Create a New RSO

How Does the Process Work?

Students who want to start a New Student Organization (NSO), recognized by the Student Engagement office, must submit an application via the submission form on ’Cuse Activities.

The Fall 2024 application period will open at the start of the fall semester.   

For an in-depth overview of the NSO process, please refer to the NSO Information Packet.

What Needs to be Included in the Application?

  • Applications must have a minimum of eight (8) members, including four (4) filled executive board positions.
    • 51% of your members must be undergraduate students, and your executive board should consist of on-campus, undergraduate students.  Students studying abroad cannot hold executive board positions, in accordance with the RSO Handbook.
  • Applications must include an Advisor Contract, signed by both the president and the advisor.
  • Applications must have all questions answered and completed.
  • All proposed organizations are expected to attend a required pitch meeting upon approval of their initial application.  During the pitch meeting, members of the proposed NSO will engage with the NSO Review team, providing comprehensive responses to any relevant inquiries. Further details regarding pitch meetings can be found on the final pages of the NSO Information Packet.


What happens if I’m approved?
Approved NSOs will complete a registration process during the semester of their approval.  This registration process is required for all NSOs to become fully functioning RSOs the following semester.  This process will be explained in depth at the NSO Orientation workshop.  Please be aware that approved NSOs who complete the registration process will become fully active RSOs beginning the semester following their approval.

What happens if I’m denied?
Any organization denied NSO status must wait an entire academic year before they can submit an application again.  For example, if an organization applies in Fall 2024 and is denied, or fails the NSO registration process, they must wait until Fall 2025 to reapply for recognition.

If you have questions, please email at the Student Engagement office for more information.

New Student Organization (NSO) Resources

NSO Application:  Application form that needs to be completed to apply to be a new student organization. Because the form is updated each semester, it will be made available when the NSO application period is open.

NSO Information Packet [PDF]: This packet covers all the information about becoming a new student organization including FAQs about the application and registration process, the various RSO communities, and overall requirements of the process.

NSO Advisor ApplicationApplication form to be completed by NSO Advisors.  This form is not intended for pre-existing RSOs.

Advisor Packet [Google Document]:  Information provided in the Advisor Packet includes what it means to be an advisor and the complete advisor application.

Advisor Resource Sheet [PDF]: Quick article overview for advisors.

How to Write a Constitution [PDF]:  Tips and template to writing your organization’s constitution.