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Rensselaer is home to 212 clubs and  organizations, offering students the opportunity to immerse themselves in activities outside the classroom.

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Club Directory

Club Description
8th Street Swing Band The Serenaders Band is a group of musicians who enjoy playing music from the Swing Era in a big band setting. We play at least one concert a semester and also act as a dance band for various events around campus. Our repertoire includes not only swing pieces, but also Latin and rock tunes. Musicians of all ability levels are welcome to come to rehearsals. There are no auditions for membership. The Serenaders are run entirely by members of the band.
ACHA Hockey Our overall goal is to be able to attract the high end student athlete with competitive hockey and outstanding academics to the Institute. We will be participating in an intercollegiate hockey league (ACHA).
ACM-W ACM-W is the ACM committee on Women in Computing. It celebrates, informs and supports women in computing, and works with the ACM-W community of computer scientists, educators, employers and policy makers to improve working and learning environments for women.
Active Minds Active Minds is the nations only nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness among college students.  Our chapter at RPI aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues.
African & Caribbean Students Association (ACSA) The African and Caribbean Student Association is here to create cultural awareness and respect. We discuss social, political, economic and health issues that affect Africa and the Caribbean. We also give you the opportunity to experience different foods, go on fun trips, and participate in charity events. There are lots to do in ACSA and we guarantee that the experience will be one to remember. We meet every other Wednesday at 6pm in room 3202 at the union.
African Students Association The purpose of this club is to promote awareness and understanding of African culture, tradition and history within RPI community. Create unity among ASA and other associations or clubs on the campus.
Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra  
Aikido Aikido is the non-competitive Japanese martial art of self-defense. Students learn to redirect their opponent's energy so an attacker is thrown by his/her own directional force or immobilized by a joint lock. All of the techniques depend on spherical motion, balance and the effective use of centripetal forces. Aikido is effective for people of all heights and sizes. Classes are taught by Sensei Irvin Faust, 6th degree (Shidoin) black belt. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-10pm at the Mueller Center, 2nd floor.
Alianza Latina Alianza Latina is a cultural organization that brings Latin awareness to the Rensselaer Community. Alianza Latina's purpose is to provide a social and cultural environment which gives the Latinos at Rensselaer a sense of identity. Also, to enhance the Rensselaer community with the diversity of the Latino culture and unite the Latino community at Rensselaer.
Alpha Chi Rho Alpha Chi Rho cultivates a lifelong brotherhood where men challenge and inspire each other, through Character, Honor, and Integrity, to improve themselves, their Fraternity, and society.
Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Alpha Epsilon Delta is the National Health Preprofessional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary, and others. The Society welcomes all students engaged in the pursuit of a professional healthcare career. AED offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests, and extends a program of service to benefit the Rensselaer community.
Alpha Gamma Delta Alpha Gamma Delta was founded on May 30, 1904 at Syracuse University. Each of the Fraternity's 11 founders were progressive women who selflessly contributed to the foundation and growth of Alpha Gamma Delta. Since the founding, collegiate chapters have been installed at more than 180 colleges and universities across North America and more than 155,000 women have become Alpha Gam sisters.Guided by the Alpha Gamma Delta Purpose, Alpha Gams strive to attain a higher standard, thereby improving their lives, the lives of those around them and the communities in which they live. Together, we continually work to inspire the woman and impact the world.
Alpha Omega Epsilon Alpha Omega Epsilon is a professional and social Sorority founded in 1983 that promotes friendship, leadership and professionalism to all members of the organization, the community and our professions. We accept majors in the Schools of Engineering and Architecture, some majors in the School of Science, and certain concentrations of Information Technology. Check out our website for more info.
Alpha Phi  
Alpha Phi Alpha The Coldest Frat on Campus..ya dig
Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity dedicated to the principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service. Operating through a far-reaching service program grounded in its variety, the men and women of APO are well known as volunteers throughout the community and on the RPI campus. Come visit our office in Union 3420 or email to see how you can become involved.
Alpha Psi Omega Delta Xi Cast of Alpha Psi Omega - Theater Honor Society
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) The American Institute of Chemical Engineers hosts social, academic, and professional events for chemical engineers.
American Nuclear Society The American Nuclear Society is a not-for-profit, international organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of nuclear science, engineering, and technology. ANS serves its members in their efforts to develop and safely apply nuclear science and technology for public benefit through knowledge exchange, professional development, and enhanced public understanding. ANS consists of over 10,000 members worldwide, including more than 1,000 students. The student chapter of ANS at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute consists of approximately 25 active members and is governed by a four-member executive board. Our mission is to provide services to students that will foster personal and career development in a friendly environment.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) The American Society of Civil Engineers, is a professional organization representing more than 125,000 civil engineers. ASCE celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2002, making it the oldest national engineering society. The RPI ASCE chapter holds a meeting every other Wednesday. Our meetings are open to anyone interested in civil engineering. The meetings are designed to be a relaxed place for students to learn some practical knowledge about what is going on in the world concerning civil engineering. So bring your friends and come enjoy free pizza and drinks. For those who like what they see, becoming a member of ASCE means having access to the many social, community service and networking opportunities that are offered throughout the year. All that you need to do to join is attend any of our general meetings or contact the chapter secretary.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), is a professional membership organization. It allows the collaboration of multiple engineering disciplines to learn and be part of a community. Members of the RPI ASME are also enabled to be members of the global organization as a college student. As a member you are eligible for scholarships, an engineering knowledgebase, conferences, engineering talks from businesses, and much more. You will have the opportunity to participate in team projects that will require multiple fields of study and then compete nationally. No matter what field of study you are, you may join ASME and attend our general body meetings weekly. To join the competition team, attend the meetings as well as be an active member and speak with an officer.
Archery Club Activities include shooting two times a week Tuesday and Thursday 7-9pm in the basement of the Armory. We have equipment for people to use, but you are welcome to bring your own. Longbows, Recurves, Compounds, and Crossbows are all welcome.
Arnold Air Society - AFROTC Arnold Air Society is a community service organization associated with Air Force ROTC.
Art Club Art Club aims to create an open and creative environment for members and to give opportunities for artistic growth and collaboration.
Asian Cultural Union Asian Cultural Union strives to cultivate a better understanding and a greater respect amongst the Rensselaer campus for the Asian Pacific Islander American Community. Through various events emphasizing the unification of the affiliated cultural clubs, we aim to create an atmosphere encompassing the spirit of Rensselaer, which encourages tolerance for individuals of different backgrounds.
Astrophysical Society The Rensselaer Astrophysical Society (RAS) allows students to pursue their interest in astronomy. The society works in conjunction with the physics department to maintain the Hirsch Observatory atop the Science Center. Students are trained in the use of observatory and the Society's various telescopes, then placed on the observatory key list. Once on the key list, members can use the observatory at any time. The club also helps run Saturday night public observing sessions between February and November of each year.
Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, RPI Chapter  
Autoshop The Rensselaer Student Auto Shop (RSAS) is a self-service facility, open to the RPI community. The shop has a wide range of equipment and tools, facilitating almost any repair or maintenance task.
Badminton RPI Badminton club was established in early 1990s. As an RPI Union funded club, it has been serving badminton community in and around RPI for 20 years. RPI Badminton Club provides both competitive and non-competitive environment for RPI students and Non-RPI members from the community to learn and practice badminton. We currently have over 50 RPI students and 20 non-RPI members of all skill levels, from beginners to champion of Collegiate Competitive tournaments. We organize a 3-hour practice three times a week. We hold RPI Open Badminton Tournament once a year and the recent one attracted 20 RPI students and over 30 Non-RPI players to participate. Normally, we have two outside-RPI tournaments per year in Rochester and New Jersey to let our players gain more experiences from competitive games.
Ballroom Dance The Ballroom Dance Club provides lessons every Thursday in the Academy Hall gym at the Beginner, Intermediate, and Technique Levels starting at 6 pm. No experience or partner is required to join. Dances you will learn include swing, salsa, hustle, mambo, cha cha, rumba, samba, foxtrot, waltz, tango, viennese waltz, and quickstep.
Big Brothers Big Sisters  Provided
Big Red Freakout  
Bikeworks RPI Bikeworks is a service club and affinity group of the Troy Bike Rescue. We make bicycling accessible to residents in the Capital District area. Our goal is to leverage interest at RPI to promote healthy and creative bicycle activities for the up building of the Troy community. We are comprised of students, faculty, staff, and others. We achieve our goal by coordinating and supporting bicycle repair shops and other community events.
Biology Graduate Student Association The Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) was formed in December of 2002 with the goals of: (1) Promoting students' professional and scientific developmen, (2) Facilitating communication between the graduate students and the faculty, (3) Increasing interaction among graduate students, (4) Providing an organization to represent the interests of the graduate students.Membership is limited to graduate students in the Department of Biology and graduate students from other departments that are working with faculty from the Department of Biology.
Biomedical Engineering Society A student-run chapter of the national Biomedical Engineering Society. The RPI BMES provides a support group for students majoring in Biomedical Engineering, by offering the services of informational workshops, guest speakers, and trips to biotechnology companies and conferences. The RPI BMES promotes networking with all the other BMES chapters, Rensselaer alumni, as well as interested high school students. Our Mission Statement: To promote the increase of biomedical engineering knowledge and its utilization.
Black Graduate Student Association Black Graduate Student Association
Black Students Alliance The Alliance shall exist to allow the participation of all people in the promotion of Black cultural, intellectual, and social interest at Rensselaer and in the surrounding community. Above all, the Alliance shall serve to (1) uplift the conscious awareness of the Black Student, politically, culturally, and intellectually, (2) to champion, in order to insure, for the rights of Black students and our community, and (3) to be a guiding and uniting force for the Black Student on campus and the surrounding community. This can and shall be met by providing for cultural, political, and intellectual weapons, in the form of programs and events for the Black student at Rensselaer and the surrounding community. This shall be the basic set of rules or principles by which the Alliance shall govern itself.
Board Game Club The RPI Board Game Club is an organization that focuses on bringing interesting gaming opportunities to RPI. We play interesting card, board, and miniature games at our meetings, run and help coordinate roleplaying games, and organize LARPs on campus.
Business Operations Committee A subcommittee of the E-Board, looking into the businesses and facilities of the Rensselaer Union
Bwenzi Testing ability to change name
Capoeira Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that is over 500 years old. It combines elements of martial arts, music, dance, acrobatics, and the Portuguese language to form a unique whole. The game of capoeira is like a bodily game of chess.
Card Players Club If you're into fellowship and camaraderie, as well as card games, then this club is for you. We have members of all skill levels and abilities, whether you're a beginner, a casual player, a seasoned veteran,or a natural table shark, we will gladly welcome you into our club.
Chabad on Campus Requested by Caleb Gladstone.
Cheerleading The RPI Cheerleaders are a team of male and female athletes who support Rensselaer and its athletic programs. The cheerleaders perform year-round, supporting the football team in the fall, the men's hockey team in the winter, and competing against other cheerleading squads.
ChemE Car Team  
Chess Club The RPI Chess Club is designed to promote chess within RPI by helping beginner players learn the fundamentals of the game and helping experienced players flourish and play competitively. The club hosts tournaments within the school and also travels to tournaments in the Albany area. All skill levels welcome!
Chi Epsilon Chi Epsilon is the civil engineering honor society at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Chi Epsilon is dedicated to the maintenance and promotion of civil engineering as an ideal profession. Chi Epsilon fosters the development and exercise of sound traits of character and ability among civil engineers, always seeking higher standards of professional service.
Chi Phi Chi Phi was the first Social Fraternity, founded at the College of New Jersey (Now Princeton University) in 1824. The Theta Chapter of Chi Phi was founded in 1878 at RPI and has been right across from Campus at the corner of Sage and 15th St. Our three founding principles: Truth, Honor and Personal Integrity, have guided us everyday since our creation. Please learn more about us by visiting our website and coming to our house and meeting us!
Chinese American Students Association The Chinese American Students Association is a group of students from various geographical areas gathering to advance friendship and pride amongst the members. This organization brings out all aspects and presents the Chinese culture to the Rensselaer community through various events which include Chinese Cultural festivals, movies, and social gatherings. The Chinese American Students Association welcomes new students to the Rensselaer community and helps them adjust to life at Rensselaer.
Chinese Christian Fellowship  
Chinese Students and Scholars Association  
Chung Do Kwon The RPI Chung Do Kwon club welcomes all RPI students and faculty with an interest in learning the traditional form of the Tae Kwon Do martial art. The RPI Chung Do Kwon club is an affiliated member of the World Tae Kwon Do Association (WTA), the oldest martial arts association in the United States.
Circle K The purpose of Circle K is to provide college students with service opportunities while developing their leadership and communication skills.Each club, in collaboration with their school and neighborhood plans and implements projects to serve the local community.Through service, leadership, and fellowship, Circle K'ers are making an impact both locally and globally.
Class of 2021 Council Class of 2021 Council
Club Baseball Baseball Athletics Club
Colleges Against Cancer Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is the American Cancer Society chapter at RPI, dedicated to eliminating cancer and promoting awareness by working to implement the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society.
Comma RPI Creative Writing Club
Community Relations Committee Standing Committee of the Student Senate
Computer Science (CS) Club Formerly listed as (ACM) - Association for Computing Machinery
Computer Science Club  
Conversation Corner and Mandarin Club CCMC connects students who speak English with students who speak Mandarin and teach both parties how to speak each other's languages. Not only will this club serve as a way to bridge the language barrier some foreign students face, but it will also help English-speaking students recognize the complex culture of their fellow non-English-speaking peers.
Crew Crew recruits from the on-campus student body with over 90% of our athletes learning to row in college. Crew is a competitive club competing against the Varsity programs at other colleges and universities. Accordingly, our program is structured to foster an environment that is enjoyable and challenging.
Cru RPI  
Cubing Club The club operates to teach members but plans to host officially recognized competition, hold a spot at Activity Fair, have an NRB event, have Residence hall event, and even work towards obscure world record in cubing. The club offers an environment to broaden puzzle solving abilities while socializing in a welcoming setting.
Culinary Club  Provided
Curling Club The RPI Curling Club consists of members with experience ranging from less than a year to over ten years. Typically the club meets once a week at the Schenectady Curling Club about 20 minutes from campus for a few hours of curling. Bonspiels (tournaments) are also attended as they occur throughout the year.
Cycling Rensselaer Cycling is a club based out of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. We are a group of riders who will hop on anything with pedals. Members bring to the group their own personal style and preferences, creating a club culture that respects a rich blend of cycling disciplines including road, mountain, BMX, trials, and cyclocross. Everyone in the Rensselaer community is welcome to join us on rides, and we encourage interested students to attend our weekly meeting held every Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. in Union 2424.
Dance Club Classes are offered weekly throughout the academic year in ballet, modern, tap, jazz and hip hop. A spring recital is held to enable performers from all Rensselaer dance club classes to exhibit their talents. Visit our website for more info:
Dance Dance Revolution The Dance Dance Revolution club is an organization for bringing players of all skill levels together. Based on the popular arcade and Playstation games, members enjoy the physical workout the game provides in a fun environment.
Dance Team  
Delta Phi Lambda Chapter The Delta Phi has remained a small fraternity. Rather than engaging in the wholesale expansion policies that have marked the operation of other Greek letter fraternities, The Delta Phi chooses to establish chapters only at the finest schools and usually with proximity to other chapters. These schools include RPI, Cornell, NYU, Rutgers University, and University of Pennsylvania, to name a few. It grants its chapters a substantial degree of local autonomy - allowing them to develop their own traditions and policies within the scope of a larger institution. Members of The Delta Phi have come from every walk of life; social and economic. Its members have reached the pinnacles of business, politics, education and service. It is an organization where names such as J.P. Morgan, Jr., John Jacob Astor and James Roosevelt are but the start of a long and distinguished list. We currently reside at 15 and 16 Colvin Circle in the Rensselaer Apartment Housing Projects (RAHPs). Our majors, interests, and hobbies are quite diverse, however our bonds as friends and brothers remain strong. We have a strong emphasis on academics, and have incorporated a program to help keep brothers on their respective educational track. The bonds we build as active brothers carry on after we graduate, and many Alumni (of which there are over 1000) regularly return to visit the undergraduate brothers.
Delta Tau Delta  
Desi Network of Dance The troupe is dedicated to promoting classical Indian dance culture through various dance forms. Through performances and dance exhibitions, the troupe aims to unite individuals from various dance disciplines to a community of classical Indian dance.
Design Build Fly  
Design for America at Rensselaer (DFA) RPI Design Collective, more succinctly known as *DECO, is a student club devoted to promoting design in all its forms. We do this through 4 basic pillars:1. Self Education through student run workshops on design skills and providing consolidated informational resources. 2. Networking and Connections between classes, across many majors, with alumni with faculty and staff, with other schools and with Design Firms. 3. Project Collaboration & Support (working on class projects, group projects, and design competitions). 4. Creative Space to provide a fun, collaborative work environment and eventually, tools for club use.
Destination Imagination Destination Imagination (DI) is a creative problem solving competition where teams compete from all over the world. Teams are given 9 months to solve one of 6 unique challenges as well as solving instant challenges at the competition. The challenges in DI are unique in that they combine technical and theatrical elements in an 8 minute long skit. The specifics of the challenges change every year but there are always the following categories: Technical- This challenge generally deals with transporting objects or people to specific goal areas while integrating this movement into a skit. Scientific- This challenge requires teams to research a specific topic and apply it to a fictional situation. Structural- In this challenge teams build a structure and are scored on a ratio of the weight held to the weight of the structure. The nature and materials of the structure change year to year but it must always be integrated into a skit. Fine Arts- This is a theatrical based challenge with an emphasis on storytelling. This challenge generally has a technical effects element. Improvisational- This challenge requires teams to think on their feet and create a story based on elements they are given at the competition. Project Outreach- Solve a real problem in your area and create an effective and entertaining presentation about it.
Drone Club  
Duly Noted Duly Noted is RPI's first all-male a cappella group. Founded in 2008, the group has been built on the vocal and character diversity of its members whose interests span many musical genres. With this diversity, Duly Noted strives to rehearse and perform using all of the strengths of its members as individuals to create a unique a cappella experience. For more information check out their website.
Dungeons and Dragons  
Early Jazz Orchestra  
Eighth Wonder Eighth Wonder is a group of dancers with different experience/skill levels coming together to learn and perform a variety of hip hop and K-pop choreographies.
Elections Commission Elections Commission oversees all student elections. This includes Grand Marshal (GM) Week in the spring and Freshman Elections in the fall.
Embedded Hardware Club  
Engineers for a Sustainable World  
Engineers Without Borders A student group that works on sustainable engineering projects in developing countries.
Equestrian Club The purpose of the RPI Equestrian Team is to promote excellence in the sport of horseback riding by providing the opportunity for RPI students to take hunt seat riding lessons at all levels of experience. Members that are confident enough may compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Reaching the Regional Championship, then Zones, and finally the National Competition is our major goal for all showing members of the RPI equestrian team.
Executive Board The Rensselaer Union Executive Board oversees matters pertaining to the finances, operations, facilities, and club affairs. Each year, it conducts the budgeting process for the over $3.5 million Union budget for each subsequent fiscal year. As a branch of student government, it receives its authorities from the Rensselaer Union Constitution ( Members of the Executive Board are appointed by the President of the Union and confirmed by majority vote of the Student Senate. The President of the Union is elected by the student body during GM Week and serves as an Officer of the Union with the Grand Marshal, the Judicial Board Chairman, the Undergraduate President, and the Graduate Council President.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes  
Fencing RPI Fencing club is comprised of students, alumni, faculty, and the local comminty. We have members of all ages and skill levels. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to learn the art/sport of fencing. We have all three weapons at our club and offer lessons in all. Foil is in the fall, while epee and saber are taught in the spring. The club also provides equipment for its members use. Practices are every Tuesday and Thursday night during the school year from 7:30PM - 10:00PM in the basement of the Armory.
Fighting Games Club  
Fishing Club  
Fitness Club Our mission is to promote physical fitness on the RPI campus by providing a fun and energetic environment through self-initiated activity and developing a network of students with common interests and goals. All sports (running, weight training, biking, swimming, triathlon, etc) and experience levels are welcome. Training plans, tips, workout groups, race schedules, question and answer sessions, and an overall positive workout atmosphere are just some of the things you can expect from RFC.
Food Recovery Network Food Recovery Network is a national nonprofit that unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campus dining halls and donating it to those in need. Our goal is to change the norm from food waste to food recovery in the United States.
Foreign Language Club  
Game Development Club To provide support and encouragement in the creation of computer and console games by RPI students.
Gaming Alliance The RPI Gaming Alliance (RGA) club is THE club to join for everyone who plays videogames and would like to get to know other gamers at RPI. It is a networking club for student gamers to share their passion with other students that they can hang out and game with at anytime instead of someone random and far-away that they get stuck with online. The club features free, regular, informal mini-LAN's, and once a semester uber-LAN's featuring food, tournaments, and prizes!
Gamma Nu Eta Gamma Nu Eta (GNH) is the National Honor Society for Information Technology at RPI. It was established in 2000 and is the first of its kind in the nation. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage excellence in the field of Information Technology among students, offer knowledge and services to its members' schools and surrounding communities, and play an active role in the application and evolution of Information Technology within society.
German Long Sword (HEMA) Historical European martial arts (HEMA)
Graduate Council The Graduate Council is the Rensselaer Union's primary representative body for Graduate Students. We host several events throughout the year to help Graduate Students relax from the rigors of research and academic life at RPI. Some of these events include a welcome barbeque, movie nights, pub nights, and a year-end banquet. The Graduate Council meets as needed to plan these events, and we always appreciate help from new faces to help make the arrangements. We are also seeking Graduate Students to appoint to various Institute and Union representative bodies. Please contact us to act on these opportunities.
Graduate Indian Students Organization  Provided
Graphics Club  "We are the Graphics Club of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Our goal is to promote the appreciation of graphic arts. We participate in exhibitions
Greek Spectrum The aim of Greek Spectrum is to make Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute a more open, safe, and friendly environment for all students by promoting nondiscrimination, inclusion, and acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally, and other gender and sexual minority persons through education and awareness within Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Greek Life community and the Rensselaer community at large. Greek Spectrum will accomplish its goals through close partnership with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Alumni Inter Greek Council, and their respective member organizations.
Ground Zero  
Habitat for Humanity Building simple, decent, affordable housing to eliminate poverty. RPI Habitat for Humanity. We build every Saturday and are always looking for help in many ways. To get involved, send us an email ( or visit our website ( No experience or tools required!
Hack RPI Hack RPI
Hawaii Cultural Club The purpose of the Hawaii Club is to perpetuate and share the Hawaii experience, including traditions, history and the unique island culture with the RPI community. Hawaii. The Hawaii club completes these tasks through various events that will provide a social and cultural learning opportunity with a Hawaiian theme. Some examples of this include Hawaiian food sampling events, hula dancing and lei making workshops, and the ever-popular Luau.
Hillel Hillel is the Jewish student organization serving the students of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Russell Sage College. Hillel's mission is to maximize the number of Jews doing Jewish with other Jews." In order to accomplish this General Membership Meetings are held every Tuesday of each week at 7:00 PM in the Rensselaer Student Union Room 2424 (the Patroon Room). Meetings are open to anyone and everyone who is interested. For more details on any of our events visit our website or subscribe to be on our mailing list and get weekly updates. To subscribe send an email to
Holocaust Remembrance Committee The Holocaust Remembrance Committee is a group of students dedicated to raising awareness, commemorating, and providing a forum for students, faculty, staff, and the community to reflect on how the Holocaust and Holocaust commemoration can be meaningful to us today.
Hong Kong Students Association  
Human Resources Interview Committee Ad-Hoc Committee of the Student Senate
Humans vs Zombies  
IEEE Professional Students The RPI Student Branch of the IEEE is an organization dedicated to connecting students, researchers, and industry professionals in order to support the engineering community. We are here to offer students contacts through this worldwide organization. Come and join us to participate in our seminars and workshops geared towards enriching your knowledge.
Indian Christian Fellowship Indian Christian Fellowship is an intervarsity fellowship located in the Capital District Region.
Indian Students Association (ISA) ISA is an organization for anyone who wants to learn about and become involved in Indian and South Asian culture. The club provides a support network on campus and with the surrounding community. Through events like the Diwali show, the Garba, mixers, retreats, and athletic competitions, ISA seeks to promote the music, language, traditions, and culture of India. The club aims to unify and strengthen the bonds within the Indian population on campus and increase awareness of Indian culture and traditions throughout campus.
Institute for Industrial Engineers IIE is the world's largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, non-profit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial engineering.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) The Interfraternity Council is the governing body for the Fraternities on the Rensselaer Campus.
Internal Reforms Committee Ad-Hoc Committee of the Student Senate
Isshinryu Karate The Isshinryu Karate Klub (IKK) provides the RPI community with an opportunity to study traditional Isshinryu Karate and modern self-defense techniques. This is an exciting time! Joining freshman year, if you work hard enough you can gain the rank of black belt by the end of senior year. It is not easy but I guarantee it is worth the effort! Classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights. Come by for a free two hours of Karate exploration. Do you want to be able to take on the world? To change it?? This is the beginning! Rank advancement tests take place at the end of each semester. We meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6-8 PM in the Armory Basement.
Japanese Cultural Association Japan is world-renowned for its unique culture, ranging from its historical isolation period to its modern cultural hybridization. Our mission at the Japanese Cultural Association of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is to bring together a diverse group of people passionate about Japan's historic and modern culture. Doing so enables the JCA to provide cultural workshops and events, increasing Japanese cultural awareness on campus. These events incorporate Japanese traditions, language, food, music, fashion, games, anime, manga, karaoke, samurai, and more.
Jazz Ensemble The RPI Jazz Ensemble is a performance club dedicated to learning and playing all types of jazz. Led by Mr. Robert Button, the group plays everything from bebop to latin to contemporary charts. The group performs on and off campus several times per semester. Auditions are held as needed at the beginning of each semester. 1 credit
Joint Service Community Relations JSCR expands the knowledge and experience of military opportunities, joint training and community service to the students of RPI while connecting them with the instruction and activities available to ROTC Cadets and Midshipmen.
Judicial Board The Judicial Board is the primary decision making body of the Student Union and has Institute-wide jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the concept of student rights and responsibilities.
Judo Club The RPI Judo Club provides a venue for members of the RPI community to engage in the study and practice of the martial art and sport of Judo. Judo is a grappling martial art consisting of throws, pins, and grappling. It is a great workout as well as a disciplined martial art. We focus on self defense as well as competitive sport, and are comprised of an extremely diverse sampling of the student body with varying degrees of skill and experience ranging from the complete beginner through to the highly advanced. Our current Sensei is Noriyasu Kudo, an eighth degree black belt (out of ten), born in Japan. We practice Mon & Thurs from 8-10 upstairs in the Mueller Center!
Juggling Club The RPI Juggling Club meets weekly in the Greenidge Cage at the '87 Gym (see website for current times). All levels welcome!
Knights of Columbus The RPI Knights of Columbus Council #13635 was officially instituted in the fall of 2004. We are part of a worldwide Catholic, Family, Fraternal, Service organization that seeks to support its members, the Church, and the community through acts of service and prayer. The RPI Knights consist of students, faculty, and staff of Rensselaer as well as members of the Troy community and beyond that are committed to helping in any way they can. We act through the Christ Sun of Justice parish here at Rensselaer with service to all as well as activities to promote the camaraderie of our brother Knights.
Korean Christian Fellowship Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SUNY Albany and Union College have joint meetings every Friday night. We are a community of believers, growing together and worshiping God for His glory; sharing the gospel to our campuses and the Capital Region. We desire to create a place of encouragement and prayer; growing in faith, in knowledge, in spirit, and in God's love for us. Although this club was founded by a few Korean Christians, it has become a multicultural place where everyone is welcome to share their hearts.
Korean Students Association  
Kung Fu  
Lavender Ambassadors This club's main purpose is to enrich the academic, professional, and educational opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students and their allies. With professional mentoring, K-12 and community outreach, students will have a support network that will prepare them for their professional and career goals.
League of Legends (LOL)  
Magic Club  
Material Advantage Material Advantage is a student organization devoted to increasing awareness among members of the RPI community of new developments in the area of materials science. Some of our main events are the Undergraduate Research Fair in the fall, the Career Night in the spring, tours and dinner lectures with the professional society, and guest speakers from the field of Materials Science and Engineering.
Men's Club Basketball Men's Club Basketball Team. Formed September 2018
Men's Club Soccer  
Men's Lacrosse Club Club lacrosse is finally a reality at RPI! Our goal is allow students to play lacrosse at a competitive level, but without all of the time commitments or stresses that come with playing at the varsity level. We are a member of the National Club Lacrosse Leagues Empire East Division. If you are interested check out the Facebook group RPI Mens Club Lax or
Minority Graduate Student Association The mission of MGSA is to: Create a successful pipeline of minority graduate students. We achieve this through the academic, professional, and personal advancement of our members and aim to improve the recruitment and retention of minority graduate students at RPI.
Model Railroad  Provided
Multicultural Leadership Council  
Muslim Students Association (MSA) The mission of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at RPI is to realize Islam through words, actions and intentions to Muslims and non-Muslims on the RPI campus and in the society at large for the love of God. Through its various programs, the MSA aspires to elevate our fellow Muslims' spirituality; to increase the awareness amongst the non-Muslim community of Islam and its principles; to allow for the RPI Muslim student body to become an integral part of the larger Muslim identity in the Capital District; and to support RPI Muslim students in their religious, dietary, educational, social, and other daily needs.
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students National Organization of Minority Architecture Students
National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) The RPI National Residence Hall Honorary is an honor society which recognizes the top 1% of student leaders living on campus. NRHH was founded on four pillars which each member has proven to achieve in his or her residence hall: scholastics, recognition, service, and leadership. NRHH acknowledges leaders who go above and beyond their call of duty as campus residents; this honorary encourages the development and continued commitment to leadership within the residence halls of RPI.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) with more than 10,000 members, is the largest student-managed organization in the country. NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
National Society of Leadership and Success RPI Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, advised by the Archer Center.
Newman Catholic Fellowship The Newman Catholic Fellowship is RPI's Catholic student group, focusing on faith, fellowship, and service. Our Thursday night meetings cover a broad range of activities, including faith based discussions, crafts, games, and baking. On Sunday evenings, most students attend the 5pm Mass together at the Chapel and Cultural Center. Following Mass, at 6pm, student volunteers take turns preparing a home cooked meal at the Hospitality House (4 Sherry Rd). In addition, retreats and service activities occur on various weekends throughout the semester. All are welcome to join us in any of our activities.
Omega Chi Epsilon Omega Chi Epsilon is the national honor society in the field of chemical engineering. RPI is the newest chapter in this national organization, and our chapter is just beginning to grow. Our group is closely associated with the AIChe, and hopes to bring recognition and additional services to the Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering.
Order of Omega Order of Omega is Rensselaer's Greek Honor Society.
Outing Club The outing club welcomes outdoor enthusiasts who are looking to participate in a variety of outdoor activities such as caving, kayaking, hiking, camping, rock and ice climbing, x-c skiing, telemarking, rafting, canoing, and mountain biking.
Pakistani Students Association (PAKSA) Since 1988, PakSA, a Rensselaer Student Union funded cultural organization, has been presenting and promoting Pakistani culture to the RPI campus and catering to the needs of students with Pakistani heritage. Through its events, programs, and shows, it provides both the RPI and Capital District communities an opportunity to gain a better understanding of Pakistani culture.
Panhellenic Council The Panhellenic Council at Rensselaer serves as the governing body for both National Panhellenic Sororities and Associate members. The council is responsible for representing sorority life as a whole and holding events and workshops of interest for each house to participate in. Representatives from each house come together to voice their opinions and share upcoming house events.
Partial Credit Partial Credit, RPI's newest a cappella group, was formed in 2003 with the purpose of providing students with more opportunities to sing. The group is student run, and practices three times a week. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester, and the group performs at least once on campus each semester, in addition to singing at other schools and venues.
Pep Band The RPI Pep Band, otherwise known as America's Pep Band, plays for the home Football and Hockey games, as well as a few select away games. We also perform at all of the Football and Hockey playoff games and a number of community events throughout the year. We are a group of students, out to have fun and support our teams. Students of any ability are welcome to come and join. Willingness to have fun is the only requirement!
Percussion Ensemble Percussion Ensemble is a medium through which those who have interest in artistic expression from a percussive perspective can enhance and display their talents. With our professional director, we perform musical pieces in a variety of genres in concerts in both the fall and spring semesters. All percussion skill levels are welcome, though some musical experience preferred. This can be taken as a one-credit course. The Percussion Ensemble is a member of the Rensselaer Music Association.
Phalanx Honor Society The purpose of the society shall be to honor those students who have distinguished themselves among their peers in the areas of leadership, service, and devotion to the alma mater; to band them together in a spirit of good fellowship, and thus to create a greater interest in student activities and better the standing of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the college world.
Philippine American League The Philippine American League is an organization of RPI's Filipino students and students interested in Filipino culture. PAL's aim is to promote Filipino culture in the RPI community through cultural and social events including cooking nights, dances, movies, group trips, and culminating with the end of the year Bayanihan dinner show.
Photo Club DARKROOM: Located in the Union, room 3410, right by the elevator and poly office. Available is an assortment of b projectors, a color projector, chemicals, tools, and everything a decent darkroom should have. MATERIALS:  Upon signing up for membership, you are entitled to one free roll of b film (24-32 exposures) and a 10-pack of 8" x 10" paper. Free use of whatever chemicals we have on hand. You can always buy more film and paper at members' discounted rates. We have several cameras available at a low weekly rental rate. These cameras include: (2) Pentax K10d D-SLR, (2) Holga Medium Format, (4) 35mm SLR, (1) Professional Medium Format. We also have several backdrops and lights for portraits! INSTRUCTION:  We periodically offer short member-taught tutorials free of charge on topics such as camera operation, developing/printing and special darkroom techniques. AND MORE: The photo club organizes trips to various locations within reasonable driving distance to visit galleries, museums, or places that afford nice photo opportunities. We also host an annual photo contest and an on-line photo gallery.
Pi Beta Phi Sorority - The mission of Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women is to promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential and enrich lives through community service. Please visit our site for more information on recruitment and our chapter at Rensselaer.
Pi Delta Psi Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. is the first and only Asian American Greek organization here at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Throughout our existence, we upheld the values of our fraternity by instilling values that nurture and perpetuate the continual growth and development of the individual through Academic Achievement, Cultural Awareness, Righteousness, Friendship and Loyalty while fostering ethical behavior, leadership, and philanthropy. By promoting Asian Awareness throughout the community, we can become more knowledgeable about the different Asian cultures, overcome obstacles of racism and discrimination, therefore unifying us as a whole.
Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKES) Pi Kappa Alpha is an International, Greek Letter social college Fraternity. We are located at 2228 12th Street in Troy, only a few blocks from core campus. The physical house itself is the primary housing for the brotherhood, as well as the center for all fraternity functions. The house is well equipped for academic, personal, and social aspects of student life at Rennselaer. The house contains rooms for thirty-eight live-in brothers as well as a kitchen, dining room, band room, extensive weight training facility, a basketball court, and a sand volleyball court. The scholarship room is available to all brothers where there is an extensive test file, which includes back tests and information pertaining to virtually every course at Rensselaer.
Pi Kappa Phi Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was charted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1931. The Alpha Tau Chapter is located in historic downtown Troy at 49 Second Street in the former home of John W. Paine. The Paine Mansion is part of the Second Street listing on the New York State Historic Register. The house exterior is constructed of rough cut Indiana Limestone, with rich mahogany paneling, ceiling murals, a hand carved leather ceiling on the first floor, italian marble, and a Tiffany stained glass window. Affectionately known as the Castle" to the Brothers of Pi Kappa Phi.
Pi Lambda Phi Pi Lambda Phi is the first non-sectarian fraternity, founded in 1895. The New York Kappa Tau chapter, chartered in 1954 is located at 300 Pawling Ave.
Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society
Pi Tau Sigma  Provided
PLU Chemistry Honor Society  
Pride Alliance Our purpose is to provide support and advocacy for all gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, queer, questioning, and allied heterosexuals within the Rensselaer community. We try to increase positive awareness of the LGBTQQA community by hosting speakers, movies, and participating in festivals such as Coming-Out Week and AIDS Awareness Week. We try whenever possible to provide educational information on issues concerning the LGBTQQA community as a means to help stop homophobia and transphobia.
Project RISHI Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement) is a student run non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the sustainable development and growth of rural Indian communities. In partnership with local community members and social enterprises, we identify issues central to our target communities and provide the resources necessary to implement solutions through extensive field research and on-campus initiatives.
Psi Upsilon  
Quidditch Club The purpose of this club is to utilize a real-life version of the sport of Quidditch from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels in order to inspire students to lead more physically active and socially engaged lives. Quidditch is a game meant for all types of people, including those who have never read a single HP book. It's a mix of dodgeball, soccer, and rugby, and is the most fun you will ever have while getting in shape. We welcome people of all athletic abilities. This is a sport meant for those who want to have fun.
Quiz Bowl Club RPI Quiz Bowl is an organization of students that practice for, and compete in, intercollegiate tournaments. The game is based around "tossup" questions that either team can answer, along with bonus questions for the team that answers the tossup correctly. Any academic material is fair game in quiz bowl, so be prepared! Go to for more information!
Racquetball RPI Racquetball practices three nights a week at the Court Club in Colonie. We usually travel to three tournaments each semester where compete in the largest collegiate racquetball league in the nation, the ECRC. If you enjoy playing racquetball, join this club! We guarantee you'll be hooked after the first tournament. Check out the site for more info.
RBSA (Rensselaer Biotechnology Students Association)  Provided
Red & White Rensselaer`s Red & White Student Organization is a group of students who represent Rensselaer at high-visibility functions. Red & White members serve as ambassadors for Rensselaer and represent the university to its constituency - alumni, the campus and the community. Formed in 1995 within the Office of Alumni Relations, Red & White builds relationships with alumni and the community, generates pride in the university, and promotes student awareness of the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA).
Red Army  
Ren. Christian Association Rensselaer Christian Association is a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. We are committed to seeing the lives of students and faculty transformed by Jesus, to seeing Jesus renew our campus, and to developing world changers through a relationship with Christ.
Rensselaer Chemistry Society The Rensselaer Chemistry Society is RPI's student chapter of the American Chemical Society. Our mission is to raise awareness of chemistry. We provide a place for students interested in chemistry to come together, socialize, and further their understanding of chemistry.
Rensselaer Electric Vehicle (REV) The Rensselaer Electric Vehicle (REV) is a multidisciplinary organization focused on designing, building, and racing a full-scale electric powered vehicle. This team is an opportunity to work on an engineering project while making great friends and having fun. The team is open to all that are interested and no previous experience is necessary.
Rensselaer Formula Hybrid The RPI Formula Hybrid club recognized by the School of Engineering
Rensselaer Motorsport (FSAE) The RPI Formula SAE team.
Rensselaer Pokemon Organization The purpose of this club shall be to bring together and engage fans of the Pokémon franchise, Regardless of level of competitiveness, experience, or interest in order to promote a more social experience for fans
Rensselaer Rocket Society We are dedicated to the creative and intellectual development of future rocket scientists through the NASA University Student Launch Initiative competition.
Rensselaer Science Fiction and Anime .
Rensselyrics The Rensselyrics are RPI's first a capella group. Since their early days as the RPI Glee Club, the 'Lyrics have evolved into a widely popular group on campus and off, with an eclectic repertoire of music ranging from Rensselaer classics to original arrangements of contemporary rock and pop.
Resident Student Association RSA is an organization comprised of representatives from all of the residence halls on campus who advocate for the interests and welfare of resident students. RSA provides opportunities for members' personal growth and development through programming in the residence halls and on campus, and participating in regional and national conferences. It is an organization of students committed to developing leadership, honoring diversity, and recognizing achievement, as well as stimulating engagement and involvement among all students. All Rensselaer students are welcome to participate.
Rifle Club Whether you want to become a shooting competitor or just learn the basics to target shooting, this is the club for you. No previous experience necessary! Using the best in current air rifle technology and one-on-one coaching, you can come to our on-campus range and develop your shooting skills as often as you'd like. This club is all about self-discipline and personal training to improve your skills from the ground up. All new members will receive full instruction on safety and technique. Anyone can do it; all you need is determination.
RMA (Rensselaer Music Association) The Rensselaer Music Association is the governing body of all musical groups at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and hosts concerts and events throughout the year. Our member groups include: The Rensselyrics, Pep Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Rusty Pipes, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Quintet, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Campus Serenaders, and Partial Credit.
Rock Raiders A club that participates in Mars Rovers Competitions.
RPI Ambulance To provide emergency medical services to the Rensselaer community, and provide educational programs in the field of emergency medicine for members of the organization and the Rensselaer community.
RPI Autism Self-Advocacy Network  
RPI Bhangra  
RPI Cricket We play cricket.
RPI Engineering Ambassadors  
RPI Flying Club The RPI Flying Club consists of both pilot and non-pilot members that share an avid interest in aviation. Each year the club participates in approximately four flying trips to various locations in the region, conducts both the spring and fall RPI Fly-By, competes in the NIFA flight competition, and sponsors a certified ground school program for prospective pilots. In the last few years, the club has flown to many exciting locations including New York City, Long Island, Lake Placid, and many others. We hope that any member of the RPI community that has even a remote interest in aviation will consider taking advantage of the unique experiences and opportunities that our club has to offer.
RPI Global Medical Brigade .
RPI Mandarin Club We are a group of Chinese culture and businesses enthusiasts who seek to introduce Chinese traditional culture, characters and business environments to RPI community and see China as a place full of opportunity.
RPI Players The RPI Players is a student-run theatre company open to all RPI students, faculty, staff, and the greater Capital Region community.  The RPI Players is one of the oldest community theaters in the area, and has produced over 300 shows in it's nearly 90 seasons. Interested in technical theatre? Stop by on a Friday night where you'll find production work in all departments along with free pizza!  Looking for open technical calls, audition info, and more? Email us at and ask  to our membership list to learn how to get involved.
RPI Spaceflight Society The RPI Spaceflight Society shall exist to promote the exploration and development of space, through educating people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership skills, and by inspiring people through involvement in space-related projects. Formed in April 2019 from the merger of RPI SEDS and RPI Interplanetary Society.
RPI Spikeball Roundnet Club The purpose of this Club is to provide an opportunity for students of RPI to learn and play the sport of Roundnet(Spikeball) in a friendly and competitive environment.  The club's goals are to set up campus-wide practices and tournaments to promote the sport of Roundnet.  The club will represent RPI at other college campuses during intercollegiate tournaments across the nation and will equip members with the skills needed to be a successful Roundnet Player.
RPI Students for the Development and Exploration of Space RPI-SEDS promotes the exploration and development of space, through educating people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership skills, and by inspiring people through involvement in space-related projects.
RPI TV RPI TV is the student-run television station for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We currently broadcast all our shows on Channel 6 of the campus television network, and on our website at
RPI Women's Club Basketball .
RPOP RPOP is a group of students and community members who share a passion in the wide range of street dance. It combines K-pop, Hip Hop, Breaking, and other styles of music.
Rusty Pipes The Rusty Pipes is an energetic and dynamic a cappella group at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. We were founded in 1997 and have since developed a strong group with great diversity and interests. We sing contemporary a cappella music that we arrange ourselves, and we love to travel to sing with other college a cappella groups. We have competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, and we work very hard to raise money so that we can produce a new CD each May.We currently have 5 CDs and a 6th in the works.Sound clips from all of our CDs can be found at our website.
School of Science Student Council  
Science Ambassadors .
Secular Student Alliance The purpose of the SSA is to provide community, support, and advocacy to RPI students who are atheists, agnostics, humanists, otherwise lack religious or supernatural belief and allies of the non-theistic community, and to educate the broader campus community about non-theism, science, and civil liberties.
SEP (Society of Environmental Professionals) We provide a common ground where students from various academic disciplines related to air, water, and waste management (i.e. Environmental Engineering, Hydrogeology, Civil Engineering, etc.) can advance their understanding of environmental management through an organized exchange of knowledge. We present educational programs and help build professional relationships with those in related fields.
She's the First She's the First is a nonprofit organization that raises money for girls' education in low-income countries.
Sheer Idiocy  
SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers)  
Sigma Chi More than 100 years ago, a Sigma Chi defined fraternity as “an obligation, a necessity, an introduction, a requirement, a passport, a lesson, an influence, an opportunity, an investment, a peacemaker and a pleasure. Take a few moments to scratch the surface of our history by learning about the seven founders. Read about the early years of the Fraternity and the struggles that the earliest members encountered. Our story spans decades of world history: from the Founders' experiences in the Civil War to Sigs who are banding together in the Armed Forces today. With chapters throughout North America and alumni who have traveled and lived all around the globe, Sigma Chi has made journeys over space as well as time: from the Founding Site in Old Miami to alumni chapters meeting on the beaches of Hawaii. Now, please click the link above to visit the Delta Psi chapter homepage.
Sigma Delta La Sociedad de Damas, Sigma Delta is the only local sorority recognized by the Panhellenic Association. We are a Latin-based sorority founded in 1996 with the purpose of promoting basic values such as honesty, compassion, self-pride, professionalism, and hard work among women. We strongly encourage women who share our values to join us, regardless of their background.
Sigma Gamma Epsilon Delta Theta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon: National Honor Society for the Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Sigma Gamma Tau  
Sigma Phi Epsilon Sigma Phi Epsilon is a social fraternity for male college students in the United States. It was founded on November 1, 1901 at Richmond College (now the University of Richmond) and its national headquarters remains in Richmond, Virginia. It was founded on three principles: Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love. It is the largest social fraternity in the United States in terms of current undergraduate membership, the fourth largest in terms of total members initiated, and has the third highest first year retention rate of 92%. It is located at 2005 15th Street, just half a block from the Union.
Ski and Snowboard Club  
Ski Team The RPI Ski Team races in the Adirondack Division of the USCSA (United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association). We race the first five weekends of the spring semester and practice two nights a week during this period. We also go on a week long training trip during the last week of winter break. We race against eight other New York Colleges at mountains ranging from Labrador Mtn to Whiteface Mtn. In the last five years, we have qualified to race at Regionals four times and Nationals once. Prior racing experience is not required. Advanced skiers must only want to take their skiing abilities to the next level!
Slavic Students Association The Club's purpose is to foster awareness about Slavic culture and language through social events and meetings and to provide an inclusive community for Slavic students. Those who join will be able to speak in their Native Slavic languages with other students while reconnecting with their heritage. Those who are not Slavic will be able to understand the history behind said heritage and experience it through music, food,literature, and other aspects of culture.
Society for Biological Engineering .
Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. The RPI chapter includes full force armored combat and traditional dancing, among other medieval activities. Contact us for information about practice/meeting times and dates. Everyone is welcome; no experience necessary.
Society Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) SASE Rensselaer seeks to provide opportunities aimed at improving professional skills, increasing visibility of the Asian professional network, encouraging interaction between different Asian communities and other cultures, representing the growing Asian student population and benefiting surrounding community to become innovative leaders with higher morals.
Society of Biological Sciences  Provided
Society of Manufacturing Engineers .
Society of Physics Students  
Sport TaeKwonDo RPI Olympic Tae Kwon Do was formed in order to promote appreciation and knowledge of the art of Taekwondo. It is our aim to provide members of the Rensselaer community the opportunity to learn, train, and compete in the Olympic style of Taekwondo. We attend five tournaments a year as part of the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference and are associated with the WTF style.
Street Dance Club The club was made to let people experience the hiphop culture through dance, which is one of the five pillars in hiphop. Through this club, they'll be able to learn style of dance they desire (popping, breaking, or house) and also meet other people in hiphop culture through dance jams or battles where they can experience the joy of hiphop and dancing.
Student Government Communications Committee Standing joint committee of the student government.
Student Senate The Student Senate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute serves and represents the interests of the student body, developing projects and passing legislation within the RPI Union involving academic affairs, facilities, student rights, and all other topics pertinent to the student body.
Student Sustainability Task Force - SSTF The Student Sustainability Task Force (SSTF) is a student-led organization devoted to promoting sustainability in all aspects of campus including education, research, operations and culture by collaborating with various clubs, faculty, staff, and administration.
Student Veterans Association  
Super Smash Brothers  
SWE (Society of Women Engineers) The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a society designed to encourage and support women in the pursuit of a professional career in the engineering and technological fields, through corporate interaction, community outreach and social events, both on the local and national levels.
Swim Club Want to stay in shape without having to go to the gym? Love to swim, but hate swimming by yourself? Can't keep the hours of the pool straight? Then come join swim club!! We are one of the newest clubs on campus, that promotes fitness through swimming and fun.  We meet twice a week 9:30-11 pm Monday and wednesday night at Robinson Pool. Come and swim and have fun too!!!
Symphonic Band The Rensselaer Symphonic Band is a charter group under the Rensselaer Music Association, that welcomes all brass, woodwind, and percussion players.  Our repertoire ranges from orchestral transcriptions and marches to modern and pop music, across varying degrees of difficulty. Under the direction of Mr. Joseph Bonville, a professional director and private lesson instructor, the band performs several concerts each year.  A simple audition, only to determine seating, is required for new members, however all players of all levels are welcome, and encouraged to join.  If you don't have your own instrument, there's a good chance we have one for you, ranging from contra bass clarinets to tubas.  Rehearsals for the Symphonic Band are Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 PM in the J-Building.  Symphonic Band is a great way to continue your excellence in music at Rensselaer.
Table Tennis The Table Tennis Club at RPI is a place for all those who are interested in the game. Levels of play range from beginners who have never played the sport to those who have had many years of experience in the game. The club provides for the equipment such as the tables, nets, balls, and paddles in case you do not have your own. The club has a Robo-Pong, a ping-pong robot that you can practice with during club meetings. Several tournaments are held by the club each year. There is also a table tennis team that competes against other colleges, in which all Rensselaer students are eligible to try out.
Tae Kwon Do The RPI Tae Kwon Do Club was formed to provide the members of the RPI community with an opportunity to learn the Korean art of Tae Kwon Do. The club offers the students and faculty the chance to learn and practice this martial art in a safe and well controlled environment under the supervision of black belts with many years of experience. The study of Tae Kwon Do is not solely for the purpose of self-defense but also to build confidence, discipline, and the knowledge of what one can and cannot do with his/her body and mind. The students training and improvement is recognized through the belt progressions.
Tau Beta Pi  Provided
Tau Kappa Epsilon  
teamRPI eSports  
Tennis Club Enjoy playing tennis? Want to compete against other colleges in the Northeast such as Syracuse and Harvard? Or do you just want to smash some tennis balls? Either way, come join the RPI Tennis Club and satisfy your hunger for the game. We welcome players of all experience levels, from beginner to professional.
Terra Cafe The focus of the Terra Cafe is serving meals made entirely of local and organic ingredients. The aim is to expose students to foods that are healthy, and that are also beneficial to the environment and local economies. Unlike other campus dining options, this cafe will be full serve rather than a buffet or to-go setup. We are aiming to create a relaxed dining experience that will be a calm haven for stressed students.
The Forge The Forge in the CII. Student Run maker space at RPI.
The Mediterranean Student Club  
The Nutrition Club The nutrition club aims to promote healthy eating to everyone on campus. We offer a space for those who are interested in learning more about nutrition and an opportunity to share our passion for healthy eating. We hope to host events and fun activities across campus to educate everyone on campus about the importance of nutrition.
The Polytechnic The Polytechnic has been serving the RPI community since 1885 as the student-run newspaper. We are self-funded through our advertisement department. Our news, sports, and features sections are always looking for people to cover events on campus, and we also could use people interested in helping with the production of the paper (proofing stories, laying pages out, etc.). We have our own server (on which we also maintain our webpage) and many computers for use in production. We also have a photography department with several cameras (including a Nikon D100) available for use in production of the paper. E-mail with any questions.
Total Nutrition Today Total Nutrition Today is created to promote a healthier lifestyle by means of nutrition, fitness, weight training, and dieting. We are a motivated group of students that want to help other students reach their goals. We will promote a new lifestyle through group workout sessions, healthy cookouts, sports activities, and other various social activities.
Tri Beta Honor Society TriBeta is an honor society dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.
Ultimate Frisbee RPI's Ultimate Frisbee Team
Unanimity of Culinary Alliance By its establishment, UCA will provide opportunity of developing interest in cooking and appreciation of food, furthermore a healthy lifestyle of eating. UCA will definitely encourage communication among our diverse student society.
Uncontested! Step Team Uncontested! Step team is a performance team utilizing step, the method of dance involving precise hand and foot movement to create a rhythmic sound with historical roots in competitive Sorority and Fraternity life.
Undergraduate Council The Undergraduate Council unites and oversees the four undergraduate class councils. We act as the legislative body of the undergraduate class councils in areas not specifically dealt with by the Student Senate or the Executive Board. Finally, we represent the undergraduate body and serve as a forum for student concerns.
Union Annual Report Committee The UAR Committee works between the Student Senate and the Executive Board to publish a concise, yearly report summarizing the budget of the Rensselaer Union and its sponsored clubs and organizations.  The report also communicates the roles of the Rensselaer Union and the process of determining the Activity Fee for Undergraduate and Graduate students.  The committee's goal is to publicize the report and all Union developments and operations to the student body. The Union Annual Report Committee is a joint committee with the Student Senate and is tasked with producing the Union Annual Report. Each year, the committee improves and updates the existing UAR framework to reflect the Executive Board budgeting process. After publishing the UAR, this committee communicates its contents with the student body at large.
Union Show Techs An administrative organization for both Lights and Sound services provided during events.
UPAC Cinema UPAC Cinema shows movies on campus in DCC 308. For more information on movie schedules and the like check out our webpage at !
UPAC Comedy UPAC Comedy brings laughs to campus on a regular basis. We hire professional comedians to come perform for the campus community, free of charge to you! In the past, we have brought comedians, magicians, mind readers and hypnotists - help us pick our acts for the 2008-2009 school year! UPAC Comedy - we love to laugh, and we'd love to have you join us!
UPAC Concerts UPAC Concerts provides the RPI community with musical acts ranging from nationally touring performers to local and up-and-coming bands. We hold events such as our Battle of the Bands events, McNeil Room shows, and our annual national touring act concert.
UPAC General  
Volleyball The purpose of the Club is to promote the game of volleyball to the Rensselaer community at large and provide an equal opportunity for all community members to learn, practice, play, and compete in this non-contact, widely acclaimed sport. The goals of the Club are to raise the community's awareness of the great benefits of the sport; to promote consistent, fair volleyball play by adhering to [USAV] rules; and to reinforce in all its members the importance of the positive principles: participation, attitude, cooperation, and commitment
W2SZ HAM Radio The Amateur Radio Club of RPI.
Water Polo The water polo club offers the opportunity for the RPI community to participate in a great sport regardless of experience. Meet new people and stay in shape! 9-11pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Robinson pool.
Web Technologies Group The Web Technologies Group shall be responsible for promoting, implementing, and maintaining technological initiatives of the Student Senate. Its chair shall be responsible for assisting the Grand Marshal and Senate Committees in addressing their technological needs. It shall design and implement technological solutions to student concerns, collaborating with other committees and organizations as necessary. It shall contribute to Rensselaer Union homepage development efforts, and shall be responsible for maintenance and updates of all other Student Government web tools and services. It shall be responsible for historical cataloging of documents and information for a digital Student Government archive.
Weight Lifting The main purpose of this club is to gain a knowledge and insight into the world of weight training, and to make a more proactive Rensselaer. Along with weight training, proper nutrition and other exercise techniques must be implemented, in order to achieve the maximum benefit from lifting. The club is designed to advance both experienced and non experienced lifters through seminars, networking and coaching. This clubs focus is on Power Lifting, Olympic Lifting, Body Building, Strong Man training, Athletic Lifting and overall general weight training.
weR The Spirit of Rensselaer Society  
White Key The White Key Society was founded in 1939. It's objective is to recognize early leadership and service in Rensselaer activities among Freshmen and Sophomore Classes. The White Key award was developed to encourage these younger students to continue to strive for the ideals of leadership, service, and devotion to Rensselaer.
Wing Tsun Kung Fu Club  Provided
Women at Rensselaer Mentor Program .
The Women at Rensselaer Mentor Program is a community of like-minded students with a focus on supporting the transition of women-identified students to a male-dominated college campus, promoting   the development of academic and professional excellence, and learning to effectively address cultural stereotype bias.  WMP members exhibit the characteristics of compassionate and confident leaders who employ a growth mindset and emotionally intelligent leadership skills. WMP cultivates meaningful mentor-mentee relationships between first-year and upper class women through small group mentoring and larger community events. Social networking events and professional development workshops present opportunities to engage and learn from more senior peers, successful alumni and other practicing professionals and academics. Programming is intentionally designed to foster the aforementioned leadership characteristics and develop the skills, habits, and attitudes necessary to be successful at RPI and as a working professionals.
Women's Club Basketball  
Women's Club Soccer  
Women's Golf  
Wrestling Competitive wrestling in the NCWA. NCAA style wrestling practices daily and competes often.
WRPI WRPI is the campus radio station. We broadcast 365 days a year at 10,000 effective watts for up to 75 miles around RPI. Our studios are located on the first floor of the DCC. Our programming includes a wide range of alternative and experimental music, cultural and public affairs programs, live local bands, special events, and sports simulcasts.
Yu-Gi-Oh Club  
Zeta Beta Tau (Zebes) Zeta Beta Tau is a true non hazing / non-pledging fraternity. We believe that a brother is based upon his will to succeed and excel as a member of his university and fraternity rather than on the actions he would be forced to do. Zeta Beta Tau offers to its a members a chance to not only expand their social horizons, but to develop leadership skills, participate in philanthropic, sporting and community events, and to find out what true brotherhood means. RUSH ZBT.

Club Resources

All student organizations at Rensselaer may have questions that need answers regarding how to navigate RPI when it comes to room reservations, event insurance, travel, and more. Here are some resources for students to utilize while managing their student organization.


After taking the time to plan an event from start to finish, you'll want to make sure people attend your event. Learn about different avenues available for promoting your campus event by sending an email to Marketing.

Media Statement PDF

Event Coordination

Events take pre-planning, coordination, and promotion. Contact |insert contact here| for processes and suggestions on how to plan a successful event.

Facility Reservations

Rensselaer Union and RPI Athletics launched Virtual Event Management System in Fall 2014. To view available facilities, including meeting rooms, practice fields, and event spaces, visit

EMS Instructions PDF

Leadership Development

Club leaders and future leaders have opportunities available to them to develop their leadership skills through Rensselaer Union programming and programs run through the Archer Center.


Each Rensselaer Union club that receives a budget from the Rensselaer Union Executive Board must have a business manager, treasurer or other member in charge of club finance.

Club Finance Information PDF

Rensselaer Union Budget Policies PDF

EBoard Proposal Cover Sheet PDF

Activity Fee Waiver Request PDF


Each club needs to register with the Institute. Rensselaer Union keeps an updated list of registered student organizations. Clubs recognized by the Rensselaer Union, RPI Greek Life, on campus departments (academic and non-academic), are listed on the Rensselaer Union website after successfully registering with Rensselaer. To register your organization, fill out the online form and email a club logo to *Registration for the Activities Fair will register you for the current academic year

Starting A Club

Starting a club at Rensselaer is different depending on numerous factors. Find out more about how to start a club recognized by Rensselaer Union by referencing online materials and then stopping in to talk to a Student Activities staff member.

Rensselaer Union Club Policies PDF

Rensselaer Union Club Request Form PDF


Any club sports team or other Rensselaer Union organization budgeted to travel to competitions and events will need to follow Club Travel guidelines to successfully travel and receive reimbursement allotted within their club budget.

Club Travel Itinerary PDF

Concur Student Authorization Form PDF

Club Travel Guide PDF

Student Activities Resource Person (SARP)

Rensselaer Union clubs are each assigned a Student Activities Resource Person, or SARP. A SARP is a staff member assigned to clubs as a resource of institute knowledge and policy. These individuals may serve in an official capacity guiding students through paperwork, in addition, SARPs may act as advisors to student organizations, providing a sounding board to help student groups flush out new ideas and provide insight to best practices. Though student groups outside of Rensselaer Union may not be assigned a SARP, student organizations registered with the institute may still seek out these individuals for help and guidance from Rensselaer Union staff. To get help from a SARP, email

Work Orders

For Rensselaer Union organizations with physical spaces (offices, storage spaces, etc.) within the Rensselaer Student Union, please submit any work order requests online.

Storage Space Policy

All clubs who use Union storage space will need to follow the storage space policy.

Storage Space Policy PDF

Club Officer Training Policy

All RPI Union club officers need to follow the club officer training policy.

Club Training Policy PDF