Student Government & Politics

In the city that hosted the Boston Tea Party, at the university whose most celebrated alumnus is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s not surprising that the currents of political activism run deep. Boston University offers lots of ways for you to get involved, whether you’re a born leader, want to play a role in student affairs or feel strongly about politics at the national level.

You can participate in student government at three levels:

Boston University Student Government, representing the interests of all undergraduates at BU, brings events and activities to campus. The Union includes representatives from school and college governments, Consortia (student groups) and Residence Hall Associations.

School and College Student Governments act as liaisons to the administration of each school in the interest of the student body. They organize activities including orientation programs, lectures, films and dances.

Residence Hall Associations (RHAs) work on behalf of students to enhance the quality of life in their residences. Each RHA develops educational, cultural, recreational and social programs for its own residence hall.

If student government doesn’t satisfy your political yearnings, you might want to join College Democrats, College Republicans, the NAACP or one of several other political groups on campus. See the complete list and learn more at the Student Activities Office website.