May 31, 2016

Straight Outta Q&A: Starting a Student Club

While the questions we hear in our on-campus Q&A session (part of every prospective student visit) can run the gamut, some stick out as being really insightful and others we hear over and over again. Wouldn’t it be great if we could share those answers with all prospective students? We think so! Enter a new blog series, "Straight Outta Q&A." 

Tuck 360 is awesome, but make sure you join us live too. Visits and interviews will begin again in September—create a Tuck profile and you’ll be notified when registration is open. For now, here's a great question that's come up more than once. Keep an eye out for more posts “straight outta Q&A,” during the 2016-2017 admissions cycle! 

Q: If there’s interest in a student-club that doesn’t currently exist, can students start a new one?

Club Reps on the Student Board, Tory Bratt T’17 and Giuliana Vetrano T’16, weigh in below.

A: Yes!

Tuck has over 75 student-run clubs and organizations. These include career clubs, sports teams, cultural affinity groups, service organizations, social clubs, special interest groups, and leadership teams for major campus events, such as Winter Carnival.

Even with this many clubs, Tuckies are constantly thinking of new activities, initiatives, and learning opportunities to rally around. The Student Board and MBA Program Office encourage diversity and inclusiveness in all student clubs and events, and students are always welcome to apply for funding to launch a new club or plan a new event that will enrich the Tuck community.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, the Tuck Student Board approved three new clubs: Design Club, Tuck Film Society, and the Cheesemongers—a trio that represents the variety of interests in the Tuck student body.

To receive approval for a new club, the club sponsors are required to draft a charter stating their purpose and proposed role in the community, demonstrate student support for the club, and present the club idea to the Student Board. The Student Board then votes to approve or deny club establishment. If a club is approved, it receives probationary status for the first year, meaning it must request ad hoc funding from the Student Board to fund its events and activities. If the probationary year proves to be successful, the club receives an allocated budget during the spring budget cycle.

Tuck’s clubs are an essential part of our close-knit community. The club system reflects not only the enormous creativity and enthusiasm of Tuckies, but also the dedication of Student Board members and the support of the school administration.