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 

    JULY

    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 

     

    SEPTEMBER

    2 September 2021 - Greek Fall Welcome

    9 September 2021 - Spartan Remix

    10 September - Health, Wellness & Club Sports Fair

  • RSO Registration 2021

     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 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

  • 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

     

    Workshop: Updates on New Student Orientation Fairs PowerPoint: CLICK HERE

    Workshop: Updates on New Student Orientation Fairs Video: 

  • Sparticipation 2021

    Image withgreen background and white text "Sparticipation 2021, August 31st, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. EST, Cherry Lane Field

    Tuesday, 31 August 2021
    4 p.m. - 8 p.m. EST
    Cherry Lane Field

    Agenda:
    Food, Main Stage DJ & Spartan RSO Showcase, Resource Fair start at 4:00 p.m. EST
    Spartan Spirit Rally will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST at the Main Stage

    Rain Location: Breslin and Munn

    *tabling will be limited and be provided on a first come first served basis according to the sign up form


    RSOs 


    You can reserve your table for the Fair here: https://msu.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/488770 

    Please note:

    • Requests are due by 14 August
    • All tables/spaces will be assigned on a first come first served basis
    • We will do our best to meet your requests but cannot gaurantee that we will be able to meet all requests
    • Once all spaces are taken we will have a waitlist
    • If groups do not sign in on the day of Sparticipation by 3 p.m., we will release your table and assign it to a group on the waitlist
    • We will make the rain call 48 hours before the event if needed and communications will be sent through email and social media

    Departments 


    You can reserve your table for the Fair here: https://msu.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/488780

    Please note:

    • Requests are due by 14 August
    • Departments are charged $100 for the table/space and will be asked for account information in the sign up form 
    • All tables/spaces will be assigned on a first come first served basis
    • We will do our best to meet your requests but cannot gaurantee that we will be able to meet all requests
    • If groups do not sign in on the day of Sparticipation by 3 p.m., we will release your table and assign it to a group on the waitlist
    • We will make the rain call 48 hours before the event if needed and communications will be sent through email and social media

    Showcase: Performances & Demonstrations

    Student Life is seeking RSOs who would like to do a performance or demonstration on the Mail Stage of Sparticipation!

    Performances considered can include dancing, singing, spoken word, etc.

    Demonstration considered can include fencing demonstration, conditioning demonstration, etc.

    There is a limited number of performance/demonstration time slots, and will be filled by first come first served based on types for creating a Showcase that represents the diversity of RSOs in our student organization community.


    The form and guidelines can be found here: https://msu.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/490466

    SUBMISSIONS are due 14 August 2021


    Sponsorships

    In the case you wish to be a Sponsor of Sparticipation, you will be promoting your unit while supporting the mission of the Department of Student Life and the Division of Student Affairs and Services.

    Our sponsorship packages range from $800-$3,000. Each sponsor receives at least one booth (a table and two chairs) along with recognition on the event’s t-shirts and program. For more information on the packages, please review the sponsorship packages. 

    All sponsorship requests are subject to review by the Department of Student Life and Michigan State University.  You will be notified of your status within one week of submitting this form.


    https://msu.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/488114

  • 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.
      • 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. 
  • RSO Resources