How To: Start your own official organization


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The Student Activities Center, located across from Panda Express in the Memorial Union, provides information on activities and clubs.

Claire Norton

Starting an on-campus club is a surprisingly easy endeavor. The Student Activities Center offers a step-by-step process online, at, to be officially recognized as an organization on campus.

Benefits of having an authorized club on campus, according to, include:

• More visibility and recognition via the Student Org’s webpage

• Ability to advertise using Cy in ads and logos

• Use of Iowa State’s name

• Activities displayed on ISU’s activity calendar

• Purchasing privileges

• Eligibility for usage of university resources

Requirements to become an official student organization include:

• Must have at least five members

• Must file a constitution online

• Constitution must be approved

• Must have a president and a treasurer

• Must have an adviser

• Must have an updated compliance agreement form with signatures

To turn an interest or hobby into a recognized organization with Iowa State University, visit, or the Student Activities Center in the Memorial Union for more information.