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    CU students Ryan Kramer, left, and Byron Young work on a remote-controlled airplane with supplemental solar power underneath the wings. If you've ever wanted to design and build your own aircraft, Design Build Fly is the club for you.

  • Kathryn Scott Osler / The Denver Post

    The founders of CU's Humans vs. Zombies club thought it would be fun to get a bunch of people together, dress half of 'em like zombies and give the other half Nerf guns. And they were right.

  • Andy Cross / The Denver Post

    First, join CU's Swing Dance Club. Learn how the Lindy Hop, Jitterbug and Charleston. Then, flash mob DIA with your new friends and sweet moves. Or not. Whatever swings your thing.



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Ethical Hacking: Email

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In between studying for classes, make sure to take time to explore some of your own personal interests during college.

You can join hundreds of clubs at the University of Colorado and explore hobbies ranging from badminton to powerlifting.

There’s an exhaustive list of all the active student groups on campus on the Center for Student Involvement website, but we hand-selected a few fun clubs just to give you an example of the diversity of options at your fingertips.

Design Build Fly

Want to test your skills and design your own airplane? This is the club for you.

The Design Build Fly club participates in an annual competition organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

To prepare for the competition, members perfect their own radio-controlled, battery-powered airplanes to complete missions outlined in the competition rules.

Get some hands-on engineering experience and make some new friends.

Learn more by visiting the club’s website.

Ethical Hacking

If you join the Ethical Hacking club, you’ll learn about cybersecurity and the tools needed to fight against modern-day computer threats. This club hosts speakers from Boulder and Denver who are experts in network security. There are also hacking tutorial sessions and competitions.

Meetings are at 7 p.m. Mondays.

Learn more by emailing

Humans vs. Zombies

If you’re into the supernatural, don’t miss the Humans vs. Zombies club at CU.

You’ll play this modified tag game using Nerf blasters, tactics and teamwork to survive a fake zombie apocalypse. If you get tagged by a zombie player, you become a zombie, too.

The group holds large-scale events for CU students and alumni, as well as students at other schools. Sometimes up to 150 players show up!

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page or email

National Alliance for Mental Illness

CU student groups, such as the CU chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, also support advocacy work.

With help from its regional and national organization, NAMI at CU seeks to break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness. The group holds events, speakers and campus walks to emphasize the importance of mental health education.

This group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in Hellems 119.

Learn more by visiting the group’s Facebook page or emailing

Swing Dance Club

As the name suggests, the Swing Dance club at CU is all about spreading the joy of swing dancing.

You don’t have to be an experienced dancer to join this group, either. The club offers free lessons and hosts regular dances and formal events. You’ll also get your fill of live music, as the group collaborates with Boulder and Denver musicians.

Lessons are from 7 to 8 p.m. every Friday, followed by a social dance until 10:30 p.m.

Learn more by visiting the group’s website or emailing

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