Graduate Catalog

Student Life

The Office of Student Life is committed to the mission of Barry University and the Division of Mission and Student Engagement. The guiding philosophy of the Office recognizes that the development of the whole student is achieved through in-class and out-of-class learning opportunities and experiences provided through programs designed to enhance cultural, intellectual, leadership, personal, and professional development. When afforded these opportunities for learning and growing, students will graduate from the institution with a better understanding of themselves and their peers, as it relates to their organizations, chosen professions, and responsibilities as part of a larger community.

The Office of Student Life encompasses student organizations, leadership development, campus events and programs, club and organization governance, Greek life, Commuter Student Resources and Bucky the Mascot. The staff, through the implementation of student development theories in a variety of instructional settings, assists students in developing environments which enhance diversity, promote ethical and moral development, encourage civic engagement, promote the establishment of meaningful interpersonal relationships, and provide leadership and experiential learning opportunities.

Campus Events and Programming

While academics will be a major focus of any college career, the Office of Student Life at Barry University believes that a complete college education requires involvement in activities, events, and programs outside the classroom. Therefore, the center plays a major role in the social and educational programming throughout the campus. Campus Programs offer an array of programs to engage students and connect the entire campus community. The collection of programs vary from traditional programs such as Weeks of Welcome, Barry Community Fest, Martin Luther King Day of Service, and Homecoming, to Campus Activities Board events, and workshops offered by the Adventure Series: Mosaic: Culture and Creative Arts Series. The Campus Activities Board (CAB)—is a programming board within the Office of Student Life. CAB is a student-operated organization, which plans, coordinates, and implements many of the campus wide events and off-campus trips and events. CAB strives to provide dynamic and diverse programs and events that meet the needs and interests of the Barry University student community. Programs include evening entertainment such as bands, comedians, talent shows, and game shows.

Student Organizations

The opportunities for student involvement in campus activities are myriad. There are more than forty student organizations that meet the needs and interests of students. United by the Student Organization Council (SOC) and funded by the Student Government Association (SGA), these groups encompass a wide range of interests and welcome your participation. An annual listing of student organizations is available on Barry’s Student Web. ALL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO REGISTRATION RENEWAL

Fraternity and Sorority Life

The Greek organizations represented at Barry University are founded upon the principles of developing quality leaders through commitment to academic excellence, dedicated service to the University and its surrounding community, and the promotion of healthy and responsible social interaction while maintaining a unified Greek environment.

Greek affiliation is an excellent way to enhance one’s college career. Governed by the All Greek Council (AGC), Barry’s fraternities and sororities encourage interpersonal, academic, moral, ethical, and professional development through a wide range of leadership and involvement opportunities. The fraternities and sororities at Barry University include:

  • Alpha Delta Gamma Fraternity
  • Alpha Phi International Sorority
  • Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity

Commuter Student Resources

Commuter students currently comprise two-thirds of the Barry University student body. The purpose of services specifically designed for the commuter population is to meet the practical, social, academic, informational, and advocacy needs of all commuter students, including undergraduate, graduate, ACE, and off-campus site commuters. It also functions as a resource to commuter students about the university and local community.

Commuter Student Resources provides a variety of programs and services which are intended to enhance the commuter experience by broadening students’ knowledge of resources, events, services, and opportunities that will assist them during their college experience. Services include transit information, discounted metro passes and metro decals, locker rentals, carpooling, commuter meal plans, off-campus housing listings, a commuter lounge, and a private study area.