Registered Student Organizations (RSO) – Homewood

At Johns Hopkins University, about 80% of students are involved in our nearly 400 student organizations. Here are just a few of the many benefits Johns Hopkins students have shared:

  • Enhances their college experience
  • Helps connect them to the Hopkins community
  • Enhance their ability to lead
  • Build a stronger sense of school spirit

Attend a Student Involvement Fair

The Student Involvement Fairs are just two of the many events and traditions at Johns Hopkins University where student organizations showcase what they are doing and how you can get involved with them throughout the year. The Student Involvement Fair is an opportunity to learn about how you can get more involved at Hopkins. There are a variety of organizations found on Hopkins Groups listing nearly 400 registered student organizations. Leadership Engagement and Experiential Development plans the annual Student Involvement Fair.

The 2024 Spring Involvement Fair will take place on Friday, February 2, 2024.

Organization Categories

Are you interested in getting involved in a student organization? Join Hopkins Groups! Student organizations are organized by category so you can easily find the groups that match your interests.

Choose a category below to learn more about what it has to offer.

Academic and Research

These groups are typically tied to an Academic department on campus. Academic and Research groups enrich students’ professional and personal development through competitions and coordinating events in which students may showcase their skills.

Academic & Research Category Specific:

Advocacy and Awareness

Advocacy and Awareness groups actively support an idea or cause. Many of our groups aim to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions; it may be motivated from moral, ethical or faith principles or simply to promote specific beliefs.

Arts (Performance and Visual)

Arts organizations provide students with an outlet for their creative talents. Students can express themselves through dance, music, circus, painting, sculpture, and more.

Community Service

The Center for Social Concern houses nearly forty volunteer student groups, each of which focuses on direct service to the Baltimore community in a different way.

Culture and Identity

Cultural and Identity groups are self-defined groups of people who share a commonality of cultural experience. Cultural groups may be defined by many types of commonality, such as ethnicity, religion, or physical commonality. Cultural groups offer a lively social and educational environment for students, and promote preserving cultural heritage and identity.

Fraternities and Sororities

Typically, Fraternity & Sorority Life organizations are single-sex, initiatory organizations. Fraternity & Sorority Life organizations may sometimes be considered mutual aid societies, providing academic and social activities. Chapters host social events, educational programs, and community service and philanthropy projects for their members and the Johns Hopkins community. Fraternity and sorority chapters at Johns Hopkins represent a wealth of leadership, diversity, talents, athleticism, and academic achievement.

Honor and Professional Societies

Honor and professional societies are groups that recognize students who excel academically or as leaders among their peers, often within a specific academic discipline.

Programming Boards & Governing Bodies

Programming Boards & Governing Bodies are groups that vision and plan many large campus programs throughout the year. The programs these groups support are Hoptoberfest, Spring Fair, First Day of Class, Last Day of Class, Blue Jay Opening Day, Commemoration Ball, Trivia Nights, and many more!

Graduate Student Organizations (GRO) are defined as such by the Graduate Representative Organization (GRO). Graduate student groups should provide a benefit or service to graduate students at the Homewood Division and should be open for any graduate student to join. The head of Graduate student organizations must be a graduate student of the Homewood Division.

Student Government Association(SGA) is the governing body of the undergraduate student population at Johns Hopkins University.

The SGA is comprised of four Executive Officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary), four Class Presidents, and 24 Class Senators. Elections are held in the Fall for Freshmen Class Officers and in the Spring for Executive Officers and Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Class Councils.

Hopkins Student Organization for Programming (The HOP) is dedicated to bringing fun, social campus events to the entire JHU Homewood community- programming by students, for students. The HOP is made up of about 80 undergraduate students, all with varied majors, backgrounds, and interests. With such diversity, we aim to bring events to campus that will appeal to the majority of Hopkins students.

Student Publications and Media

Student publication and media based organizations create newspapers, magazines, journals and more to share about a specific topic.

Religious and Spiritual

Religious and Spiritual organizations provide students with an opportunity for spiritual or religious engagement.

Special Interest and Hobby

Special Interest and Hobby organizations advance an interest in a specific area of knowledge, learning or technology and/or are typically interested in a particular pastime or leisure pursuit.

Sport Clubs

Sport Clubs represent over 40 teams and 36 sports for students to engage. There are opportunities to learn and develop skills in a new sport or continue to participate in a sport in which you already have experience.