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Start a New Organization

Are you interested in starting a new student organization at CSUSM? Follow these steps to get started! These steps will guide you through the process to establish a new student organization for the following semester. 

Note: Sport Clubs are only recognized in fall semester of each year. The recognition process for these organizations must be initiated in the Spring term of the current academic year for activation the following fall. 

Before you start: Check out our existing student organizations! An organization that fits your interests might already exist.

Student Organization Directory

Initial Steps

Officer Requirements

Per CSU Coded Memorandum AA 2012-05, all Presidents and Treasurers of recognized student organizations are considered Minor Student Officers. As such, the Student Leadership & Involvement Center will verify that each President and Treasurer:

  1. Is matriculated (degree-seeking) and enrolled at CSUSM.
  2. Maintains a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 each term. (Specific organizations or councils may institute higher minimum GPA requirements) 
  3. Is in good standing with the University and not on probation (academic or disciplinary) of any kind.
  4.  Is earning at least six semester units while holding office, as undergraduates. Graduate and Credential students must earn at least 3 semester units while holding office.
  5. Is limited to 150 semester units or 125 percent of the units required for a specific baccalaureate degree objective, whichever is greater. Graduate and Credential students are allowed to earn a maximum of 50 semester units or 167 percent of the units required for the graduate or credential objective, whichever is greater.

Failure to meet these requirements will result in removal from office and could risk the recognition status of an organization.

Mandatory Trainings

  • Student Organization Leader Online Training
  • Spring Student Organization Leadership Conference (Spring SOLC)
    • One of your organization's officers (President or Treasurer) must attend the Spring Student Organization Leadership Conference.
    • SOLC will provide training on the basics of running a student organization, covering topics such as event planning, managing your organization funds, leadership strategies, and more!
  • Student Organization Leadership Academy
    • One of your organization's officers (President or Treasurer) must participate in the Student Organization Leadership Academy during the Spring semester.
    • The Student Organization Leadership Academy offers a deeper dive into leadership, organization development, event planning, and more to help you take your organization to the next level!