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Campus Life

You may not have started your college education here, but you're a Rocket through and through! Learn about the ways you can get involved on campus and what life at UT is like.

Greek Life
Greek Life

Interested in a fraternity or a sorority?  The University of Toledo has over 30 organizations to engage students in a plethora of service, leadership, academic, and social endeavors all around campus. Learn more

Student Government
Student Government

The University of Toledo Student Government is your voice on campus. Discover more about Student Government initatives and how to become a member. Learn more

Yearly Events
Yearly Events

The University of Toledo hosts large annual events including Music Fest, Songfest, Homecoming, and the annual Dance Marathon.  Discover more about UT's yearly events and how to participate. Learn more

 

What to do between classes?

Student Union Lounge
Student Union

Whether you want to visit with friends or study in between classes, the Student Union has plenty of spaces. Grab a coffee at Starbucks, review your notes in the south lounge or find an empty chair to catch some zzz’s after your 8 a.m. course. Learn more

Carlson Library
Carlson Library

It has six floors of computers, journals, books, AV materials and more for your use. The Information Commons on the first floor has 150 computers and is open 24 hours a day, Sunday through Friday night. The library also has plenty of quiet cubicles, study rooms and laptop checkouts. Learn more

Rec Center
Student Recreation Center

Why not fit in a quick work out? Our Rec Center has basketball/volleyball courts, an rock climbing wall, exercise classes, weightlifting and cardiovascular machines, and an indoor track. Need a relaxing dip in the pool? The Rec has an Olympic-sized lap pool, a diving pool, hot tub and whirlpool areas, a sauna and a water slide. Learn more

 

One of the most common questions we hear is, "What is student life like on campus?"

The easy answer to that question is to visit our campus to experience it for yourself! (Click here to schedule a campus visit).  But here's our best attempt to describe it.

Average Weekday
Most UT classes start at 8 a.m. for those early birds who want to drive in, go to classes, and be done early. Around 11 a.m. to noon, the dining halls and restaurants on campus will start to fill up. Don't worry — there are plenty of grab-and-go options in the Union if you are heading to classes or leaving campus for the day. There are usually some programs or meetings (many with free pizza!) during this time. The busy places to hang out are in the Student Union and Carlson Library.

After 1 p.m., the afternoon is filled with more classes (including the first ones of the day for those of you who like to sleep in). If the weather's nice, you'll see students studying in Centennial Mall or tossing a football in the Flatlands. Some student organizations have meetings later in the afternoon, and most of the big, on-campus events and speakers will start around 7- 8 p.m. UT also has many classes after 5 p.m., so classrooms and hallways of academic buildings are still busy. By about 9 p.m., classes and activities are done for the day, with students driving home or returning to their res hall rooms.

Average Weekend
Sleep in — you've earned it after the long week! Campus is quiet, until most students emerge for brunch/lunch and then spend the afternoons studying or getting ready to head to a big event at UT (like Homecoming or Songfest) or to a football or basketball game on campus.
 
You'll also see your fellow UT students at the mall, movie theaters, nearby restaurants, Mud Hens games, the Toledo Zoo, Cedar Point Amusement Park, and more places.

Big Annual Events
We already described the average day-to-day activities, but here are some of the major annual events that form a big part of student life:
First Weeks UT — Get started at UT with movie screenings, free food and prizes, First Read book discussions and more.
Music Fest — Held the first week of classes, this all-day concert features performers from every genre, including a big national act to close the evening.
Homecoming — Take part in week-long activities and help crown a queen and king, enjoy free food, march in the parade and tailgate before the big game.
Songfest — UT’s second-oldest tradition is “American Idol” meets “Dancing With the Stars,” and student organizations all compete!
Dance Marathon — Head to the Rec Center and get moving and grooving 18 hours straight for charity.
International Village/Food Festival — Sample food from around the world and learn about other students’ cultures.

Student Organizations
UT has more than 200 student organizations for a variety of cultural, religious, social and academics interests, including Student Government and 19 fraternities and 13 sororities (some of which are housed on campus at McComas Village). See the complete list of student organizations at utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/osi/orglisting.html and learn more about Greek life at utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/osi/greek

Athletics
UT is a division 1 school and member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Students get in free to all home games with their Rocket ID, and our motto is "See you at the game!" Whether it's football in the Glass Bowl, basketball or volleyball in Savage Arena, or baseball and softball at the Scott Park fields, you'll have a blast cheering on your fellow Rockets!
See game schedules and read more at utrockets.com

Dining
The University offers students, staff/faculty and guest several dining options while on campus.  On Main Campus, you may choose from one of our all-you-can-eat dining halls, the relaxed atmospheres of our restaurants, or visit the Food Court in the Student Union for our retail dining.  Our retail dining includes KFC Express®, Magic Wok®, Pizza Hut Express®, Subway®, Starbucks®, and Croutons®.  In addition, we have over 150 vending machines throughout Main Campus.  With the wide variety of food options on campus you are sure to find the food that meets your cravings.  To learn more about on-campus and off-campus dining, visit utoledo.edu/mealplans/oncampus.html

Student Recreation Center
Why not fit in a quick work out? Our Rec Center has basketball/volleyball courts, a rock climbing wall, exercise classes, weightlifting and cardiovascular machines, and an indoor track. Need a relaxing dip in the pool? The Rec has an Olympic-sized lap pool, a diving pool, hot tub and whirlpool areas, a sauna and a water slide.

Awareness Weeks and Months
Throughout the school year, UT celebrates history, heritage and awareness months. Visit utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/oemss/events.html to see the list for the year, as well as the current month's events.

More ways to get involved
Visit the Office of Student Involvement's page at utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/osi

Last Updated: 3/23/15