Start a Student Organization

Missouri State University offers students a wide variety of ways to get involved on campus. Student Organizations are a great way to bring you together with other students who have similar ideas and goals. Not only can you learn from each other, but you can also develop friendships and contacts. If you have an idea for an organization that is not currently developed, we’d love to help you get started.

Please be aware that this process is extensive and requires a substantial commitment from you. From start to finish it could take several weeks or even months to get a new group officially recognized.

**The registration process for new organizations is now CLOSED. There will be another opportunity to start the process in Fall 2022.


Step 1: Attend a New Student Organization & SOFAC Meeting

This semester, we will be having ONE meeting for anyone interested in starting a new organization. During the meeting, the registration process and student organization funding (SOFAC) will be discussed. This meeting has already been held for the Fall semester, but there will be another one (date TBD) in the Spring.

Step 2: Select an Advisor and members for student organization

Student organizations must have one MSU full-time staff or faculty member serve as an advisor to the organization. Each organization must have a minimum of 4 MSU students as members. Together you will develop a purpose for your organization.

Step 3: Complete and submit registration paperwork

Students will receive 2 forms at the New Student Organization & SOFAC Meeting; the forms include: Annual Update Form and the Faculty/Staff Agreement Form. All paperwork must be submitted to the OSE in order to progress through the recognition process.

Step 4: Create and submit a Constitution and/or Bylaws document

Students must create a Constitution and/or Bylaws using the template provided at the New Student Organization and SOFAC meeting. Completed constitutions and bylaws should be emailed to

Student organization constitutions will be presented to the Missouri State Student Government Association (SGA) for final review and approval.  SGA will look to ensure that a prospective organization does not too heavily overlap with other organizations, that there isn’t a large amount of risk associated with the organization, and that the group’s proposed constitution meets University standards. SGA will then approve the student organization for recognition by Missouri State University. 

More information can be found in the Student Organization Handbook.