The college offers a broad array of student activities and recreational opportunities. As a non-residential campus, Goodwin ensures that its diverse student body has numerous opportunities for enhancing growth and development.
The goals of the student organizations are: (I) to ensure that the educational potential of the extra curriculum is realized; (II) to facilitate cohesion and social interaction; (III) to enable students to maximize their college experience; (IV) to instill a sense of civic responsibility; and (V) to help students harness transferable leadership skills.
The Student Government Association (SGA), which meets on a regular basis, provides general support and guidance to the various student clubs and organizations at Goodwin College. It also provides a forum for the expression of student views and interests. Its officers provide official representation of the student body to the Board of Trustees, the Administration, faculty, staff and the broader community.
Students are encouraged to organize activities that provide leadership, enrichment, leisure, and fitness. Some of the special interest organizations are affiliated with academic departments, such as Early Childhood Club, Respiratory Care Club, Environmental Science Club, Human Services Club, Student Dental Hygiene Association, and the Student Nursing Association. Other organizations include the Crew, W.A.V.E., Veteran's Club, Gaming Club, Photography Club, Fitness Club, the Outdoors Club, as well as others. Student volunteers support sponsored activities organized by recognized community-based agencies such as FoodShare, CT Forum, Hartford Marathon, Rebuild Together and the American Red Cross. Recreational opportunities include basketball, flag football, soccer and Dragon Boat Racing. There are various annual events that take place which bring students and their families to campus. Students regularly present ideas for new activities and events that help to guide and direct our engagement programming. Please see the engagement website for more information: http://www.goodwin.edu/student-engagement/
The institution has a Beta Rho Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, which recognizes and encourages high scholarship. The advisor from the Registrar’s office confers membership on selected students who meet the criteria for eligibility to this distinguished organization. The inductees are expected to maintain their academic performance and to contribute to the institution through service-learning activities. An annual awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of students in each of Goodwin's honor societies.