Start a Student Organization

The University of Oregon has over 200 clubs and organizations ranging from Dance Oregon and Fiction Writing Club to the Green Business Initiative and the Muslim Student Association.

Explore Student Organizations

If, after exploring the list of current organizations, you want to start a new one, follow the directions below.

1. Decide if the organization you wish to propose will be registered or recognized.

Registered Student Organizations

  • Must complete an application to seek registration.
  • May not be an ASUO-recognized student organization.
  • Require the names of at least six UO students on their initial roster
  • Are not required to submit a historical record of meetings.
  • Are encouraged to submit governance documents, such as a constitution, a charter, or a set of bylaws.
  • Are approved by the University of Oregon Center for Student Involvement.
  • May make meeting room and tabling reservations through UO Scheduling and Event Services and may access the resources located at the UO Center for Student Involvement.
  • May be affiliated with a local non-profit
  • May be affiliated with a religious group
  • May not be affiliated with a political organization, candidate, or campaign
  • Are eligible to request funding through the Duck Fund
  • Are not eligible to seek funding through ASUO, and must bear responsibility for its own finances

ASUO-Recognized Student Organizations

  • Must complete an application to seek recognition.
  • May be a registered student organization.
  • Require the names of at least six UO students on their initial roster.
  • Require a minimum of a six-month record of bi-monthly meetings, including: meeting logistics (date, time, location), meeting agenda and minutes, an attendance record, and the name of the meeting facilitator or leader.
  • Require governing documents, such as a constitution, a charter, or a set of bylaws, which must include the roles and responsibilities of the organization’s leaders as well as the procedures for the selection of new leaders. Governing documents must be approved by the membership and leadership of the organization.
  • Are subject to the review process of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) and to the authorization of the Division of Student Life.
  • May make meeting room and tabling reservations through UO Scheduling and Event Services and may access the resources located at the UO Center for Student Involvement.
  • Are rarely affiliated with a local non-profit
  • May not be affiliated with a religious group
  • May not be affiliated with a political organization, candidate, or campaign
  • Are eligible to request funding through the Duck Fund
  • May seek funding through ASUO, and may access ASUO financial services

2. Meet with a staff member at the Center for Student Involvement to discuss your idea for the organization, its purpose, and how to begin.

3. Find a UO faculty or staff member to serve as the organization's advisor. While not required, an advisor is key to the success of an organization, in that they provide member support, club continuity, and access to resources.

4. Recruit some club members who share your interest in the proposed mission of the organization. You'll need the names of at least six UO students to apply.

5. Put together a constitution for the organization that highlights purpose, the roles and responsibilities of your organization's members and officers, logistical information, and the procedures for the selection of new organization leaders annually.

6. If seeking ASUO recognition, hold meetings at least twice per month for a period of six months. Maintain organized records including meeting agendas (with date, time, and location), meeting minutes, attendance records, and the names of meeting facilitators or leaders.

7. Complete the appropriate application. If you wish to seek ASUO recognition, you may apply for registration while the organization compiles the required meeting documents.

8. A member of the recognition or registration teams will respond to your application within about two weeks.