Campus life has played a unique role in the college system for hundreds of years. It was essentially born in response to revolts by college students. When universities were young, the student body held a great amount of power on campus. Riots, protests, and revolts were a common occurrence at universities. However, over time, the universities gained power over the student body.
In the mid-to-late nineteenth century, as the colleges and universities gained power over their students, the dynamics of campus life changed. Campuses created an acceptable atmosphere on campus for social interaction among students. Students found comfort and belonging on campuses through their participation in athletic teams, fraternities, and a variety of clubs.