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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).

All recognized student organizations are required to complete the Mandatory Annual Registration process each spring in order to be active for the following school year and maintain access to privileges like reserving space and requesting Student Budget Board funding. The process closed on June 5, 2020, for the 2020-2021 academic year, but organizations looking to register for next year that missed the window should email thesource@vt.edu to be considered for participation in a makeup period.

All currently listed presidents and treasurers accept the terms and conditions outlined in the Student Organization Registration Agreement by following these steps on GobblerConnect.

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SORA_Terms and Conditions.pdf

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 theNew 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 or would like to join our contact list to receive updates for the next recognition window.

 

  • 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 September 8th and September 15th at midnight in order to be considered for recognition in the fall semester; the form will re-open in January for students interested in starting an organization in the spring. We hope to accommodate as many requests for new organizations as we can with our current capacity and altered fall operations, but we recommend submitting your form as early as possible within the window in case we hit capacity.
  • Step Two: After submitting the form, you will be contacted to schedule a virtual New Organization Interest Meeting before September 18th 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 session together 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 virtually every day between September 28th – October 2nd.
  • Step Four: Create a New Organization profile on GobblerConnect by October 5th at midnight.
  • Step Five: Meet with an Engagement Ambassador to finalize two goals for your organization’s first year by October 9th, and submit their goals by October 12th.
  • Step Six: All elements of recognition process are reviewed by Student Organization Development team and approved organizations will gain Registered Student Organization status on October 13th.
  • 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.

Our staff would love to help your organization grow and be successful! If you’re interested in talking to someone from the Student Organization Development team about topics such as conflict management, goal setting or branding, please submit this simple intake form on GobblerConnect.

 

This form allows us to have helpful information to match you with the correct person on our team, and to prepare resources that meet your needs. After submitting the form, you will be contacted within three business days to schedule your meeting in a timely manner. We also encourage you to stop by The Source when it’s open or email thesource@vt.edu if you have specific student organization questions.