Comps are a process students are required to complete or pass before joining a club. Students comping a club are generally called "compers". There are generally two types of comps:
- Completion-based: As long as compers complete all comp requirements (potentially including attendance at meetings/events, social events, producing articles etc)
- Competitive: The requirements of a competitive comp varies greatly. Some comps last only one to two weeks and might involve a series of interviews or auditions. Compers are occasionally required to produce original work for the interviews. However, comps can also last up to a semester. These typically involve some training with compers judged on the work they produce during the training period.
Comp difficulty varies greatly by club. In some clubs (such as the Advocate) it is the norm to comp for more than one semester before being accepted into the club.