Registration for New Student Organizations is open each academic year from July 1st to April 1st.
If you are interested in registering a new student organization, consider the following:
Registration allows you to gain access to certain benefits, as listed below. If your organization will not utilize the listed benefits, then consider whether registration is necessary.
Benefits of Being a Registered Student Organization:
Obtain a GatorConnect profile for your student organization
Ability to apply for office, locker, or mailbox space through the Department of Student Activities and Involvement
Access to Student Activities and Involvement staff and resources
Eligible to apply for a Catering Scholarship for on-campus events
Participation in Student Organization Fairs and annual Involvement Awards
Access to Student Organization facility rates
Ability to request funds from Student Government(SG) if SG policies and criteria are met
Review the current organization listings on GatorConnect to see if there is an existing organization that has the same name or a similar mission/purpose. If the intended mission/purpose is too similar to something that is already registered, your new organization proposal form will be denied.
Registered student organizations are required to have a constitution, officers, and training to function. If you are planning a one-time event, or your group does not need the components listed above to function, consider whether registration is necessary.
Registered student organizations many not act on behalf of an outside entity or receive funding from outside entities to host events on their behalf. Please refer to the University’s Commercial Activity Regulation (UF-4.006).
After you have reviewed the considerations above, follow the process below to register a new organization.
Have a minimum of 10 members, three of whom will serve as either President, Vice President, or Treasurer. One person cannot serve as multiple officer positions.
Have a Student Organization Advisor who is a full-time, salaried faculty or staff member at the University of Florida.
Purpose of the proposed organization (i.e. – goals, values, and function)
How the organization will contribute to the University’s mission
Need for this organization (include how current departments, offices, organizations, and/or programs are not currently meeting this need)
Target, or intended, members for this organization
Benefits to organization's intended audience
Upon approval of the proposal form, attend a New Student Organization Training Session.
Dates are not made public to ensure completion and approval of the proposal form.
Two officers, the President, and either the Vice-President or Treasurer, must attend the training session. Officers may attend different sessions. Officers must stay for the entire duration of the training.
A constitution is required as part of the registration process. Use the Constitution Requirements to create your organization’s constitution, and bring it with you to the training session.