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Starting a New Student Organization

If you are unable to find a student organization to join you are more than welcome to start one of your own! Come to the Office of Student Activities and one our staff members can assist you with the process. Becoming a recognized student organization comes with many rights and privileges including but not limited to:

  • Free web space
  • Use of University facility space
  • Space at the Involvement Fair
  • Rights to request use of the student fee

Recognition Process

The recognition process includes filling out the New Organization Recognition process through OrgCentral.  To start this process, log in to OrgCentral . Navigate to the tab that says “Organizations” at the top. On the left, click “Register an Organization”. Scroll down below “Re-Register Existing” and under “Register New”, click “Register a New Organization”. If you do not see "Register a New Organization", the recognition process is not open. Please see the timeline below for more information. The following requirements are needed to start a New Student Organization and will be submitted through the online process:

  • Intent to Organize form
  • Officer list
  • Advisor Approval form
  • Constitution 
  • Memberships list (at least 10 University Park students)
  • Attendance at New Student Organization Orientation

Once you submit your request for registration and attend an orientation, the Office of Student Activities will review the request.

If your new organization is categorized as a Physical Activity or Dance Organization, there is additional paperwork required, which can be found on the Maintaining Recognition website.

New Student Organization Process Timeline

​​​​New groups are able to submit recognition requests for the Fall 2019 semester in accordance with the timeline below. Recognition requests will not be processed until after September 20, 2019. Once the timeline for Fall 2019 has past, students will have the opportunity to complete the process in the Spring semester.

  • January 13 – February 7, 2020:
    • New groups can submit their recognition requests through OrgCentral (link will be live only during the prescribed time frame)
  • January 15 – February 11, 2020:
    • New Student Organization Orientation held weekly (see schedule below)

If a group attended a New Student Organization Orientation in Fall 2019, that will fulfill the New Student Organization Orientation requirement for any Spring 2020 recognition requests.

New Student Organization Orientations

Spring 2020 Meeting Dates and Times

Each session will last one hour. New Student Organization Orientation may be completed before or after the required paperwork listed above is turned in. Please note that the last New Student Organization Orientation happens after the paperwork deadline.

Should you have any initial questions please feel free to contact us.


Dates Times Locations
Wednesday, January 15 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. 131 HUB-Robeson Center
Tuesday, January 21 11:00 A.M. - noon 131 HUB-Robeson Center
Thursday, January 30 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. 131 HUB-Robeson Center
Monday, February 3 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. 134 HUB-Robeson Center
Tuesday, February 11 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. 233A HUB-Robeson Center