Starting and participating in an organization can be a rewarding way to make connections, build leadership skills, and contribute to the Penn State World Campus community. To start an organization, you will need to familiarize yourself with the applicable policies and follow steps to declare your intent to organize and form your organization. Organizations must also register programs and events when they are planned.
Policies and Rules
Before you begin to officially form your club or organization, familiarize yourself with the Policies and Rules for Student Organizations (PDF). These policies and rules define the procedures for obtaining and maintaining recognition as an organization, as well as expectations for how established organizations must operate.
Form Your Club or Organization
After reviewing the policies and rules for student organizations, you will need to review and follow several steps to form your organization. If you need assistance, the Student Affairs office is available to help guide you through the process of getting a new club up and running.
Register Your Club Event or Program
All club and organization events (excluding general meetings) must be registered in advance with the Student Affairs office. Completing the registration process helps to ensure that your event adheres to policy and organization guidelines.
After your club or organization has been approved, you can request funding to support things like travel, program, equipment, media, and other operational costs. Learn more about how to request funding.