Office of Student Life

Getting Involved at UCSB

College is More Than Going to Class,
Get Involved!

Now is the time to explore your interests and have fun at the same time. There are many opportunities for you to get involved in research, activities, campus organizations, and student government. Our Gaucho Student Leaders typically engage in at lease an hour of co-curricular involvement a week. Here are five of the most important reasons why you should get involved.

  1. Build community.
  2. Meet new people. 
  3. Build your resume. 
  4. Learn new things. 
  5. Develop stronger personal skills.

It's Never Too Late to Get Involved!


Getting Involved in Campus Organizations

It's as easy as 1... 2... 3!

More than 500 organizations register with the Office of Student Life each year. These student, staff and faculty-run organizations are a cornerstone of community life at UCSB. Campus Organizations are listed on OrgSync, a website where you can keep track of all of your organizational involvement and take advantage of several features including an campus activities calendar, a co-curricular involvement record and e-Portfolio, and other productivity tools.

To browse or search registered campus organization profiles without logging in to OrgSync, click "Browse Organizations" on the left-hand side of this page.

To access OrgSync and join or create organizations, follow these simple steps:

1. Activate your OrgSync Account

Click "Access OrgSync" in the top of this page to access the OrgSync login screen. You will be prompted to use your UCSB NetID and password. The first time you log in, you will be asked to complete your campus profile, which includes demographic questions. These demographics will never appear in your OrgSync profile or be accessible to other OrgSync members. Only OSL staff members can access this information, which is used in aggregate for assessment purposes. (Note: Once you activate your OrgSync account, you will be able to adjust your privacy and notification settings.)

2. Access your OrgSync Community Home

Whenever you log in to OrgSync, you will be taken to your Community Home, which includes important campus links, upcoming events, and updates from your organizations.

3. Join or Create Organizations

To join an existing organization, search for it using the search box on your Community Home or click the "Organizations" tab where you can search for organizations, browse by first letter, or browse by organization category. From the Organizations tab, you can also begin the registration process for new registered campus organizations.

If you have any questions about joining OrgSync and getting involved, please contact the OSL Activities Advisors at (805) 893-4569 or

Getting Involved at UCSB

More than 300 organizations register with the Office of Student Life each year. These student, staff and faculty-run organizations are a cornerstone of community life at UC Santa Barbara.

To get involved, visit the Activities Web site at

The programs hosted by the Leadership Development Center are just a few of hundreds of opportunities for involvement and leadership development at UCSB. In addition to participating in the programs that fit their development interests, student leaders are encouraged to seek out other departmental, campus and community leadership opportunities. Listed below are some of our most frequent recommendations.


Campus Leadership Collective

Student Affairs maintains a directory of student leadership positions on campus. Of course, no list can exhaust the opportunities for involvement and leadership! You are encouraged to contact departments and organizations of interest or the staff of the Leadership Development Center to locate leadership opportunities.

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Associated Students

A. S. is the undergraduate student government at UCSB. The tens of boards, committees and commissions address hundreds of campus issues every year. There's no doubt that you can find a place to express your voice in Associated Students!

Community Affairs Board

The Community Affairs Board (CAB) is an official board of the Associated Students comprised of active students who work to bring the campus and community together through service. If you are looking for community service opportunities, look no further! Sign up for CAB's Care Mail listserv, an excellent source of volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Leadership Education & Action Program

LEAP provides freshmen, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a variety of future goals, intensive leadership training and access to leadership opportunities. Freshmen apply during fall and twelve students are chosen based on their potential for development. LEAP is offered by the Office of First-Year Programs in conjunction with the Leadership Development Center.

Office of Student Life

Think of OSL as your one-stop shop! Its knowledgeable staff is always willing to help you and guide you to the appropriate campus resource. Student Life hosts a variety of student services including campus organization administration, community development, emergency assistance, first-year programs, Greek organization administration, leadership development, special events and more.

Activities Faire/Club Day

This event is the easiest way to learn about student organizations, meet members and get involved with the organizations that interest you. Hosted annually by the Office of Student Life.

Activities/Campus Organizations

This web site will connect you with all of the information you need to join an established org, create a new org, and successfully lead and administer an org. Based on the tremendous success of UCSB's student organizations in past years, it is easy to say that these student organizations are truly capable of creating lasting change in our local and global communities. And with more than 300 organizations registered annually, it's also safe to say that UCSB is ripe with opportunities for co-curricular involvement in almost every area of interest imaginable!