Although academics are a central reason to attend college, it is equally important to meet people, develop social skills, belong to groups that interest you, get adequate exercise, and simply have fun.
Let us first describe the student organizations within the College of Computer & Information Science.
The Northeastern University Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery is a student group that is the hub of student-directed activities in the college. During Fall and Spring semester, NUacm sponsors a weekly lecture series that features interesting speakers from industry or from the open-source community. There is an occasional student or faculty talk as a change of pace. NUacm organizes GeekWeek which is a week of fun activities held in the evening. NUacm sponsors some food events such as a barbeque once each semester. Finally, NUacm maintains a large library of donated books that students may borrow as needed.
CISters is a group created with the intention of supporting and informing women who are interested in computer and information sciences. CISters sponsors evening meetings with invited women speakers in techical fields and these meetings often include dinner with the speaker so the students may have extensive conversations. Leaders in CISters are also often leaders in NUacm.
The CCIS Crew is the Volunteer Systems Group at CCIS. It is a group of self-motivated students (not a student group) that investigates new and potentially cool technologies, organizes and performs research & development for the CCIS Systems Group, and strives to improve and produce services that benefit the CCIS community.
There are 2 relatively new CCIS student groups that do not yet have web sites.
The NU Hacks group organizes hackathon events in which students work together to rapidly build projects. These events may take place on evenings and/or weekends. This group has a Twitter address
The Game Design Club is in its nascent stage.
In addition to the CCIS student groups, there is a vast array of student organizations at Northeastern. For the starting point to lots of information, go to NU Student Activities .