Registered Student Organizations

RSOs (Registered Student Organization) are student-run organizations that are officially recognized by the university. There are almost 300 active RSOs on campus currently. There is definitely a club for everyone on campus, but if not, then you can apply to be one!

 

Check out the link on the right to access a list of all active RSOs on campus to get involved!

Prospective RSOs

Learn more about what it takes to start your own organization

Have an idea for a club or organization? You can make it happen! Drive student life on campus and start your own Registered Student Organization (RSO). The RSO application will open at least once per academic year. Historically, the application has opened once per semester. While the timeline is is up to the discretion of the Secretary of the Registry, the application's availability will be announced on SGA social media channels and website.

When you are deciding to begin the process of becoming an RSO, there are a few best practices we recommend:

  1. Fill out the RSO Interest Form, which will be available on Campus Pulse
    • Interest form opens in February 2024 and closes at the end of August 2024.
  2. Complete the preliminary application
    • During February to August, the applicant must meet with the Chair of the Undergraduate Registry Oversight Committee to review the Constitution and Strategic Plan of the proposed RSO.
  3. Submit materials to the final application on Campus pulse
    • In September 2024, the final application will open on Campus Pulse. Applicants who are eligible to apply are those who have filled out the interest form and completed the preliminary application (1st and 2nd steps)

Note: Not being an RSO does not preclude your organization from meeting in public spaces. 

Some inactive and frozen RSOs potentially have to undergo the new application process. To determine the next steps for your organization, please contact the Secretary of the Registry.

Applications for RSOs are evaluated in accordance with the SGA by-laws (Title VII, Chapter VII).

Pros of Being an RSO

Dedicated advisor from Student Engagement and Leadership

Ability to book space on campus

Eligible to apply for budget request from the Student Activities Fund

Officially recognized by UMass as a student group

...and so much more support and resources!

Current RSOs

Learn how the SGA is committed to continual support for your RSO

The Student Government Association is committed to continual support for your RSO. If there's anything that we can do, please do not hesitate to let us know. Whether it is emergency financing, support with funding guidelines, or something else, we strive to make the process seamless.

  • Space Allocations: RSOs have the privilege to book space in the Student Union and Campus Center. Groups without RSO status are ineligible to do so. Reach out to the Secretary of Registry for any additional questions.
  • RSO Storage Space: Currently the Secretary of Registry is working to create a system increasing storage for each RSO. At the moment all RSOs should have gotten an email requesting all items to be picked up from the current RSO room. Further information on a new system will be coming soon. Reach out to the Secretary of Registry for any additional questions.
  • RSO Funding Guidelines: This Guide exists to help RSOs create the clearest and most transparent budget requests possible. The Committee votes on each budget using the criteria shown in this Guide, as well as other supplemental guidelines in a viewpoint neutral manner. Adhere to these guidelines and any supplemental guidelines referenced in this document as closely as possible in order to ensure you are submitting the most clear and transparent budget request possible. For any additional questions, reach out to the Ways & Means Committee.
  • Emergency Funding: The SGA allocates funds each year for the purpose of emergency funding meant to ensure an RSO will not have to cancel an event vital to its mission due to unforeseen circumstances. The application may be filled out through Campus Pulse. Currently, the form is not out, but will be soon. Upon release, it will be published onto the site. All additional questions should be directed to the Finance Subcommittee.

Frequently Asked Questions


Additional RSO Resources
 

The Business Center

The Business Center helps departments and student groups navigate the university's framework and polices, and provides oversight to ensure fiscal accountability.

The SORC

The SORC is the one stop stop for Student Organizations' questions and support. They help groups navigate their organizational needs.

Other Groups

Check out the other Registered Student Organizations on campus. Learn more about their events, how to get in touch, and ways to potentially collaborate.

Questions?

If you have an unanswered question, please contact us.