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Create a New RSO

Applications are due by 5pm on the 3rd Friday after the first day of class each semester. If you have questions please call or e-mail the Office of Student Activities at for more information.

You must submit the application by the above date and time and the application must be TYPED for consideration.

How does the process work?

Students who want to start a new RSO must submit an application.Applications are due by 5pm on the 3rd Friday after the first day of class each semester.

  • Application must be typed and submitted via email.
  • Application must have a minimum of eight (8) members, including four (4), filled E-Board positions.
  • Application must include an advisor contract, signed by both the president and the advisor (this can be scanned at the Office of Student Activities).
  • Application must have all questions answered and completed.
  • Application must include a complete constitution.

What next?

As part of the application process, proposed organizations will have the opportunity to meet with the New RSO Review Board (NRBB). RSO stands for Registered Student Organization. This meeting gives the organization an opportunity to discuss their mission and goals with the NRBB and answer any questions they might have after reviewing the application. Meeting with the NRRB is not mandatory. However, it is highly encouraged. Any organizations that do not meet with the NRRB and are denied RSO status will not have the opportunity to appeal.

The NRRB meeting sign-up sheet will be at the front desk of the Office of Student Activities from 9:00 AM Monday to 5:00 PM Wednesday immediately following the third Friday of the semester (the application deadline). The NRRB meetings will be held the weekend immediately following the application deadline. Any questions can be sent to

What happens if I'm denied?

Any organization that is denied New RSO status must wait an entire academic year before they can submit an application again.

What happens if I'm approved?

Approved New RSOs will complete a registration process during the semester of their approval. This registration process is required for New RSOs to become fully functioning RSOs the following semester. This process will be explained in depth at the New RSO Orientation on Friday, February 23rd from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Hall of Languages 105. Please be aware that approved New RSOs who complete the registration process will become fully functioning RSOs beginning the semester following their approval.

New Student Organization Resources

Advisor Packet:  Information provided in the Advisor Packet includes what it means to be an advisor and the complete advisor application.

Advisor Resource Sheet: Quick article overview for advisors

New Student Org Application Packet: Paperwork that needs to be filled out to apply to be a new student organization.

How to Write a Constitution: Tips and template to writing your organizations constitution

Student Information Packet: This packet covers all the information about being a recognized student organization.