. Mizzou is what you make it, so definitely look at what we offer and what you can potentially get involved in before you come! I'm involved in Greek Life, Natural Resources Mentor Program, The Craft Studio, Greeks Going Green/Sustain Mizzou and a lot more! There is literally always something you can do on any given day.

Maddie

Like it or not, Greek life is alive and loud on campus. However, it's easy to avoid if you want to. And there are certainly plenty of alternatives. There are lots of campus organized activities - notable speakers (Kathy Griffin to Maya Angelou), comedy shows, live bands, free/ $1 movies, spa nights, international festivals etc. Most events are free or very affordable to students. Student newspaper is huge and there seem to be 600 christian groups (in all varieties)...though that's just a rough estimate. Personally, I tried out probably 15 clubs freshman year before I landed where I belonged. It required a little perseverance because the clubs are poorly advertised - though we do have a semi-annual activities mart. I met my closest friends from my freshman dorm and the dance clubs I belong to. Social clubs like these are wonderful because you meet students, but they also organize events in the community and in surrounding cities. Not to mention...clubs are the main source of meeting people, hearing about parties, and (quite frankly) hooking up and/or falling in love.

Erin

The Mizzou Greek system is one of the largest sources of charity I have ever seen. We have one of the largest blood drives in the country, organize countless food drives and other service events, and support countless individual philanthropies. Anyone that believes all Greeks party all day and don't care about their classes should stop watching "Animal House" and take a look at how much money, awareness and service hours Mizzou Greek students have raised in the past year alone. At the same time, I am in a sorority and many of my close friends are non-Greeks. While being Greek is a very enriching part of my life and a large population on Mizzou's campus, it is not essential. Another amazing experience at Mizzou is the numerous football games. We have one of the most amazing fan bases I have ever been involved in. People sit in the rain and snow to cheer on the Tigers every Fall semester. This past October we had our 100th Homecoming and Columbia was bursting at the seams. Families came from all over the country to witness the historical event and I was so glad I'm a student this year. No matter what the teams' record, current and past Tigers hold that team close our hearts and will always root for a Tiger win.

Erin

The Mizzou Greek system is one of the largest sources of charity I have ever seen. We have one of the largest blood drives in the country, organize countless food drives and other service events, and support countless individual philanthropies. Anyone that believes all Greeks party all day and don't care about their classes should stop watching "Animal House" and take a look at how much money, awareness and service hours Mizzou Greek students have raised in the past year alone. At the same time, I am in a sorority and many of my close friends are non-Greeks. While being Greek is a very enriching part of my life and a large population on Mizzou's campus, it is not essential. Another amazing experience at Mizzou is the numerous football games. We have one of the most amazing fan bases I have ever been involved in. People sit in the rain and snow to cheer on the Tigers every Fall semester. No matter what the teams' record, current and past Tigers hold that team close our hearts and will always root for a Tiger win.

Jordan

Mizzou has a strong greek system that I am proud to be a part of but many greeks are involved outside their chapters as well. There sometimes seems to be a line between greek and non-greek students, but if you get involved around campus your opinion will change about the group oppositie of yourself. There are hundreds of clubs to become a part of, and if there isn't something you're interested in it is easy to start a club on your own. Sporting events are enjoyed by all types of students, the atmosphere is amazing! As with any college campus alcohol is readily available, but that does not always come with pressure of drinking. It is up to you what you want to do with your weekend, whether that includes drinking or not you will always have something to do.

Melissa

Plenty of social opportunities, from seeing a movie at the RagTag Cinemacafe, to going to a party or hitting the bars, to ping pong at the International Church on University.

David

The most popular groups are the intramural sports on campus. Greek life is an event in itself. Its a very structure way to meet people and party. The dance clubs are robust and lively. The hipster culture is definitely represented. I was in the ballroom, debate, and latin dance club. My most fun is in Latin Dance Club. The Blue Fugue and Spanish Fly were hot places to dance and my best memories were at the Blue Fugue. Dorm room doors are open, but the newer buildings are designed like apartments. It makes hard to meet people in those new ones. Football and basketball games are of the Mizzou culture. Its very popular. Guest speakers do come out and speak. For example when I was there I got a chance to see Brad Pitt present Up the River during the 2004 Presidential Election. The dating scene is high school times 20,000. There is opportunities to meet, but a common frustration is the Greek Life provides exclusive access to them. Outside of greek life, its a bit of learning to cultivate skills to meet people, build confidence through hobbies and groups, and declare your "major" when you interested in somebody. All my closest friends are from my college dorm and my Mexico study aboard experience. I am doing a paper or coming home from work on Tuesday 2:00 am moment. Every year is there is the Big Free. Its big free concert for everyone. it's one of the better events. I saw Jurassic 5 last time. People party often. Business majors typically do not have classes on Fridays. So their weekend starts on Thursday night. East campus, the residential area adjutant to the campus, has parties all across the area. Bear Field, Jefferson Commons, and Clark Ave, are the common party scenes. Frats and Sororities are important, but are not the necessary. Dorms provide the structure for people to meet, then there are hobbies, and finally, xbox live. Saturday nights without drinking met dancing (latin), movies, craft/massage/arts night. Mizzou at night was another, it's activities for non-drinking crowd, like at the Rec Center, Redbull may do a obstacle course event. Off campus I go to the Artisan, a coffee house for coffee and talking, mojos for local music, blue fugue for dancing, and the Diner for the Stretch, eggs, hasbrowns, onions and peppers.

Dan

Dorms are leaning away from the traditional tenement-like, two-to-a-room-with-a-community-bathroom-type dorm, and more towards the extravagant suite style, single bedroom dorms. This will no doubt lead to less socializing in dorms but I suppose could be "nicer" (if that's your sort of thing). Many students leave the campus/downtown area to move into homes that resemble suburbs, and inevitably drive to school so they can complain to their friends about the lack of ample parking near campus (that's true). Greek life exists, it is an easy access pass to involvement at MU if you want it. Most people are not involved in Greek Life and it does not feel like you have to be Greek to be involved. Many student leaders are not Greek, and many Greeks do not fit stereotypical molds of what one expects (though of course some do). Finding friends and partners depends on your style. Some happen in class, others in activities, and some at bars. With a list of the bars one frequents, an idea of who you are will emerge. Some of my favorites were Addison's, Booches, and Columbia's best dive, Snapper's. There is a very active bar scene on the weekend and it is wonderful. Mizzou is definitely a beer school where it's most popular sports are flip-cup and beer pong. If drinking is not your thing or your legal age, there is Mizzou After Dark which has different activities, free games, free food and beverages. There is also a twice a week film series where movies are shown for free or 1 dollar at Memorial Union. There is a great independent theatre downtown called Ragtag Cinema Cafe. Columbia hosts a couple of festivals during the academic year including "Roots and Blues Festival", 9th St. Summerfest (free outdoor concerts), Twilight Thursdays, and one of the best Earth Day festivals there is. Perhaps the best thing I have not listed that many at MU applaud is the Rec Center. Olympic sized swimming pool (Michael Phelps beat a world record there in 2007 at some qualifying event) and diving pool, 8 basketball courts, 4 racquetball courts, free weight room and machine weight room, plenty of cardio machines with personal tv's and some with dvd players too, and an outdoor pool where plenty go in the late spring and early fall to flirt and suntan.

Rachel

Students participate in evening intramural sports in the spring at Stankowski Field.

Jordan

I don't know that Mizzou has a certain set of most popular groups/organizations/clubs/teams. Mizzou Spirit (football, basketball, etc.) and True Tiger (student alumni association). Greek Life is also prominent. Students tend to leave their residence halls doors open unless they are doors which automatically shut. Athletics events are very popular, especially football. Basketball is somewhat well attended. Volleyball and baseball are also popular. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are clearly sanctioned party nights, with Wednesday being somewhat ambiguous. Greek Life is significant, but not indispensable.

Alisha

The most popular groups on campus are usually the Greek community and sports teams (mainly football and basketball)! I am in a sorority so that keeps me busy. I'm volunteering my time always to do something whether it be for the community, campus, or for other organizations! When I lived in the dorms (Graham) we left our door open quite often as did many of the other students. However, I don't think as many people leave their doors open anymore! Athletic events are HUGE here! Football and basketball games are always crowded for the most part...its basically a big socal gathering! I feel sports are something that brings a diverse group of people out compared to theatre and guest speakers which are usually focused on a specific group of people! Dating is also huge here! Many people come in with a boyfriend/girlfriend and end up breaking up b/c of long distance or they have a larger selection to choose from here! Many don't come in with b/f or g/f because they know there's a larger selection! Many people date on campus and end up dating a variety of people while here! Some even end up finding the person they are going to marry while in college! I have met my best friend in college as well as my boyfriend! I met my best friend in the Nursing community last year and we just hit it off! Both of our roommates moved away after last year, which gave us a chance to become even closer to which we found out we have a lot of things in common! People are always partying it seems like! Most of the time people "hang out" Thurs.-Sat. evenings! If I leave campus I usually go out to eat, go to the movies, or go to the mall! I feel that fraternities/sororties can be very important to those who participate in them! I agree that they are not for everyone, but some people definitely benefit from being in them! Many make friends they never would have if they didn't join or they gain experiences they might not have otherwise!

Robin

The Greek system is very popular. Students that live in dorms will open their doors if they don't live in suites. Again, it all depends on the people though. Athletic events are popular. We get the occasional good guest speaker. The dating scene is the typical college dating scene. Traditions...football season, homecoming, E week. I went to a movie, to the Berg, to a club, and to the library (woo hoo). The university provides a lot of alternatives to go out and drinking on the weekend. Movies, performances.

Alix

I am not involved with any groups or organizations, but the ones i see the most would be fraternities and sororities. people in band or football. Things like that.

Erika

Mizzou has everything. Everyone goes to football games, and everyone has a lot of pride in being a tiger. There's also always stuff going on. Jesse Hall has fine arts events, as does the theatre department on a regular basis. The dorms were pretty open, but as a lot of dorms have FIGS or a lot of greek life, it may be harder to be close to people if you dont' spend that time with them too. The Commons has a bowling alley and there's always sponsored things going on the weekends. The City of Columbia events are very accessible for students as well, with campus located adjacent to down town.

Jesse

Students in dorms leave there doors open if they live in the older buildings. the newer buildings prevent students from doing so. there is endless possibillites of things to get into around Columbia. Last weekend, I went to the true/ false film festival.

Alex

I went to the City Museum and the Zoo in St. Louis last weekend. I think everybody needs to go to the City Museum, it is the happiest place on earth! I think there are TONS of stuff on campus that you can do on the weekend without drinking. I often go on photoventures on campus and just have fun exploring places that you usually wouldn't go during the day, and see things that you usually wouldn't see. The campus is pretty open at night, and really exciting! Off campus there are a lot of unexpected things to do. There are a whole bunch of parks to explore, the cities offer some pretty fun activities and Columbia has a lot of cool things going on all the time. The T/F festival is always really exciting, and there are so many more things to do that it would blow your head off! The music scene is really amazing here as well.

Bhoag

When I lived in the dorms last year I felt like everyone was really open about meeting new people. It is because of that open experience that I was able to meet some really awesome friends that I enjoy hanging out with.

Charlie

Frats and Sororities for sure. No competition I'm not involved in any groups. I have a lot of friends in lots of groups but I dont partake in any of it. Most students in the dorms tend to leave their doors open, sometimes when no ones home. Most people came to a big school to meet lots of new people so you wont find many people in the dorms being seclusionalistic. I think I made that word up. Mizzou football games are the biggest display of pride and popularity I've ever attended. The mens basketball games are pretty popular as well. The mizzou dating scene is a great one. I've met a lot of people at mizzou who have turned into girlfriends of mine. A date with a girl downtown is fun because theres always a lot going on and there's a lot of variety as far as finding somewhere new to go. I met my closest friends in my dorm. I'm living with a guy off campus who lived down the hall from me last year. If I'm awake at 2am on a tuesday I'm out of my mind. I have a class in 6 hours and I must be pissed I'm still up. I party a lot but rarely on school nights. I work hard to play hard, but not that hard. Big traditions and events are all the MU-KU sports events. Those are always bound to draw a few thousand people year after year. Mizzou students party A LOT. I see people go out every night of the week! its insane, I love it. I dont find fraternities or sororities all that important. I know its a great way to meet new people and develop lifelong friendships with a bunch of good people but I'd rather just not get myself involved. I'm sure to the people in them that their frat/sorority is their #1 priority, but to me, nah. Last weekend is a weekend I'd like to forget. I drank, a lot, and was a complete wreck. I hit on a lot of girls and got a lot of numbers, namely all over my arms, but yea, I wish I would've gotten some names with those numbers...:/ Wouldn't know! Off campus I enjoy biking, running and partying. its a good combo.

Kevin

-Greek groups are #1 for sure. -I am involved with KOMU and SigEp. -I don't live in the dorms, but when I did most people kept them closed because they automatically close without a prop. -Football is very popular and the others dwindle on down from there. -Guest speakers are very popular - the good ones at least. Theatre not so much. -The dating scene? I thought it was just hook-ups is the mentality. -Closest friends came from my major, my fraternity and dorm. -2am on Tuesday means studying. -Traditions include football games, homecoming, greek week, etc... -People party usually 2-4 days a week. -Greek life is almost too important. -This weekend I worked during the days and partied by the night. -Not many other options since Columbia is a big college town and kind of small. -Off campus includes eating out, and parties.

Allison

Let me drop some knoweldge on you: the dorms are terrible. Everyone's dorms in every school in the country are various levels of terrible. At Mizzou, you're only required to spend one year in them (if you don't have a Greek affliation). This is a good thing. When I was there several dorms did not have air conditioning. Tour guides will lie to your face when they say you really don't need them - you do. You live in Missouri. It stays hot until November. Don't fall for the lies. All that being said, I made my closest, dearest friends in the dorms. We were part of two FIGs (Freshman Interest Group) who lived in the now demolished Smith Hall (at Providence and Stadium, across from the Athletic Complex). The FIG allowed you to co-enroll in three different general education courses with people you'd also live with, and presumably, have some other things in common. I was in FIG 65 "Exploring Journalism". It seems like kind of a hoky thing, right? Living and going to class with strangers? Exploring Journalism? But let me tell you something - it worked. It personalized this giantic campus, gave me automatic people to talk to and brought me right out of my shell. Eight years from meeting those people, I'm still good friends with the majority of them, and keep in contact with some others I lived with. When I celebrated my 26th birthday two weeks ago, three of the six people who joined me for drinks were from my FIG. I've shared the last eight years of my life with these people and every day, I'm still amazed. We were the experiment that went terribly RIGHT. The way in which we bonded was exactly what the people who created the FIG program wanted it to happen. It made all the difference to me - without having my second family down there I wouldn't have stayed longer than that first year.

Ryan

Partying balls at Phi Delta Theta with their ice luge and a PVC beer bong is the way to go. I have never been so fucked up and had such a good time. Oh, and all the ladies are there so it's awesome.

Jesse

I love being in a sorority. It's the best way to meet people and party. But aside from partying and drinking, Greek life is good for so many different things. It provides you with the opportunity for leadership experiences. The Greek community does a ton for homecoming! They make floats, house decorations, and put on a show that's preformed at Jesse Hall. Greek life is the best thing at Mizzou. The guest speakers that come to Mizzou are great. On Valentine's day, Sex Talk Sue came and sold out Jesse Hall. She was great! I've also seen Broadway performances on campus. Last year, I went and saw Rent at Jesse Hall. It's safe to say, that people party ALL THE TIME! It's not uncommon for people to go out during the week. I know many people who go out 4-5 times a week! I met my closest friends through Greek life.

Dan

im not really involved with groups, the large groups just dont seem appealing, in my dorm people left their doors open (Gillett) last year but at the same time again with the newer dorms its completely opposite... id like to get into the guest speakers/concerts but never really have the time. Frats and soros are important for a certain type of person-- im not saying there all the same people i no some good people in each but for the most part you can spot them-- as for activities on sat night w/o drinking, play videogames, go to a concert, thers sometimes ufc fights at restaraunts... but overall it is a heavy drinking environment