Campus Life

Want better grades? Get involved! It’s true: Studies show you’re more likely to earn higher grades when you’re involved. You’ll also have a more fulfilling college experience, build a community of peers, and develop professional networks. Involvement at the UA isn’t like high school extracurriculars. Here, you’ll explore, lead, plan, budget, create, and apply what you've learned in class. Our recommendation? Join a club, explore a leadership program, find a great research or internship opportunity, land a job, expand your horizons, and attend CALES student events!

Student Clubs

What are you passionate about? With more than 40 student clubs in CALES (listed below) and hundreds of additional UA student clubs, you’ll likely find something matches your interests.

  • Agricultural and Resource Economics Club (AREC Club) - open to any student, professor, alumni, or business professional who is looking to explore the educational and professional opportunities that lie within applied economics and all other interrelated fields.
  • Alpha Gamma Rho - a national social and professional agricultural fraternity
  • Biosystems Engineering Club (BEC) - dedicated to the introduction and exploration of biosystems engineering through club activities including guest speakers, tours, and design projects related to controlled environment agriculture, biofuels, tissue engineering, and watershed engineering
  • Cienega Club - students who see water as a limiting and limited resource and care about water use, the water cycle, the role water plays within the ecosystem
  • Collegiate Livestock Grower’s Association
  • Collegiate Equestrian Team
  • Collegiate 4-H - dedicated to promoting leadership through hands on activities and social interaction by providing a sense of identity on campus, increased personal development skills, and offering students an opportunity to volunteer
  • Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers
  • Controlled Environmental Agriculture Student Association (CEASA) - for students interested in hydroponics and controlled environment agriculture while applying innovative engineering concepts
  • Human Development and Family Science Ambassadors - a focus on philanthropic efforts and outreach to educate students about the benefits of service in the community, provide for families in need, and build relationships among faculty, students, alumni, and community
  • Life Sciences Student Association - dedicated to conveying the importance of plants in our world and sustainability through teaching about the care of plants from seed to harvest
  • Microbiology Club - motivated to expand the knowledge of microorganisms to any curious fellow human
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) - a nationally recognized organization focused on professional development in the field of agriculture
  • Nutritional Sciences Club - devoted to nutrition education, outreach, and awareness both on campus and in the local community
  • Pre-Veterinary Club
  • Retail Entrepreneurship Club
  • Rodeo Club
  • Sigma Alpha - professional agricultural sorority
  • Soil, Water and Environmental Science Club - educating students about the environment and connecting our members with community and national organizations
  • Student Advisory Board (Retailing)
  • Take Charge Cats - we create financially informed Arizona by providing educational outreach to Tucson high schools and community organizations
  • Tierra Seca
  • TREND - where business meets fashion
  • VIDA/CARES Volunteer Organization - helping fellow human beings and animals by bringing people together through service-learning to make this world a better place
  • Wildlife Diseases
  • The Wildlife & American Fisheries Society - interact with professionals, better the environment and promote conservation, meet new people, learn useful skills, and have fun!

Leadership Programs

Explore one of the three CALES leadership programs: CALES Ambassadors, Dean's Leadership 50, and Peer Mentors. As a member you’ll have a great experience, participate in leadership training, and earn a 100% Engagement notation. The timeline for member recruitment varies. All CALES students are encouraged to apply!

  • As student recruiters, CALES Ambassadors develop outstanding public relations skills while being the face of the college to prospective students and their families
  • Peer Mentors, affectionately known as CALES PALS, are an ally and coach who use their in-depth training to champion the academic and individual success of their mentees

Research & Internship Opportunities


  • Find an on-campus job (including Federal Work Study positions)
  • Looking for a full-time off-campus job in your field? The CALES Career Center curates a custom database of employment opportunities in the following fields: commerce, health professions, helping profession, science & technology, sustainability, and traditional agriculture.

Study Abroad

Adventure can earn you course credit. CALES offers several faculty-led study abroad opportunities (listed below) or visit UA Study Abroad for a complete list of available programs.

Student Events

We host numerous student-focused events each year because being connected to the college is important. Each fall semester we host a New Student Welcome, Student Club Fair, and a Fall Harvest Celebration. In the spring semester, we celebrate Student Appreciation Days and our Senior Sendoff. Check the Student Events webpage for a list of all events!