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).

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.

2017-2018 New Student Organization Process

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 chatrice@vt.edu
Open Office Hours:
Mondays 5pm-7pm (in The Source)
Wednesdays 2pm-4pm (Squires 325)
Fridays 1pm-3pm (in The Source)

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 (gobblerconnect.vt.edu).

Step 3: to attend a mandatory New Student Organization Workshop with your executive board*. The RSVP form is located on GobblerConnect: https://tinyurl.com/y86uzrly
Space is limited, don’t forget to RSVP!

Step 4: Attend a mandatory New Student Organization Workshop with your exec board. Workshops are held the first Tuesday of the month at 5pm. Please set aside one hour.

  • November 7 at 5pm
  • December 5 at 5pm
  • February at 5pm
  • March 13 at 5pm
  • April 3 at 5pm

If you and your exec board cannot make it to any of the monthly meetings please contact Chatrice to sign up for the make-up workshop at the end of the semester. Please note: Your organization will not be approved before the e-board attends a workshop.

Step 5: Register for registered student organization (RSO) recognition on GobblerConnect. 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 re-registration is REQUIRED for all organizations to remain active and recognized by Student Engagement and Campus Life.

We ask that you do not advertise events or interest meetings until after your organization is officially recognized and active for the current academic year.

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.


Student Engagement and Campus Life

225 Squires Student Center (0138)
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-5431
Fax: 540-231-5430
campuslife@vt.edu