Registration of Student Organizations

Every academic year, student groups must register their organization with the Center for Leadership & Involvement to become a Registered Student Organization (RSO). By doing so, they obtain access to the many benefits of being a University-recognized organization (listed below). This guide outlines the steps and information necessary to complete the registration process.


Registration Overview

Student organization registration processes, eligibility requirements, and financial regulations are established by the Director of the Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) in conjunction with the Committee on Student Organizations (CSO).

Annually, over 900 student groups and clubs on the UW-Madison campus complete registration with CfLI to become Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). RSOs enjoy benefits (listed below) and also carry responsibilities, which are listed in the Eligibility section and the Student Organization Policies section of this guide.

  • 2017-2018 Registration opening dates are:
    • Wednesday, July 5 - Dual Registration Groups (BBA, CALS, Engineering, Greek Life, MBA, Rec Sports, SMPH/MSA)
    • Monday, August 1 - All other Student Organizations
  • Student organizations that were registered during 2016-2017 will retain RSO privileges through October 2nd, 2017. After that time the group must have re-registered to receive RSO benefits.

Benefits of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)

Registered Student Organizations benefit by receiving access to university facilities and services not available to non-registered student groups or to the general public. As an RSO, your group:

  • May reserve and use non-instructional university facilities in the Wisconsin Union, and elsewhere on campus
  • May take advantage of services, events and programs developed for RSOs by CfLI and other university offices, programs and departments
  • Is eligible to apply for grants from the student government, Associated Students of Madison (ASM), the Multicultural Council (MCC), the Wisconsin Experience Grant and other sources of funding specifically available to RSOs
  • Receives free publicity by being listed in the RSO Directory (found on the Wisconsin Involvement Network (WIN)
  • Is eligible to participate in all membership recruitment opportunities offered through CfLI, including but not limited to the Fall and Spring Student Organization Fairs
  • In addition, CfLI promotes student organizations in a variety of ways including attendance at the many campus resource fairs and other campus involvement/recruitment activities.
  • May use the name of the University of Wisconsin-Madison to identify the group's affiliation. Note: Any form of the UW’s name may not be placed as the beginning words in the name of the organization, but may be placed at the end of the name, e.g., Checkers Club, UW-Madison.