College will go by in a flash, and we want you to have more than a diploma to show for it. Campus involvement is essential to fostering a sense of belonging and making connections that will last far beyond spring commencement. Below are just a few of the ways our students make their mark while at USA.
Join a club (or start your own)
USA’s student organization offerings vary widely from professional organizations (ones relating to majors) to extracurricular activities like lacrosse and karate. From archery to meteorology, South Alabama has more than 200 clubs and organizations, but if you have a passion for something not already at South, you can create your own club or organization!Write for the Vanguard
Since 1965, the Vanguard has been the only official student newspaper of the University of South Alabama. The paper comes out every Monday from August to May. The Vanguard is comprised of a large student staff with a faculty advisor. If you’re interested in communications or journalism, the Vanguard would be an ideal way to gain valuable experience and get to know fellow students with common interests.
Be a part of Student Government
USA’s Student Government Association strives to be the voice of the student body. If you love a leadership role, there’s no better place for you than SGA. Have dreams of becoming a judge? The Judicial branch of South’s SGA is comprised of a Chief Justice, an Attorney General, and 10 Associate Justices. There are also Executive and Legislative branches, as well. SGA holds regular events promoting the interests of the student body, and their meetings are open to all members of the USA community.Become a JagPAL/CompPAL
Are you on top of your academic game? Become a JagPAL. There are a couple different ways you can do this. JagPAL and CompPAL mentors are paid positions that assist faculty in first year experience (FYE) and English Composition I (EH101) courses. As a PAL in this role, you’d attend each meeting of the class and act as a mentor to the enrolled students. In EH101 courses, you hold weekly workshops with the students to assist students with their writing assignments. In FYE courses, you’ll serve as a liason for the enrolled freshmen and provide students with information about adjusting to college, study tips, campus life and events. If you prefer to work one-on-one with students, you can become a JagPAL tutor (also a paid position) and hold “office hours” to assist students work in their various subjects.
Get active with Intramurals
You don't have to be a student athlete to play sports at South Alabama. Our intramural program offers flag football, soccer, cricket, rugby, ultimate frisbee and rock climbing, to name a few. South has specific fields dedicated to these intramural sports for students who want to participate in a little friendly competition.