Always wanted to go skydiving on the weekends? Have a hankering to wear a clown nose around campus? Are you an avid, but closeted, squirrel fan? While getting involved in normal school clubs like student government and the university newspaper may be your initial thought when you land on campus in the fall, why not branch out and join the weirdest club you can find? Every college student is unique, and these student organizations at universities across the country sure fit with that adjective.
Check out this list of some of the quirkiest college clubs we could find!
1. Happiness Club – Northwestern University
Always smiling? Always the perkiest one in your friend group? Glass half full type of girl? If you’re going to Northwestern, you’re in luck! The happiness club’s main mission is to spread happiness across campus in simple ways. They chalk streets, post funny pictures and give out free lemonade and hugs. It doesn’t get much better than that! Check out this great article about the club!
2. Squirrel Club - University of Michigan
“The University of Michigan campus has some really big squirrels—like HUGE—and some students started a Squirrel Club to feed the squirrels peanuts every week,” explained Sarah Smith, a University of Michigan student and Her Campus writer. The group even had "Michigan Squirrels" t-shirts created in the same style as an athletic team, which drastically increased their popularity. Heading to the great lakes next year? Check out the club’s website.
3. Sky-Diving Club - Virginia Tech
If you wish you had wings, this club may be perfect for you. Soar through air with these pro jumpers, who camp out at jump bases nearly every weekend. If you’re a newbie, head to a Whuffo meeting, meant for those who have never jumped before. The group also hosts plenty of social activities, which vary from get-togethers at bars to hanging out and making home-cooked meals. Check out their website for more information.
4. Concrete Canoe Club – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Though it may sound like an oxymoron, the engineers of this incredibly unique organization have found a way to make concrete float. In fact, they’ve even entered competitions nationwide and placed second at the 2011 National Concrete Canoe Competition in Evansville, Indiana. Pretty impressive! Intrigued? Visit their website.
5. People Watching Club – University of Minnesota
Self-labeled the “the most ethically controversial student group on the University of Minnesota campus,” this club is for those of you who love to observe others out and about. Founded in 2008 by recent graduate David Shaffer, the organization aims to “have as much fun as [they] can” by learning and interacting with people on and across campus. “I most enjoy the unique experiences that come with interacting with Minneapolis and campus subcultures. I feel like watching and participating in events held by obscure peoples have helped me to become a more worldly individual and to come to better understandings of race, class, gender, and non-mainstream interests,” said David. It’s as simple as it sounds – the group chooses events to attend, heads out to observe people and then discusses what they saw at their meetings. You can learn more about the group, which consists of about 25 students, at their website.
6. Wizards & Muggles – College of William and Mary
Harry Potter fanatic? As long as you aren’t apparating on school grounds you’re free to join the Wizards and Muggles club, complete with a Quidditch team that competes with other local schools. Divided into houses that compete for points throughout the year, this organization is no joke! For information about their meetings check out the group’s website. Not at CWM? Have no fear. Thousands of college students across the country have started Harry Potter fan clubs at their universities - just check out your school’s website to see if there's one you can join!
7. Clown Nose Club - North Carolina State University
If you’ve always wanted to join the circus, this club may be perfect for you. “The Clown Nose Club is all about challeng[ing] ourselves and others to take positive social risks in line with our philosophy of others,” reads the club’s official description. The group engages others around them by taking risks to redefine the norms of social interaction, so if sociology is your thing, definitely consider this club. Check it out here.
8. Cheese Club – SUNY Purchase
Are you a cheese aficionado? Want to spend your evenings with gouda, brie and cheddar? At this SUNY, the Cheese Club is certainly one of the most unique on-campus groups! During each meeting, members sample different cheeses and have discussions about them. Check out their Facebook group!