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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
CALS Clubs and activities

Clubs and activities of interest to CALS students

UVM has a long list of activities to engage students when they are not in the classroom. With over two hundred recognized UVM clubs , we strongly encourage students to find a variety of things to explore their interest, further their knowledge or just interact with other students.  Students launch new and exciting clubs every year.



The Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) fraternity isn't like other fraternities. AGR combines the characteristics of both social and professional fraternities. Members socialize with other students on campus and people in the community. The strong group of members shares a house and life-long camaraderie. All members of AGR have similar career interests. AGR is for men pursuing any career related to the agriculture, food or fiber industries. At AGR there is no pledging. All join as an equal members. AGR does a careful review of all potential members in advance, so there is no need to "weed out" prospects.

Alpha ZetaALPHA ZETA FRATERNITY - The Green Mountain Chapter

Alpha Zeta is an honorary fraternity for men and women in agriculture, life sciences and related fields. Members perform community service and develop leadership while being recognized for their commitment to these professions. The Green Mountain Chapter of Alpha Zeta was started in 1905. There are over 100,000 members around the world.


CALS REPS are students who represent all of the College's academic majors, research interests and interdisciplinary pursuits as well as serving as the Dean's Student Advisory group. They are active CALS recruiters, tour guides and helpful "near peers" to visiting high school students. They help first-year and transfer students transition from high school into the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. By their energy and goodwill they promote community within the College and are eager liaisons between CALS students and the CALS Dean's office. Their commitment extends beyond the campus as they promote the pursuit of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Vermont, New England, and throughout the nation.


Common Ground is 100% run by club members, all part of the non-profit student club recognized by UVM. Students get hands-on experience in crop production, soil conservation, and farm management. Those wishing to work on Common Ground farm work with Campus Kitchens to provide fresh, local veggies for weekly meals at the food shelf, have a fall produce stand on camps, fundraise with CSA shares, among many other opportunities.


This club promotes dairy farmers' importance to Vermont. Members compete at various agricultural events. They are noteworthy as the UVM Dairy cattle judging team competing against other universities and colleges at NESA (American Society for Animal Science Northeastern Affiliate, ADSA (American Dairy Science Association) and Eastern States Exposition. Dairy Club encourages 4-H members to enroll in UVM to continue their interest in animal sciences. The club is known for its friendly environment for students with the same interests to share ideas and meet business people who could lead them to career opportunities.


Riders interested in dressage compete at the interscholastic level on the UVM team. This team is a club sport that can earn rider 1 PEAC credit per year.



The equestrian team competes interscholastically in hunt seat equestrian on the feat and over fences. This team also has club sport status and can earn a student 1 PEAC credit per year.



This organization was founded in 1997 to bring students together interested in horticulture. It's open to students with no knowledge of horticulture but plenty of interest. And the club attracts non majors too. This is the group responsible for the beautiful gardens in the quad surrounded by Hills, Stafford and the Carrigan Wing buildings. Hort. Club members have been sighted tending greenhouse plants, starting mums and coffee trees, forcing bulbs (which is kinder than it sounds) and rooting house plants.


The pre-veterinary medicine major is a rigorous course of study for which not every student is cut out. So, it is of great inspiration and consolation for pre-vet students to have their own club. It is a place to get an edge on developments in the field, fraternize with successful industry professionals, and introduce students to mentors. It is a great setting to both learn and have fun.

Last modified September 25 2013 11:34 AM

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