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 2018-2019 academic year your student organization must complete the five steps of registration.

Step One: RSVP for one registration training. Daily trainings start March 19 and end May 3. You must RSVP to save your spot, space is LIMITED! See table below on how to register.

Step Two: After you RSVP complete a brief Pre-Attendance Form on GobblerConnect. Please complete this form BEFORE attending a registration session.

Step Three: Arrive on time for the registration training. Registration trainings are approximately one hour long so please plan accordingly. If you arrive AFTER 10 minutes or leave with more than 10 minutes remaining, your attendance will not count towards your organization’s registration.*NO TECHNOLOGY ALLOWED.*

Step Four: Set aside 25 minutes to register your organization on GobblerConnect. Only 2018-2019 incoming leaders or retuning members can submit an organization’s 2018-2019 registration packet. Advisors, graduating students, outgoing leadership, and community members CANNOT submit this information.

Step Five: You will NOT be automatically approved after submitting your registration packet. Student Engagement and Campus Life (SECL) will contact you via GobblerConnect to let you know if your submission is approved or denied. Be sure to update your GobblerConnect notification settings!

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, read through the following steps to register.

New Student Organization Process—Spring 2018

  • Step 1: Schedule a preliminary meeting with Chatrice Barnes, Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Leadership Development. Please set aside 30-40 minutes. Email Chatrice at
    Open Office Hours:
    • Tuesdays: 10am-2pm & 5pm-7pm
    • Wednesdays: 12pm-3pm
  • Step 2: Create a new student organization profile Virginia Tech’s student involvement digital platform, GobblerConnect. The link to this form can be found on the GobblerConnect homepage (
  • Step 3: RSVP to attend a mandatory New Student Org. Orientation with your executive board*. The RSVP form will be shared with you after your preliminary meeting.
  • Step 4: Attend a mandatory New Student Org. Orientation with your exec board. Please set aside one hour. The spring semester sessions will be on the following days at 5pm:
    • Tuesday, February 6
    • Thursday, February 22
    • Tuesday, March 13
    • Thursday, March 29
    • End of the semester make-up date: TBD
    • If your organization cannot attend any of the orientations listed above, contact Chatrice by March 29 to sign up for the end of the semester make-up session. Please note: Your organization will not be approved before the e-board attends a workshop.
  • Step 5: Complete the final step of the registered student organization (RSO) recognition process. Once you submit the registration form, please allow 72 hours for your organization to be reviewed. When you receive an approval message from a SECL staff member your organization will be officially active for the current** academic year.

*exec board = 4-5 people who have leadership roles in your organization

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

+If you are interested in creating a new student organization for the current academic year the deadline to begin the process is: March 20, 2018.

After March 20th you will be asked to wait until August 2018 to begin the new organization process.

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
    Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Wednesdays: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Located in 325 Squires
  • Heather Corley, G.A. For Student Organizations and Leadership Development
    Mondays: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (The Source)
    Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (325 Squires)
    Wednesdays: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (The Source) and 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (325 Squires)
  • Gina Tamburro, Associate Director for Engagement
    Tuesdays: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 
    Thursdays: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Located in 225 Squires
  • Heather Wagoner, Director
    Mondays: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Located in 225 Squires