Student Organizations

The 2017 Gobblerfest helped kick off the fall semester on the Drillfield, welcoming thousands of students, faculty, staff and members of the community back to campus. The festival featured several departments in the Division of Student Affairs, hundreds of student organizations, music, freebies, a food court, and more.

photo from Gobblerfest 2017

At Virginia Tech, we have approximately 800 student organizations that bring excitement, programs, and community to our campus.

There are multiple opportunities for getting involved in these orgs and finding ones that fit your interest on campus. Questions? Feel free to come see us in Student Engagement and Campus Life (Squires Student Center, Rooms 225 and 325).

In order to register for the 2019-2020 academic year your student organization must complete the five steps of registration.

Step One: RSVP for a MART session at least 2 days before attending.

Step Two: ATTEND MART. Bring your Hokie Passport, a writing utensil and come prepared to discuss your org.

Step Three: COMPLETE the post-MART survey (REQUIRED) within 48 hours of attending.

Step Four: SUBMIT your organization's Registration Packet. Submit no later than 2 weeks after attending MART.

Step Five: RECEIVE an approval message from Student Engagement and Campus Life staff. 

Steps 1, 2, 3, & 5 can be found and completed on GobblerConnect. Contact thesource@vt.edu for questions.

MART Calendar

Below are the 2019 MART session offerings. Please visit GobblerConnect in order to RSVP for a sesssion. 

Spring 2019 Sessions
Date Room Time Details
Mon, 3/25 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment
Mon, 3/25 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Squires 340 Retaining & Engaging Members
Tues, 3/26 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Effective Leadership
Tues, 3/26 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Squires 219 Effective Leadership (Graduate Orgs Only)
Wed, 3/27 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment
Wed, 3/27 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Squires 342 Retaining & Engaging Members
Thurs, 3/28 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 340 Effective Leadership
Fri, 3/29 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment
Tues, 4/2 6 - 7 p.m. GLC
 Meeting Room C
Org Branding & Recruitment (Graduate Orgs Only)
Tues, 4/2 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Retaining & Engaging Members
Wed, 4/3 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Effective Leadership
Wed, 4/3 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment
Thurs, 4/4 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Retaining & Engaging Members
Thurs, 4/4 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. GLC
 Meeting Room B
Retaining & Engaging Members (Graduate Orgs Only)
Fri, 4/5 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Squires 342 Effective Leadership
Mon, 4/8 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment
Mon, 4/8 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Squires 342 Retaining & Engaging Members
Tues, 4/9 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Effective Leadership
Wed, 4/10 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment
Wed, 4/10 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Squires 342 Retaining & Engaging Members
Thurs, 4/11 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Effective Leadership
Mon, 4/15 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment
Mon, 4/15 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Squires 342 Retaining & Engaging Members
Tues, 4/16 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Effective Leadership
Wed, 4/17 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment
Wed, 4/17 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Squires 342 Retaining & Engaging Members
Thurs, 4/18 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Effective Leadership
Fri, 4/19 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment
Mon, 4/22 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment (UCSOs Only)
Tues, 4/23 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Retaining & Engaging Members (New Orgs Only)
Thurs. 4/25 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment (New Orgs Only)
Fri, 4/26 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Squires 342 Effective Leadership (UCSOs Only)
Mon, 4/29 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Effective Leadership (New Orgs Only)
Mon, 4/29 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Squires 342 Retaining & Engaging Members
Tues, 4/30 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Effective Leadership - NEW ORGS ONLY
Wed, 5/1 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment
Wed, 5/1 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Squires 342 Retaining & Engaging Members
Thurs, 5/2 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Squires 342 Effective Leadership
Thurs, 5/2 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Squires 342 Org Branding & Recruitment
Fri, 5/3 1 - 2 p.m. Squires, Brush A and Brush B Retaining & Engaging Members

We are always excited about new clubs and organizations starting at Virginia Tech. The majority of our organizations are Registered Student Organizations (RSO). If you are interested in starting a new organization, please go to GobblerConnect to review existing organizations. If you do not see any existing organizations with the same purpose, read through the following steps to register or review the New Organization Process Overview.

The New Organization Recognition process is open for a limited window during every fall and spring semester. See below for the deadlines for this semester’s window. Please contact Morgen Snowadzky at morgen@vt.edu if you have questions.

Please note: In order to qualify for the new organization process, you need to have at least five founding members who are all current Virginia Tech students and must meet the department’s definition of a student organization: “A group created by and for currently enrolled students that gathers with a specific purpose that contributes the Virginia Tech community and provides opportunities for students in an ongoing way that is not currently present at Virginia Tech.”

Step One: Interested students can fill out a New Organization Interest Form on GobblerConnect. This form will only be available and must be submitted between January 22nd – January 29th in order to be considered for the spring semester; the form will re-open in September for students interested in starting an organization in the fall.

Step Two: After submitting the form, you will be contacted to schedule a New Organization Interest Meeting before February 14th with a member of the Student Organization Development team to discuss your organization and the next steps in the process, including scheduling your New Organization Orientation.

Step Three: At least 3 members must attend a New Organization Orientation in the Source to learn about the processes and procedures of being a student organization, as well as learn about how to set your organization up for success. These sessions will be offered between February 17th – February 25th.

Step Four: Create a New Organization profile on GobblerConnect by February 25th.

Step Five: Meet with an Engagement Ambassador to finalize two goals for your organization’s first year by March 18th

Step Six: All elements of recognition process are reviewed by Student Organization Coordinator and approved organizations will gain Registered Student Organization status on March 20th

Step Seven: Attend a New Organization Mandatory Annual Registration Training (MART) session in the spring semester to maintain recognition for the upcoming year. You will receive a reminder about MART during the spring semester.

**Annual registration is REQUIRED for all student organizations to remain active and recognized by Virginia Tech Student Engagement and Campus Life.

We have four different types of student organizations at Virginia Tech. Each plays a crucial and unique role in helping to build our campus community. Check out the following definitions to see the differences:

  • Registered Student Organization (RSO): a voluntary association of Virginia Tech students that has no direct relationship to the university but upon completion of registration documents is entitled to certain privileges to include operating, meeting, advertising, and participating in activities on the Virginia Tech campus.
  • University Chartered Student Organization (UCSO): an organization comprised primarily of students but which, by constitutional design, has a specifically established direct relationship to the university. This relationship includes, but is not limited to, policy review, special programs, governance, and paid faculty/staff advisers/coaches.
  • University Student Life Program (USLP): an organization comprised primarily or exclusively of students whose activities, operations, and decision making processes are directly governed by academic or administrative departments and for which the university is ultimately responsible.
  • Extended Campus Student Organization (ECSO): a voluntary association of Virginia Tech students at an extended campus location that has no direct relationship to the university but upon completion of registration documents with its extended campus center and receipt of those documents by the Student Activities Office is entitled, pursuant to policies established at its extended campus center, to certain privileges which may include operating, meeting, advertising, and participating in activities on its Virginia Tech extended campus.

Officially listed organizations shall have the priviledge to conduct activities on the campus of Virginia Tech in accordance with established policies and procedures.

Visit our staff during weekly office hours to get help with student organizations or GobblerConnect!

  • Chatrice Barnes, Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Leadership Development
    Mondays: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Black Cultural Center)
    Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (325 Squires)
  • Morgen Snowadzky, Coordinator for Student Organizations
    Mondays: 12 to 2 p.m. (The Source)
    Tuesdays: 4 to 6 p.m. (LGBTQ+ Resource Center)
  • Maggie Rudd, G.A. For Student Organizations and Leadership Development
    Mondays: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Asian Cultural Engagement Center) and 12 to 1 p.m. (Squires 327D)
    Thursdays: 10 to 11 a.m. (Asian Cultural Engagement Center)
    Fridays: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (327D)
  • Gina Tamburro, Associate Director for Engagement
    Mondays: 2 to 3 p.m. (225 Squires)
    Tuesdays: 9 to 10 a.m. (225 Squires)