Southern College of Optometry students actively participate in the life of the College. Some of the most recognized names in organized optometry today got their start in an SCO student organization.
The Student Government Association takes an active role in helping to set the course for the College. It recommends policies, and its president is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees.
SCO students are active participants in the American Optometric Student Association, the student equivalent of the American Optometric Association.
One of the more popular student organizations is the Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH). Through SVOSH, about eighty students travel each year to Central America for 10 days to help provide vision care. This challenging, yet rewarding, program is partially sponsored by the Lions Clubs of America, and students lodge with Lions Club families.
There are also numerous organizations to match students with others of similar interests, whether they be religious, humanitarian, or purely social. These include:
- Student Government Association
- Beta Sigma Kappa
- Gold Key Society
- Student Ambassador Program
- Who's Who
- National Optometric Student Association
- Contact Lens Society
- State Clubs
- Sports Vision Society
- College of Optometrists in Vision Development
- American Optometric Student Association
- Fellowship of Christian Optometrists
- Omega Delta – social fraternity
- Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity
- Lion's Club
- Low Vision Club
- Optometry Private Practice Club
- Gamma Omicron
- Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association
- Student Chapter of the Academy of American Optometry