Registered Student Organizations

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

RSOs are a great way to make friends, build community and to journey with through your college experience!

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!

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Images of a human size sign that says "Spartans" with images of large groups of RSOs together and smiling.
  • 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 

  • RSO Workshop & Key Dates Calendar

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

    RSO Help Office Hours are every Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST at https://msu.zoom.us/j/99032875430

  • RSO Registration 2021

     Timeline: (This does not apply for New RSOs)

    • 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 
      • All Affiliated and Returning Registered Student Organizations DEADLINE
        • Returning RSOs who do not register by this date will lose access to their benefits
    • 15 October
      • All Affiliated and Returning Registered Student Organizations Registration DEADLINE to reinstate benefits
      • Registration Closes
    • 1 January
      • All Affiliated and Returning Registered Student Organizations Registration Opens
        • For any RSOs who did not get registered by 15 October can get registered
    • 31 January
      • All Affilitated and Returning Registered Student Organizations Registration DEADLINE to reinstate benefits
      • Registration Closes for the Year

     

    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 Expectations 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

  • 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 15 April 2022 and 31 July 2022 as Student Life prepares for the 2022-2023 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.
      • Review the RSO Expectations Video

         

      • 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. 
  • Financial Resources
  • Event Planning Resources
  • Other RSO Resources