Whether you are a resident or a commuter, Elmhurst University gives you the opportunity to be as involved as you want through clubs and organizations, community service, and more.
For our newbies out there, access your student portal by logging in with your eNumber and password to your account. On the home page, you will see a slew of applications to choose from.
The second app from the left, on the top row, Bluejay Life, will be your best friend throughout this process of exploring different clubs.
Bluejay Life is a way to have access to registration for all the organizations we have on campus, track your involvement throughout the year, view a calendar with a full list of events and more.
Once you log into Bluejay Life, you have access to your memberships on the home page, upcoming events in the events tab, and the list of over 105 clubs and organizations.
Your options for involvement range from pre-professional, honors societies, sororities and fraternities, intramural sports, and multicultural organizations.
Each individual page of a club will give you access to the club’s mission statement, the officers or those who are in charge of the club, including the faculty adviser, president, vice president, and the rest of the exec team.
Often the club’s contact information will be on there for you to reach out to each president of the club. You can also view the unique constitution and bylaws of each club, which are updated yearly.
EU has their own calendar of events page, found at elmhurst.edu/events/. The page provides events that will take place on campus and will mainly be open invites for the whole school. It is important to note that all events for clubs are open to every student, invites are not solely open for members of that club.
EU has virtual resources, but also hosts in-person events for you to reach out to other members of the club. The first upcoming student activity is the student involvement fair, which showcases different clubs and activities. This takes place on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the University Mall.
Another physical resource on campus is the Office of Student Involvement (OSI), located in the Frick Center behind the front desk. The OSI will write a list of events that will be hosted for the current and upcoming week on the glass windows outside of their office. Their job is to stay on top of everything going on around campus.
Every week, the OSI will also send out a newsletter containing a list of events to look forward to for that week. The newsletter will specify the time of the event, when the event will take place and who will be hosting that event.
Aside from clubs, EU has many Greek life organizations. EU offers ten total sororities and fraternities to choose from, with prospective expansion plans down the road to offer more diversity.
EU is always open to more clubs and chapters. If there is not a club that you’re interested in, you are always able to create your own with the help of one adviser or faculty member and the OSI.
Other ways to get involved include community service opportunities, spiritual life, and intercultural life.
For community service opportunities, you can look to the urban immersion program, which includes weekend service projects or volunteer work at a local church.
If you are interested in service learning, you can partner with a list of community partners found on EU’s website.
There are plenty of opportunities to choose from on campus. As we like to say, we are a small school with big opportunities, and plenty of ways to get involved.