MIT students run an incredible variety of student groups - more than 450 in total - and new ones spring up every year. If you don't find an existing club or organization to match your interests, you're welcome to start your own. (Find information on starting a new club from the Association of Student Activities here.)
Among MIT's many groups, you'll certainly find the groups you'd expect to see: a student newspaper, a debate team, a radio station, Model UN, student government, College Democrats, College Republicans… you get the point. But MIT also offers some fairly unique clubs: the Underwater Hockey Group, the Origami Club (OrigaMIT), and the famous Laboratory for Chocolate Science. Some other groups include the Science Fiction Society - home to the largest open-stacks library of science fiction books in the world - and the Tech Model Railroad Club, which defined "hacker" culture and wrote the world's first video game.
Some of the oldest and most famous student groups at MIT include:
- The Tech, MIT's student newspaper, 1881
- Technique, MIT's yearbook, 1885
- The Undergraduate Association (UA) (preceded by the Institute Committee, or Inscomm), 1893
- The Musical Theater Guild (MTG) (preceded by Tech Show), 1899
- The Lecture Series Committee (LSC), sponsors films and speakers, 1944
- The Logarhythms, all-male a cappella, 1949
Below is a mostly complete list of MIT student groups. Detailed information on every group, though, will take a bit of time to compile - like we said, there are more than 450 groups!
Academic and Competitions
- National Organization for Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, MIT (NOBCChe)