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A Club for Every Interest

At Southwest Baptist University, your education extends beyond the classroom. You can explore 35 student-led clubs and organizations from academic and professional organizations to performance groups and social awareness groups. There are plenty of options for you to find what best suits your interests. Before you know it, you’ll have made new friends, tried new things, ignited new passions, and learned skills you never considered. Get to know everything SBU has to offer.

Dorian Woodson
"There are tons of awesome events at SBU hosted by various clubs and organizations that are perfect for bonding with your friends or even making new ones! Personally, some of my favorite memories at SBU were the impromptu gatherings with friends. We'd spend the night playing games, Spikeball, watching movies, or just talking the night away. It was always a blast!"
Dorian Woodson
Digital Marketing Major

Student Leadership Clubs

Become part of student organizations focused on making an impact on campus events and happenings. You’ll learn how to plan, lead, and take initiative on projects. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Student Association (SA)—SA's mission is to "Inform. Impact. Involve." SA informs students about what is happening and informs the administration about students' ideas; positively impacts the SBU experience for both current and future students; and involves students outside of the classroom.
  • University Activities Council (UAC)—Composed of four areas of leadership and service: Campus Activities, Major Events, Integration of Faith and Culture, and Publicity.
  • Welcome Week—SBU's new-student orientation event is student-led and organized, allowing current SBU students the opportunity to guide and mentor new students through their transition to SBU.

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Spiritual Life and Ministry

Enrich your spiritual journey by finding faith communities aligned with your interests. Attend weekly services, serve others locally and aboard, and develop a stronger relationship with Christ through action. Take a look at a few groups to you should consider: 

  • Center for Global Connections—The CGC provides service and mission opportunities throughout the year locally and around the world.
  • Locamente—Student-led prayer and worship service are held weekly on Thursdays at 10 p.m. at Randolph Chapel.
  • The Table—This is a weekly college ministry on campus involving worship, studying the Word, discipleship, prayer, and accountability small groups.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes—SBU student-athletes, coaches, and other students are invited to participate in Bible studies and activities through FCA.
  • KLIFE—SBU students have the opportunity to lead in youth discipleship opportunities in Polk County through KLIFE club meetings and small groups.

Performance Groups

Take part in musical and theatre productions by acting, building sets, curating behind the scenes, or participating any of the many ways needed to bring these events together. Or show off those oratorical skills by participating in debate. 

  • Forensics (Speaking Bearcats)—SBU's speech and debate team has won 12 national championships and numerous other awards.
  • Music ensembles—Both music and nonmusic majors are invited to audition for a variety of choral and instrumental ensembles.
  • Theatre—Participate in all aspects of theatre arts, with an average of two stage productions per year.

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Be sure to attend the org fair!

The campus organization fair is the best place for you to see all of our clubs and activities in one spot. Meet club members, see what events each organization will be hosting and make new friends along the way. We host one each semester, so be on the lookout for more information. 

Social Awareness Clubs

Ready to discuss the state of the world and the challenges we can work together to overcome? These are the sort of clubs you can expect by working around social awareness. Here are the clubs you should consider:

  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Freedom Club
  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute

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Special Interest Group

There are plenty of clubs and activities for you to get involved with on campus. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Meet up with like-minded students and start your own. 

  • Army ROTC
  • Black Student Union
  • Disc Golf Club
  • Esports club team
  • Fencing Club
  • Horizons Project
  • Infuse Student Media
  • International Club
  • Intramural Sports
  • Maker Club
  • Rock Wall Club
  • Stitch the Stress

Academic and Professional Organizations

Professional Groups

  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)—Collegiate
  • Financial Management Association (FMA)
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • JumpStart
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Apologetics Club
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Council
  • Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA)
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Council

Academic Clubs

  • Apologetics Club
  • Association of Computing Machinery
  • BACE (Baptist Association of Christian Educators)
  • Behavioral Sciences Club
  • Biology Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Pre-Health Society
  • run2Win peer academic mentoring
  • SBU Ambassadors
  • Sentrepact
  • Social Work Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Criminal Justice Society
  • Symphonic Winds Council

Honors Societies

  • Delta Mu Delta (business honors society)
  • Lambda Phi Eta (Communications)
  • Mu Kappa
  • Phi Alpha (social work honor society)
  • Psi Chi (psychology honors society)
  • Sigma Zeta (science and math honor society)
  • Theta Alpha Kappa (theology honor society)

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