The class councils and Fourth-Year Trustees foster unity within their respective undergraduate classes. An election for First-Year Council takes place in September. In the spring, students may apply to serve on Second- or Third-Year Council or to become a fourth-year trustee.
All four groups plan, implement, and promote educational, social, and philanthropic activities with special relevance for their classmates. Activities include study abroad workshops, study breaks, class dinners, Lighting of the Lawn in December, the Ring Ceremony for third-years, and workshops on topics such as resume preparation and personal finance. Officers frequently communicate with class members about key class or University events, working closely with offices such as the University Career Center.
The Fourth-Year Trustees develop and raise funds for the class giving program, plan Finals Weekend (graduation) activities, focus on bringing the graduating class together, and plan reunions. Trustees serve during their fourth year and for five years after graduating.