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Life at MBKU

Life outside of class on the Marshall B. Ketchum University campus can be as rich and fulfilling as you want it to be, thanks to our stimulating array of co-curricular clubs, associations and student activities. Each offers a unique environment for personal and professional growth.

On-Campus Student Achievement Center 

Dr. Lorraine Voorhees Student Achievement Center Resource Room

We founded the Student Achievement Center (SAC) to help our talented, high-achieving students maximize their learning potential. SAC events and services are advertised via campus flyers, social media pages, MBKU email and online MBKU student dashboard.

The SAC resource room is your one-stop-shop for a quiet place to study, meet with a tutor/Peer Advisor/study group, and/or grab some candy. The resource room has a variety of personal and professional reading material, a large whiteboard, and device charging station.

MBKU Student Government Association

Campus involvement is ingrained as part of the student culture at MBKU. Each class is represented by an annually-elected class cabinet along with Student Government Association officers (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and committees) to represent the student body. Elections occur each spring – not including first-year class cabinet elections that take place each fall.

Every student is a member of the Student Association and also a member of the national professional organization of the respective Program’s choice. Optometry students are members of AOSA, PA students are members of AAPA and Pharmacy students are members of APhA-ASP. The Student Government Association umbrella also includes all other student organizations and clubs (the list grows every year). Visit Presence (, our campus engagement platform, to learn more about the below organizations and clubs.


  • Drug Research & Presentations Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Health Professionals
  • Muslim Student Association
  • OC MBKU Lions Club
  • American Academy of Optometry (AAO)
  • American Optometric Student Association (AOSA)
  • Beta Sigma Kappa - International Optometric Honor Society
  • Contact Lens Special Interest Group
  • National Optometric Student Association (NOSA)
  • Omega Delta (OD)
  • Private Practice Club (PPC)
  • Spanish Optometric Society (SOS)
  • Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH)
  • Vision Development & Training Club
  • Vision Rehabilitation Club
  • Pre-PA Mentorship Club
  • Student Academy of AAPA (SAAAPA)
  • American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists (AAPP)
  • California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP)
  • California/American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (C/APhA)
  • Future Pharmacists of America-Mentorship Association (FPhA-MA)
  • Phi Delta Chi - Delta Lambda Chapter
  • Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) - Epsilon Pi Chapter

To see all the events we have on campus, check out our Student Life Calendar on Presence.


Events for Students, By Students
Many events on campus are developed and hosted by students! MBKU has large annual traditions and many smaller events which happen throughout the year and cater to a wide variety of interests. If you have an idea for an event, we’d love to help you get it off the ground. Contact your class board, your favorite student club or attend a Student Government Association meeting to pitch your idea.
Career Development Services
MBKU sets up students for success through various career development services. These include online job boards, seminars and additional student dashboard resources. Learn more about them below.