How to Start a Student Club on Campus
Student clubs can be a great complement to your life on campus. You’ll meet new like-minded friends and will get to organize and participate in activities that suit you. Do you have a particular hobby or interest that isn’t covered by a club at your university or college? If so, why not start a club yourself? It’s easy to do and, who knows, maybe your club will go on to become a long-lasting tradition on campus. By registering your club with your school, you’ll gain access to university resources, such as being listed in the school directory and an official room or other location in which your club can gather.
Filling out the paperwork
First, you should know that there are three main types of student groups. They are:
- Student Organizations: These clubs are composed exclusively of students who are enrolled at the university.
- Campus Organizations: These clubs can include university faculty members. The group can then be run by both students and faculty members working together.
- Community Organizations: Open to anyone in the local community. If you try to register as a community organization, you might have to prove that the group will help both the school and the community.
Depending on your school, you’ll need to meet different requirements before your club can be endorsed by the university. There will be forms to fill, and you may have to collect signatures to prove that a reasonable amount of students are interested in your club. In some schools, student organizations have to find a faculty member to sponsor them and be willing to act as a kind of big brother or sister figure to the group.
Once this has been completed, your club will be asked to write a constitution. This doesn’t have to be very complicated, just a clear list of the club’s objectives, main rules and values. If you’re asking for funding from the university, you may be required to submit a preliminary budget. Again, don’t overcomplicate things. Your preliminary budget should strike a good balance between comprehensive and easy to read.
Getting new members
Once your club has been approved, it’s time to recruit some new members. You can hang flyers up in dorms, academic buildings and on public bulletin boards. On the flyer, make sure to list your school, club name, goals and an email address at which interested students can contact you. If you want to do more, you can contact the college’s newspaper and see if they would be willing to cover your club’s activities as part of their school news. You can also pass out flyers near the school’s main entrance, or sponsor an event on campus in exchange for publicity. All of these strategies can help you recruit new members for your club.