Getting Involved

Participating in a student organization can enhance your academic success and your enjoyment of your time here. While academics always come first at Tisch, extracurricular activities can expand your horizons and help you develop leadership skills that serve you throughout your career.

There are a variety of Tisch clubs and student organizations - find them here!

Student Government

Tisch has both a graduate and undergraduate student council. The councils are the student governing bodies for the Tisch School of the Arts and serve as the students’ voice to the administration, faculty, and University Senate. 

Tisch Undergraduate Student Council

The Tisch Undergraduate Student Council (TUSC) is the undergraduate student governing body for the Tisch School of the Arts and is composed of elected students from the Tisch undergraduate community. TUSC serves as the students’ voice to the administration, faculty, and University Senate. TUSC runs a number of student events throughout the year, co-sponsors club and community events, allocates money to Tisch clubs, helps plan Orientation, and coordinates the undergraduate team for the All-University Games. TUSC is always happy to review proposals for new clubs to enable an evolving, ever-growing Tisch community. 

The Graduate Student Organization

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is the main programming body for graduate students at Tisch, working to connect and foster collaboration among Tisch graduate students. GSO sponsors programs such as social and networking events and guest speaker presentations. In the spring, GSO oversees a grant program to support collaborative projects at the graduate level that are created for the Tisch community.

Starting a Tisch Club

The Tisch Office of Student Affairs is available to help you turn your ideas for a new club into a reality. Here's how to get started.

Steps to creating a Tisch club

Make an appointment in the Tisch Office of Student Affairs with the assistant director of student affairs, Caroline Papocchia, by calling (212) 998-1900.

At this meeting, you will discuss the purpose and objectives of your club and will be provided with the necessary information to begin the recognition process.

For this meeting:

  • Prepare a proposal/mission statement that outlines the purpose of your club. Include your club's name and the names of the intended club officers. You will need at least four (i.e., president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer).
  • You will also need to find an advisor for your club. The advisor acts as a facilitator and liaison for the needs of your club in executing goals, objectives and programs. The advisor must be a Tisch faculty member or administrator.

“The sheer amount and variety of Tisch clubs just goes to show how vastly talented and diverse the NYU community is. Tisch clubs are a great way for students with a specific interest to explore their craft and share it with other students.” - Peter Kelly, former president of Hammerkatz