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Student Organizations

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. All new organizations will be created as 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 steps below. New organizations are required to have a minimum of five founding members and a unique mission or purpose in order to complete the New Organization Recognition Process.

Any group that has missed two or more full registration cycles, and has gone inactive as a result, must complete the New Organization Recognition Process to reactivate their organization at Virginia Tech. If you have questions about the status of your organization, please contact milesfeacher@vt.edu.

The New Organization Recognition process is open for  limited windows during the fall and spring semester. See below for the deadlines for the upcoming window. Please contact Miles Feacher at milesfeacher@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 7 – September 14  at midnight in order to be considered for recognition in the first fall recognition window; the form will re-open on October 13 for our second fall recognition window.
  • Step Two: After submitting the form, you will be contacted to schedule a New Organization Interest Meeting between September 16 and September 21 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 multiple times between September 22 and September 28.
  • Step Four: Create a New Organization profile on GobblerConnect by September 29 at midnight. If reactivating a former organization, you will be added to the existing profile.
  • Step Five: Meet with an Engagement Ambassador to finalize two goals for your organization’s first year by October 4th.
  • 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 6.

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

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.

How to Register

Full instructions will be shared via email with listed officers on GobblerConnect. If you have not received an email about registration, please email thesource@vt.edu

  1. Complete the online compliance training
    • Registered Student Organizations can complete their compliance modules by following this link and clicking “Join Course”: canvas.vt.edu/enroll/WHL6T6
    • University Chartered Student Organizations can complete their compliance modules by following this link and clicking “Join Course”: canvas.vt.edu/enroll/6CCY69
  2. Attend a live-streamed training session
    • You can find the event pages to RSVP for any of the Zoom sessions, which will start being offered on March 16th here: gobblerconnect.vt.edu/organization/campuslife/events
    • As an RSO, you only need to attend one session, and we offer three options for completing that requirement. Each session includes the same information about policy, resources and registration requirements. The only difference is the leadership content and activity that is based on the session title - you get to choose which topic feels the most interesting or relevant to you!
  3. Complete and update registration forms
    • Registration forms are located on GobblerConnect. Any forms submitted before completing steps 1-3 will be denied.

ALL ORGANIZATIONS MUST COMPLETE ALL STEPS OF REGISTRATION BY JUNE 1ST

Organizations that are not registered by the deadline will lose access to all university privileges including reserving space, funding, and Gobblerfest attendance. For questions or accommodations email thesource@vt.edu

You can check your organization’s progress in completing the registration requirements by looking at this document.

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 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 recognized organizations shall have the privilege to conduct activities on the campus of Virginia Tech in accordance with established policies and procedures, as outlined in the Good Standing Policy.

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.

The Org Resource Library

The Org Resource Library is a digital landing space for students to find information on guides, tips, and best practices to help student organizations be successful. This library will continue to grow and evolve as new resources are added. If you have ideas for future resources or any questions about The Org Resource Library, email The Source at thesource@vt.edu

Not Sure How to Start Your Involvement Journey?

Students who aren't quite sure where to start can lean on our Engagement Ambassadors who would love to talk you through the possibilities. Simply submit a questionnaire about your interests and goals on GobblerConnect and we'll connect you with a student to recommend opportunities and discuss the process for getting involved in a student organization or other opportunities.