Getting to know BU with University Fest (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

August 24, 2013 Updated Aug 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds of students hit the center of Binghamton University's campus to find out what the campuses more than 200 organizations have to offer.

Binghamton University kicked off the year with a bang during President Barack Obama's visit on Friday. On Saturday, students got back on track with the yearly kick-off to the fall semester.

The 20th annual University Fest encourages students to explore campus.

BU officials say it's a way to welcome in freshman and transfer students.

Clubs ran from the hula hoop club, to math clubs to even a zombie club.

Students say joining an organization can help take some of the stress away from their academic classes.

"It's really cool. I see a radio station over there, there's a lot of clubs and Greek life over there," said freshman Ben Schnall, of New Jersey.

"It's really social. Everyone is really nice and helpful. It's just awesome, I love it," said transfer student Adina Poret, of Maryland.

University Fest was open to the public.

Shindig at the Fountain held concerts from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about the types of clubs available at BU, click here.

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