Starting a Student Organization
Forming an Organization
Before you begin the process of forming a new student organization, we recommend that you research existing ones. Campus Involvement Center works with over 350 registered student organizations, all of which have a wide variety of interests. You may find that there is a group on campus doing the sort of thing you want to do. As most registered student organizations are eager for new members, you might want to join them rather than forming your own group. If you are unable to identify an existing organization that is of interest to you, then we highly encourage you to start your own!
To effectively organize your new group, consider the following questions:
Answering these questions will help prepare your group to begin the registration process. If your organization is unclear about any of these items or would like assistance, please contact Campus Involvement Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is the purpose of your organization?
- What will be the goals of your organization?
- How do you plan to accomplish these goals?
- What is unique about your group?
- Are there other students you know who would like to join?
- What type of commitment will members need to make to the organization?
- How will you identify and recruit members for the organization?
- Do you know of an Ohio University faculty or staff member who would be interested in serving as an advisor for your group?
- Will you be affiliated with a department/office on campus?