Student Interest Groups

Student Interest Groups (SIGs) provide opportunities outside the classroom for Cornish students to participate in educational, intellectual, interdisciplinary and cultural events and/or services to their members or the college. We encourage students at Cornish to join or form SIG to share mutual interests. If you are interested in helping to develop and participate in such groups, contact us.


Any current student can start a Student Interest Group!  Students have the opportunity to start a SIG twice each academic year at the beginning of each semester.

SIGs can be related to just about any topic or interest area, however, there are a few qualifications for all SIGs.

  • SIG membership must be open and available to all currently enrolled Cornish students.
  • SIG must not discriminate on any basis. This includes,but is not limited to, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, religion, sexual preference, marital status, physical or mental disability, age or veteran status.
  • SIG must not sponsor or conduct any activities that violate the Cornish conduct code, local/state/federal laws, or any event that would result in legal liability as to health and safety issues.

To start a SIG, students need to 

  • Identity for the group and its mission
  • Get the signatures of at least 6 other students who want to be a part of it
  • Create a budget proposal 
  • Find a faculty/staff member to act as the adviser for the group

Once granted, a SIG charter is valid for the remainder of the current school year.


SIGs are a great way to get involved and develop leadership skills.  To support Cornish students taking on these leadership roles and opportunities, the Office of Student Life provides many benefits to recognized SIGs.

  • SIGs and SIG leaders receive support and guidance from the CSLC Vice Chair and the Community Life & Engagement Coordinator
  • SIGs are able to raise funds 
  • SIGs can request funding from CSLC each semester
  • SIG events are advertised in the weekly Student Newsletter


Initially, SIG will be limited to a maximum of $200 per group, per semester. Requests for additional funds will be considered on a case-by-case basis only after the chartering application deadline has passed each semester.

No individual member of any SIG may personally profit from any activity affiliated with the SIG, use approved funds for any expenses unrelated to SIG needs or solicit funds for personal use from other SIG members.

Student Interest Groups