CU Boulder students can start a new recognized student organization (RSO) by following the steps and policies outlined below.
But first, see if your organization already exists. You can browse organizations by category or search for specific words or phrases on BuffConnect, CU’s comprehensive student involvement database. If your idea isn’t already out there, we encourage you to start a new RSO.
A recognized student organization (RSO) is CU Boulder’s formal name for student-run clubs, groups or organizations. An RSO’s mission must be educational, charitable, cultural, social or recreational in nature and may not result in personal (financial or academic) gain for individual members or for the RSO.
The primary mission or activity of a recognized student organization must be centered on, for the benefit of and driven by CU Boulder students.
We require at least three members prior to RSO creation and at least two of the three must be full-time, fee-paying students.
Student groups are not required to register with the Center for Student Involvement. However, there are many benefits with being registered. They include the ability to
- Reserve spaces on campus at discounted or free rates.
- Access a colorado.edu email address specific to your organization.
- Apply for office space in the UMC.
- Apply for funds.
- Reserve a table for the Be Involved Fair or Involvement Fair.
- Apply for and be recognized at the annual CU Involvement Awards.
- Use the BuffConnect system for recruitment and networking.
- Drop in for advising with Center for Student Involvement staff.
- Participate in leadership development courses, retreats and programs offered through CU GOLD.
The registration process to create new RSOs opens annually on July 1 and closes April 15 of the following year. You are free to begin the process at any point within this date range.
- Visit our RSO directory to ensure your suggested RSO does not already exist.
- Be sure to review all information on this webpage first.
- Brainstorm the following:
- Organization name
- Purpose, mission or interest of your potential organization
- Ideas for programs, events or activities you anticipate the organization having
- There are some minimum requirements for all RSOs. Be sure your proposed RSO meets the following requirements before you go on to the next steps.
- Free and open to all students
- A minimum of three student members
- A clear sense of purpose and mission for organization
The following steps will be completed in the order they are listed:
- Complete the new RSO request form.
- It will take 1-3 business days for you to be approved.
- If approved, a CSI liaison will email you to schedule a time to discuss your request in further detail.
- It may take 1-3 business days from receiving approval notice for a liaison to contact you.
- Complete an annual RSO training.
- Complete the new student organization application (organization registration form).
If interested in restarting the organization, please visit the Center for Student Involvement in UMC 330 to speak with a liaison. Any information regarding the previous org is helpful, but not necessary. If you remain in contact with any former org members, please reach out in advance and ask to lead the restarted organization. While not a requirement to restart the organization, it will help expedite the process.
Attending a training is a requirement of becoming an RSO. If you are interested in starting a new student organization, you must first meet with a CSI liaison. Sign up to attend one of our upcoming trainings.