Registered Student Organizations

Welcome to the home for the over 1000 Registered Student Organizations (RSO) at Michigan State University (MSU)!

An MSU RSO is a volunteer group of enrolled students organized to obtain certain goals and objectives. The goals and objectives of these organizations are met through education, social, cultural, religious or philanthropic activities. These activities enhance and support MSU students, the university and the community. Engaged participation in student organizations benefits students’ growth and education while attending the university.

The Department of Student Life leans on four (4) key theories to ground our work with Registered Student Organizations; Astin's Student Involvement Theory, Tinto's Model of Student Departure, B. Magolda's Theory of Self-Authoriship, and S.R. Komives' Social Change Model of Leadership Development. For more information on these check out this resource: MSU RSO Key Theories

This website is a resource for both RSOs and students searching for ways to be involved! Check out all the info below!

Congrats to all the 2021 Student Leadership Award Winners!

Check out all the winners from this year's awards!

 

Congratulations on Graduating!

Check out some of the RSO student leaders and members who are graduating this year!

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  • Involve@State

    Green Block S with the text underneath. Text says "Department of Student Life, Division of Student Affairs, Involve at State, involve dot msu dot eduInvolve@State is Michigan State University’s Engagement Portal for students, staff, faculty, registered student organizations, major governing organizations, and University departments. The goal of Involve@State is two-fold; 1) To connect you, the student, to become engaged in co-curricular and educational opportunities; and 2) To be utilized by RSOs to manage operational functions such as roster and officer reporting, annual registration, event requests and more!

    Intro to Involve@State Video

    Click here to get to Involve@State 

  • All Students Event Calendar

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    You can RSVP for all events on Involve@State 

    JULY

    1 July 2021, 6 p.m. EDT - Workshop: How to Navigate NSO Resources & Involvement Fairs

    8 July 2021, 6 p.m. EDT - NSO Resources & Involvement Fair: Campus Resources

    15 July 2021, 6 p.m. EDT - Workshop: How to Navigate NSO Resources & Involvement Fairs

    22 July 2021, 6 p.m. EDT - NSO Resources & Involvement Fair: Sports & Leisure Clubs

    29 July 2021, 6 p.m. EDT - Workshop: How to Navigate NSO Resources & Involvement Fairs

     

    AUGUST

    5 August 2021, 6 p.m. EDT - NSO Resources & Involvement Fair: Diversity & Inclusion Clubs

    12 August 2021, 6 p.m. EDT - NSO Resources & Involvement Fair: Service Clubs

    19 August 2021, 6 p.m. EDT - NSO Resources & Involvement Fair: All Clubs and Resources

    23 August 2021, Noon EDT - How to Navigate Fall Welcome

    24 August 2021, Noon EDT - How to Navigate Fall Welcome

    25 August 2021, Noon EDT - How to Navigate Fall Welcome

    26 August 2021, Noon EDT - How to Navigate Fall Welcome

    27 August 2021, Noon EDT - How to Navigate Fall Welcome

    31 August 2021, TBA - Sparticipation

  • RSO Workshop & Key Dates Calendar

    For events, you can RSVP for all events on Involve@State 

     

    MAY

    11 May 2021, Noon EDT - Workshop: Updates on New Student Orientation Resources and Involvement Fairs

    12 May 2021, Noon EDT - Workshop: Updates on New Student Orientation Resources and Involvement Fairs

    12 May, 2021, 2 p.m. EDT - RSO Event Help Office Hours

    13 May 2021, Noon EDT - Workshop: Updates on New Student Orientation Resources and Involvement Fairs

    15 May 2021 - Invites to RSOs for NSO Fairs

    19 May, 2021, 2 p.m. EDT - RSO Event Help Office Hours

    26 May, 2021, 2 p.m. EDT - RSO Event Help Office Hours

     

     

    JUNE

    1 June 2021 - Affiliated RSO Registration begins

    2 June, 2021, 2 p.m. EDT - RSO Event Help Office Hours

    9 June, 2021, 2 p.m. EDT - RSO Event Help Office Hours

    16 June, 2021, 2 p.m. EDT - RSO Event Help Office Hours

    23 June, 2021, 2 p.m. EDT - RSO Event Help Office Hours

     

    JULY

    1 July 2021 - Returning RSO Registration begins

    1 July 2021 - Sparticipation Registration begins

    7 July, 2021, 2 p.m. EDT - RSO Event Help Office Hours

    14 July, 2021, 2 p.m. EDT - RSO Event Help Office Hours

    28 July, 2021, 2 p.m. EDT - RSO Event Help Office Hours

     

    AUGUST

    1 August 2021 - New Registered Student Organizations may begin to apply

    1 August 2021 - RSO Event Requests may begin to be submitted

    31 August 2021 - Sparticipation 

  • RSO Registration 2021

    Purpose for the Re-Structure Pilot of Registration 2021:

    • To create a timeline to help student organizations be more proactive in preparing for the Fall Semester.
    • To collaborate with Campus Partners to create a single registration process for RSOs who have had to register with multiple campus entities.
    • To create a process that allows a tiered approach to provide the Student Life Staff better opportunity to support RSO in their registration process.
    • To alleviate the over capacity on Student Life Staff in August and avoid registration and event requests opening on the same day

     

    Timeline:

    • 1 May
      • Marketing for Registration and Reminders will begin to go out
    • 15 May
      • RSO Handbook Launched
    • 1 June
      • RSO Expectations Registration Video Launched
      • Affiliated Registered Student Organizations Registration Opens
    • 1 July
      • Returning Registered Student Organizations Registration Opens
    • 1 August
      • New Registered Student Organizations Registration Opens
    • 17 September 
      • Registration DEADLINE

     

    Registration Categories:

    • Affiliated RSOs for 2021-2022 will be:
      • Major Governing Organizations
        • ASMSU, COGS, RHA, OGA, UACOR, IFC, PanHel, NPHC, MGC
      • CoRES, CoPS, Class Councils and Other Governing Orgs
        • CoRES Groups, CoPS Groups, the four (4) MSU Class Councils, Impact Radio, Council of Medical Students, James Madison College Student Senate, Telecasters, The State News, Women's Council
      • Club Sports
      • IFC, PanHellenic, NPHC, MGC Chapters
    • Returning RSOs for 2021-2022 will be:
      • All other RSOs who were registered for 2020-2021
    • New RSOs for 2021-2022 will be:
      • All organization who have not registered for the 2020-2021 year or never been registered

     

     COVID Exception for 2021-2022:

    We recognize that there are RSOs who did not register during the 2020-2021 year due to COVID. Those RSOs have been moved to "Inactive Status". If you cannot find your RSO on Involve@State check if they are on the List of Inactive RSOs. If you find your organization on this list, please email Student Life at involve@msu.edu.

     

    Workshop: Updates on RSO Registration 2021 PowerPoint: CLICK HERE

    Workshop: Updates on RSO Registration 2021 Video: 

     

     Registration Worksheets:

    The below templates have been created to aid student organizations in preparing for the annual registration. This is only to establish a foundation for the form. Student organizations are encouraged to submit any additional optional information in the form to help build out their Involve@State profiles. To be as thorough as possible, and as needed for their respective organizations, RSOs are encouraged to work with their advisor(s) and the Department of Student Life.

    We hope these will help you prepare information so that when registration opens you will have collected all the needed information in one locations (these worksheets) to make registration quick and simple. 

    Major Governing Groups Worksheet

    CoRES, CoPS, Class Councils and Other Governing Orgs Worksheet

    Club Sports Worksheet

    Fraternity and Sorority Chapters Worksheet

    Returning RSO Worksheet

  • RSO NSO Resources & Involvement Fairs

    In thinking through what a virtual NSO Resources and Involvement Fair can be, and the need for intentionality, efficiency and respect for time of all those involved, our format for NSO Resources and Involvement Fairs will be presented in both synchronous and asynchronous formats:

    • Asynchronous:
      • Utilization of the Involve@State platform, involve.msu.edu
      • All RSOs and campus resources will be updating their pages throughout the summer
      • All new and incoming students will be encouraged to log in and explore the platform and begin showing interest and joining RSOs and discovering campus resources.
        • Please note that all students are welcome to explore and show interest whether or not they are first year students!
    • Synchronous:
      • Host five (5) category specific fairs:
        • 8 July – Campus Resources Fair
        • 22 July – Sports & Leisure Clubs Fair
        • 5 August – Diversity and Inclusion Clubs Fair
        • 12 August – Service Clubs Fair
        • 19 August – General Resources and Involvement Fair

    RSOs and Campus Resources, please see the RSO Workshop and Key Dates Calendar for workshops and invite dates.

  • RSO Sparticipation Sign Up 2021
    Planning for Sparticipation has begun! We are in the early stages and so there is very little we can confirm. However, we are considering all combinations of options. Due to the COVID19 Pandemic we will not be making any final decision until closer to July when registration for the event opens. Please return to this page for more information. Additionally, follow up with your RSO officers and advisors, as information will be pushed out to them via email throughout the summer and follow us on Instagram for the latest as well!
  • RSO: Starting a New RSO

    A small group of students looking at the camera smiling behind a table covered in promotional materials.To start a new RSO or reactivate an old RSO on campus please follow the steps below:

    NOTE: No new RSOs will be able to be formed between 22 April 2021 and 31 July 2021 as Student Life prepares for the 2021-2022 year.

    • Research if there is already an RSO that exists
      • If there is we encourage you to join that RSO rather than start another similar organization
      • To check out orgnaizations that are currently inactive check out the List of Inactive RSOs
    • If you still wish to start a new RSO or reactivate an old RSO:
      • Must first consult with the Department of Student Life (involve@msu.edu) or with the RSO Consultants (rsoconsultant.mgr@asmsu.msu.edu)
      • You will then be instructed to work on the following:
        • Have an RSO Constitution
        • Must have four (4) student members
        • Must have an MSU faculty, staff or graduate student Advisor
          • RSOs open only to undergraduate students may have an advisor who is a MSU faculty member, staff member, or graduate student.
          • RSOs open to undergraduate and graduate students or only graduate students must have an advisor who is a MSU faculty or staff member.
      • If you are creating a new RSO, and have all the above criteria met, check out this step by step resource on how to register your new RSO: Registration for New RSOs 
      • If you are reactiving an old RSO and have all the above criteria met, email the Student Life Team at involve@msu.edu to reactivate the RSO Involve@State to allow you to register the organization. 
  • RSO Resources