Create a New Student Organization

If you can't find a student organization that speaks to your specific interests, there is always a possibility of starting your own. On this page you’ll find the materials needed to start a new organization on campus and the deadlines for application cycles for new organizations to apply for recognition.


Materials Needed to Start the New Student Organization Process

  1. Constitution: This is your organization's governing document and will include the organization's purpose and structure.

  2. A list of members: Organizations need to have at least five committed members in order to start an organization. Use this template for your membership list. 

  3. An executive roster:  A list of executives for your organization using this template

  4. A staff/faculty advisorAdvisors must be full-time faculty or staff at USF.

New Student Organization Timeline for the 2023-24 Academic Year

Student Leadership and Engagement has three new organization application cycles per academic year. Listed below are the deadlines for all steps to the organization recognition process.

  • February 5, 2024: New Student Organization Applications Due 
  • February 6, 2024: Canvas Modules Assigned and Advisor Agreements Forms Sent
  • February 6-16, 2024: SLE Reviews Constitutions, Communicates Edits and Invites Organization to Sign Up for Meeting with SLE Professional Staff

  • February 20, 2024: Canvas Modules and Advisor Agreement Forms Due

  • February 22, 2024: Attend Organization Welcome

  • February 28, 2024: Meetings with SLE Professional Staff Due

  • March 6, 2024: Recognition Letters Sent

Organizations that adhere to the requirements and timeline mentioned above, and are approved by SLE to operate, will receive a letter of recognition stating they have been officially recognized for the rest of the academic year. 


Once recognition is granted, USOs and GSOs will gain access to:

  • Tabling at the Involvement Fairs (USO) or Graduate Student Meet & Greets (GSO); 
  • The EMS reservation system; 
  • A financial account (if applicable); 
  • The ability to hold events on campus; 
  • The opportunity to apply for ASUSF or AGSUSF Funding. 

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Starting a Club Sport

In order for a club sport to become officially recognized through Koret, they must undergo a two-part process.

  1. They must apply to be a new student organization and complete the recognition process through Student Leadership and Engagement. The new student organization should maintain good standing for a year.
  2. The new student organization should reach out to SLE at the end of the year to express interest in becoming a Koret club sport. SLE will then work with Koret to determine if it will be possible to grant them recognition as a club sport. All potential club sports are subject to Koret eligibility, capacity, budget, and fit.

To begin the two-part process, complete the New Student Organization Application. When completing the application, select "Club Sport Interest" as the organization's category.

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