Whether you are about to enroll at a university course, or are halfway through your first year already; it’s not too late or too early to think about joining a student association. Do you want to discuss the topics of your course with fellow students? A student association is the ideal place to do it. Why? Every student association is made up of students, who all share similar interests. Therefore, they will be able to help you during your course. As a result, it is usually the place where you will form livelong friendships.
There are often different types of associations, including but not limited to:
Academic and Educational
These are the most common among all associations. Are you looking for people like you, following the same course? Academic and Educational associations are where you will probably find them.
Are you interested in environmental stability, or are driven by values including self-worth and generosity? If so, it’s recommended that you sign up.
Media and Publication
Are you creative? Media and Publication associations are often the associations that are responsible for the university newspaper. Since ‘Media’ is not limited to writing, it also includes animation, as well as radio.
Political or Multicultural
Do you want to find people who share your view on the world? In Political or Multicultural associations, you will find people who you share cultural and ethnic similarities with.
Recreation and Sport
From the most well-known, to lesser-known sports; you will often be surprised that there is an association for the sport you liked to practice.
All of us want our voices to be heard, but few actually make themselves heard. Do you want to have some form of input when the school’s board takes important decisions? If so, then you may want to sign up for a government student association.
Why should I join one?
Of course, the obvious reason is that you’d want to find people like you. That, in and by itself, already comes with a lot reasons to sign up. Aside from that, there are two other reasons why signing up is well worth your time.
However not the case in every student association, it’s likely that you will find people who are doing the same course that you are doing. By joining a student association, you will be able to learn from fellow students; sharing what you have learned, and learning from what other people have learned. Whether it is the option of having multiple perspectives when making an assignment, or insightful course material.
By being around people like you, socializing comes easier. At the end of your time as a student, your most valued memories are all linked to being with or around the people of your association. Being understood is undervalued and not too often pointed out as a benefit of signing up for a student association.
This list features 30 student associations from a variety of universities in Canada. In determining the rank of each, we looked at:
- Website: Is it well-structured, easy-to-understand, and up-to-date?
- Social Media: Is the page being kept up-to-date, how many people liked the page?
- Activities: We looked at what kind of activities are being organized, when was the last activity, and when is the next?
One student association in particular stood out to us and deserves an honorable mention. Exercise Science Student’s Association (ESSA) is an official member of ASFA Concordia and represents all 500+ students in Exercise Science (Major, Honours, Athletic Therapy and Clinical Exercise Physiology). With rigorous course loads and demanding internship schedules, ESSA hopes to diminish the stress and enrich the student experience. Academic success is important to them and this is why they provide a healthy balance of both academic and social initiatives. They also promote and expose students to other faculties and even other universities when possible to enrich the networking opportunities for everyone.
- CASA | Commerce and Administration Student Association (Concordia University)
CASA provides the opportunity for students to practice what they’ve learned. While you’re practicing, you will make lasting friendships at the same time.
- ENGSOC | The Engineering Society (University of Waterloo)
ENGSOC aims to aide all engineering undergraduate students both socially, academically, and professionally.
- UBCSUO | University of British Columbia Students’ Union Okanagan
UBCSUO is an independent, autonomous student association. They provide resource centers and legal aid for students.
- AFSA | Accounting & Finance Student Association (University of Waterloo)
AFSA is composed of students in Accounting & Financial Management, as well as other courses. They aim to meet the specific needs of their students.
- UBCA | University of British Columbia Athletics
Whether you practice football, baseball, or basketball, put on your jersey on yell ‘Go Thunderbirds!’.
- MES | The McMaster Engineering Society
MES owes its red and yellow colors to all the passionate, driven, and caring individuals who volunteer their time to the organization.
- APSS | The Association of Political Science (University of Toronto)
APPS hosts a variety of activities, including but not limited to round table discussions, guest lectures, and academic seminars.
- DCS | DeGroote Commerce Society (McMaster University)
DCS provides various value-adding academic, social, and degree-enhancing experiences for her members.
- UPS | Undergraduate Pharmacy Society (University of Toronto)
UPS provides pharmacy students the opportunity to alter and influence direction of pharmacy. Therefore, they learn about and shape their profession.
- UWOC | University of Waterloo Outers Club
UWOC is a group of outdoor enthusiasts who focus on activities throughout all 4 seasons.
- UBCEA | University of British Columbia Esports Association
UBCEA facilitates the opportunity to interact and communicate with other gamers, both offline and online.
- ASFA | The Arts and Science Federation of Associations (Concordia University)
ASFA aides students with general artistic interests, as well as appreciation.
- UBCS | University of British Columbia Sororities
UBCS helps you to make the most out of your life as a student. They bring you into contact with friends that you’ll have for life.
- UTSB | The University of Toronto Sports and Business Association
UTSB brings speakers out of the sports industry closer to the students, including industry professionals.
- WIC | Western Investment Club (University of Toronto)
WIC’s primary mandate is to educate all students on the skills needed to become a value investor.
- WOVS | University of Western Ontario Vegan Society
WOVS provides creative, nonviolent vegan education. They work towards a peaceful world, free from violence towards all animals.
- BSA | Biology Student Association (Concordia University)
BSA aims to connect biology undergraduate students. They want to enrich their experience through social, intellectual and interactive academic events.
- MSA | Muslim Student Association (University of Western Ontario)
MSA aims to create an inclusive environment for interested in learning about Islam.
- MUNSS | The McMaster University Nursing Students Society
MUNSS is an association for all those who love all things related to nursing.
- MHS | The McMaster Humanities Society
MHS provides events, opportunities, guidance and political voice to all humanities students.
- UWODS | University of Western Ontario Debate Society
UWODS encourages and facilitates the acquisition and refinement of public speaking skills.
- MSSS | The McMaster Social Sciences Society
MSSS aims to enhance to experience of undergraduate students at McMaster University.
- MSA | Medical Students’ Association (University of Alberta)
MSA oversees the interests of all medical students at the University of Alberta. They look for contributing members to a thriving community.
- UBCDS | University of British Columbia Debate Society
UBCDS has been around for over a century, and has since 1902 been a lively, competitive community. It is dedicated to the art of debating and persuasive speaking.
- HASA | The History of Art Students’ Association (University of Toronto)
HASA provides a profound place where undergraduate students in Art History can talk and discuss all things related to art.
- MACSA | McMaster Catholic Students Association
MACSA is a spiritual group of students who live to bring the Gospel of Love to the student community.
- WCM | Western Chamber Music (University of Western Ontario)
WCM is an association passionate about their love of music, and aims to enrich students’ musical experience.
- MASSA | Mathematics Actuarial Statistics Student Association (Concordia University)
MASSA provides a mentoring program, a tutoring program, as well as new calculators for a discounted price..
- HSSA | Health Sciences Students’ Association (University of Alberta)
HSSA provides students with the opportunity to develop themselves and understanding of the various health disciplines’ training.
- JCSA | Japan Canada Student Association (University of Toronto)
JCSA provided the opportunity to learn the intimidating language of Japanese. Students learn through the practice of speaking it to each other.