At Meiji Gakuin University, there are many student groups called “clubs” or “circles” which students with similar interests and enthusiasms join and where they actively carry out various activities. Approximately 130 groups are currently officially recognized by the university, from traditional ones which have grown along with the history of the university, to newly formed ones established by curious-minded students.
Among the varsity sports clubs are a lacrosse club, some members of which have gone on to play on the national team, and a baseball club that belongs to the Second Division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area University Baseball League.
Among the humanities-related clubs is the mixed chorus circle “Greenleaves” and the “English Speaking Society (ESS)” whose members boast advanced English conversation skills. There are also committees in charge of planning university festivals and events, including the “Shirokane Festival Executive Committee,” “Totsuka Festival Preparation Committee,” and “Freshmen Orientation Executive Council.”
Student volunteers on these committees take the initiative to plan and work toward campus-wide events in cooperation with the university. Having a great number of volunteer circles is another one of Meiji Gakuin’s unique characteristics. Their activities are wide ranging, from those who work closely with the local community, to overseas NGOs.
Experiences students gain through such extracurricular activities of clubs and circles can be invaluable. The university offers support to the autonomous efforts of these organizations by creating the necessary environment for them (e.g., maintaining their club rooms and athletic fields).
List of Student Organizations Approved/Supported by the University