Start a Student Organization

The Office of Activities & Engagement supports and encourages the formation of new clubs or re-activating previously registered organizations. We understand the barriers that may be involved in this process, so we are here to help!

If your club meets the requirements listed below, you can start the online registration found HERE.

Criteria to Become a Recognized Club:

In order for the Office of Activities & Engagement (OAE) to register a student group, the following minimum standards must be met:

  1. Have a clearly defined purpose/mission. 
  2. Submit an updated and complete registration form (link found at the top of this page) annually (Registration status is good until Sept. 30 of the following academic year). Completion of the application does not guarantee registration approval. 
  3. All executive positions (President ,VP, etc.) must be held by currently enrolled MSU-Bozeman students.  No non-students can hold these positions.
  4. Minimum of 10 members is required, 80% of your overall membership MUST be currently enrolled students of MSU-Bozeman.  Please note, if your group is a Club Sport, your membership must be 100% students.
  5. Your organization must have a designated staff or faculty advisor who is employed by MSU at least part-time or a graduate student.  If they wish to learn more about what is required of advisors, CLICK HERE.
  6. The group may not exist to make a profit of any kind.
  7. Comply with University policies and regulations pertaining to organizations, including contents of the Registered Student Organization Manual.

Things to Keep in Mind When Starting a New Club:

  • Please view the current registered student organizations as well as last year's to verify there isn't already an existing club that is either exactly what you want to start or very similar.
  • If you want to start a club that is only slightly different than an existing club, please keep in mind the recruitment barriers that may arise due to that factor.
  • Please review the registered student organization criteria and application process to decide if you want to move forward with starting a new club and the steps involved.

How the Office of Activities & Engagement can Help:

If you do not have the minimum of 10 members to start (or re-start an inactive group) a new student organization, OAE can help!

  • OAE will help you schedule a meeting room in the SUB in order for you to hold an interest meeting.
  • If you produce a flyer advertising your interest meeting and drop the original with us, we will make 65 copies of it and post it in academic buildings on campus.  This will only be done one time by OAE. Please view our poster policies before printing.
  • We can also include an electronic version of your flyer on the TV in the SUB Union Marketplace, managed by the OAE.  CLICK HERE to submit your flyer.
  • If you receive enough members to start a group, then you can start the registration process.
  • You can attend the bi-annual Involvement Fair to generate more interest. Please contact us or visit the Involvement Fair section of the website to learn more.
  • If you are having difficulty finding a staff or faculty advisor, please contact us and we will help spread the word.

Email us at amanda.staubyn@montana.edu if you have any questions.