Become a leader on campus.
Even though College of General Studies students start college in January, it’s still easy to get plugged into student organizations right away. Browse BU’s 450+ student groups, or get involved at CGS!
Take up rock climbing!
When Karsten Grape arrived at Boston in January, he joined the Boston University Outing Club and found a community among the rock climbers here.Get Involved
Go, get involved in things, talk to people, figure out what extracurriculars you want to be a part of!
Karsten Grape (CGS’19, Pardee’21)
Undergraduates help Boston’s teen girls set life goals.
Marissa Wu (CGS’17, CAS’19, COM’19) and Francheska Castro (CGS’17, CAS’19) founded a student group that matches Boston public high school students with BU college student mentors.Read
Get involved at the College of General Studies.
- CGS Student Government Association: Find your student government on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Contact: Jeff Sierra.
- Club GiiVE (Get Involved In Volunteer Experiences) is a student-run community service club which focuses on volunteering on campus and in Boston. Contact: Heidi Chase.
- Film Lovers and Philosophers Society (FLAPS) offers film viewings and film discussions. Contact: Christopher Fahy and Chuck Henebry.
- The Chimaerid (K-EYE-MI-RID) literary magazine showcases the poetry, photography, and artwork of CGS students. Contact Prof. Regina Hansen.
- Art Show/Coffee House: Students share their writing, art, and music at this spring event.
- Gilbane House: This beautiful, renovated Bay State Road brownstone is reserved for CGS students. The Gilbane House sponsors events and activities for the BU and CGS community.
- World Affairs Forum sponsors guest speakers, lectures and discussions related to politics and international issues. Contact Shawn Lynch, Michael Holm, and R. Sam Deese.
- CGS Intersection is a group for the CGS community and friends focused on sustaining LGBTQIA+ visibility and cultivating a greater sense of community. Contact Matt Bae (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the News
News from CGS Student Leaders.
Sisters United brings black and brown women together.
In a meeting of Sisters United BU, Lola Adeosun (CGS’16, CAS’18) shared her experience studying in London. Sisters United aims to empower young black and brown women at BU.
Fusion is renowned for its unique take on hip-hop dance.
Jonathan Ko (CGS’17, ENG’19) knew that he wanted to join a hip-hop dance team in college. Four years later, he’s not only dancing with the troupe, but is codirecting, too.
Passionate about public health? Get involved!
Therese Clover (CGS’18, Sargent’20) is a student health ambassador– working closely with Wellness & Prevention Services to serve as liaisons between Student Health Services and the BU student body.
Students advocate for gender-neutral bathrooms.
Rachel Bennetts (CGS’17, CAS’19, GRS’19), an activist for better transgender facilities at BU, has spearheaded BU’s shift toward more inclusive restrooms.
BU Ultimate Frisbee team's feminism campaign goes viral.
Apryl Hsu (CGS’17) saw a “lack of morale among women” after the 2016 election, especially among her fellow teammates on the BU Ultimate Frisbee team. So she brought an idea to the captains– a campaign focused on the need for gender equity.
Outward Bound for BU student filmmakers.
Zachary Flint (CGS’17, COM’19) and his producer, Han, scaled the weathered plateaus of Inner Mongolia to make the documentary Blue Sheep. Flint was one of 100 international students, 5 of them from BU, who were part of Looking China, a three-week program.