Student Life and Engagement
Student Life and Engagement provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional development, both in and out of the classroom. Co-curricular programs and services range from cultural heritage activities to leadership, service and athletics. These activities make the college experience more than just a collection of courses and grades — it is also a time to explore career interests, develop lifelong friendships and take advantage of new opportunities.
Why Get Involved?
Getting involved in campus life provides you unique opportunities that will help you develop a variety of skills personally, academically and professionally. So be a student government leader, join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society or join a club! Participate in the wide array of online activities we have planned for you as well. Most important, stay connected with faculty, staff and other students. We are a community, and together we can help you reach your educational and career goals.
Getting involved in the arts gives students the opportunity to express their creativity and develop their skills among peers with common interests. Most of our campuses offer classes in dance, music, theater and visual art.
Visual Art - Whether you are looking for drawing, painting, photography or pottery classes, you will find many options available to you at Dallas College.
Dance - Check out our classes in ballet, modern jazz and hip-hop, as well as dance appreciation. Students conclude each semester with a dance concert.
Music - We train beginners and advanced students alike in voice, guitar, piano and other instruments. Campuses host weekly recital series featuring visiting artists, faculty and students.
Theater - We offer classes in acting, makeup and stagecraft and stage student performances year-round.
Athletics and Intramurals
Participating in athletics — or just supporting your campus teams — is a favorite part of college life for many students.
In collegiate sports, you can learn how to compete at an elite level. But you will also learn skills that can help you in all areas of your life. Through athletics, you can develop lifelong skills in fitness, collaboration, competition, teamwork and organization.
Even if you are not an athlete, try attending an athletic event or two. Support your friends on the team. You will have a greater sense of school belonging, pride and commitment.
Dallas College offers comprehensive intercollegiate athletics and intramural offerings. Intercollegiate athletic teams are sanctioned by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), which regulates intercollegiate athletics of community colleges. It is the community college counterpart of the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), which oversees athletics at four-year institutions.
The NJCAA's goal is to promote athletics as a valuable component of the educational experience at community colleges. It has 530 member colleges participating in 15 men's and 13 women's sports. Fifty national championships and nine NJCAA football bowl games occur annually.
The following sports are offered for student participation at Dallas College:
- Basketball (men's and women's)
- Soccer (men's and women's)
information about athletics at each of our campuses.
Clubs and Organizations
Each of our campuses offers clubs and organizations that cover a wide range of interests, including academic, religious, recreational, political and service pursuits. If you decide to join a club, you may enjoy being a member who attends the meetings and participates in club activities, or you may decide to take a leadership role and become an officer.
Visit our webpage to learn more about student club and organization opportunities at each campus.
Phi Theta Kappa
Founded in 1918 to give prestigious recognition to students with excellent scholarship and character, Phi Theta Kappa provides enrichment in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.
Inducted members are not only recognized for their outstanding academic achievements, but they also have opportunities to develop leadership and professional skills, earn scholarships and explore career paths.
Many scholarship opportunities are available to PTK students, including the USA All-American Scholarships and the Guistwhite Scholarship Program.
Visit our webpage to learn more about the Phi Theta Kappa chapters at your campus.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association supports the mission of the college and it is composed of elected representatives from the student body. Collectively, they are the voice of the students and promote co-curricular activities that enhance intellectual, physical, social and cultural atmosphere at each campus.
Visit their webpage to learn more about SGA at each campus.
Student newspapers are published on most of our campuses every two weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters, and they operate websites year-round. Many of our campus newspapers and student journalists are winners of the prestigious national Pacemaker Awards. Current staff members have also won such honors as Community College Journalist of the Year, national Story of the Year and the Buster Haas Minority Internship from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. Many former staffers have also advanced into professional communications careers.
Volunteerism and Service Learning
Service learning is a transformational learning experience that:
- Makes a connection between service and academic learning objectives.
- Is based on a reciprocal relationship in which service reinforces and strengthens your learning, and learning reinforces and strengthens your service.
- Gives you the chance to apply new skills and knowledge to real-life situations in your own community.
- Provides structured opportunities for you to reflect critically on your experiences.
- Helps you earn academic credit by demonstrating that you have learned through service, rather than just putting in the hours.
your campus Service Learning Coordinator to learn more about opportunities available to you.