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Clubs, Activities, and Athletics

You won’t be bored—inside or outside the classroom. Join a club, or start one; enjoy a performance, or get on stage. Downtime is all about options for your active, well-rounded self to get moving and get involved.


Talk to a student about the activities they love most.

Bored is not an option

students and faculty in motorcycle clubYou’ll stay busy at Simon’s Rock. We offer a packed calendar of lecture and performance series, forums and conferences, visits from renowned artists and scholars, plus campus-wide social events like dances and open mics, talent shows, and trivia contests. We have a strong core of active student organizations—the literary journal, the jazz ensemble, the chamber orchestra, the multicultural students organization, the queer-straight alliance—and a long, changeable list of groups that depend on student interest and often grow into something big and important; the community organic garden is a recent example. Our Community Council brings together students, faculty, and staff to administer a budget, coordinate campus activities, and take a major role in deciding campus policy.

And athletics? We’re serious about athletics—but not in the usual way. We treat athletics and the conscious use of the body as an integral part of a sane, healthy life. In fact, they’re part of our core curriculum through our Active Community Engagement (ACE) requirement. We field competitive intercollegiate teams in soccer, basketball, and swimming, and the Kilpatrick Athletic Center hosts a wide array of classes.