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Starting a New Student Organization

Starting a new student organization is easy at UT Austin. All that is needed are 10 members, a constitution, and $20. The new student organization application process is only open at the start of the fall 2021 (August 25 – September 30) and spring 2022 (January 18 – February 28).

Steps to Starting a New Student Organization

All new student organizations, including those intending to become sponsored student organizations, must first complete steps 1-6 to form a registered student organization:

  1. Recruit Members: Student organizations must have 10 members.
    1. Organizations that do not maintain at least 10 members on their HornsLink roster must participate in the Organization Coaching Program. For more information, please review the Organization Coaching Program (pdf) guidelines.
    2. Review the Recruitment and Retention of Members (pdf) guide for tips and best practices.
  2. Write A Constitution: All student organizations are required to have a constitution.
    1. Writing a constitution before submitting the new student organization application will streamline the application process.
    2. Review the Constitution Guidelines for Student Organizations (pdf) for detailed information.
    3. Use the Constitution Template (docx) along with the Constitution Guidelines to create a student organization constitution.
  3. Attend Officer Orientation
    1. Sign in to HornsLink, events will not appear if you do not sign in.
    2. Click the Events tab and search for Officer Orientation.
    3. Select the date you wish to attend.
    4. RSVP to the workshop.
  4. Attend a Safety Education Workshop
    1. Sign in to HornsLink.
    2. Click on the Events tab and search for Safety Education.
    3. Select the date you wish to attend.
    4. RSVP to the workshop.
  5. Submit a new student organization application. Do not submit an application until after attending Officer Orientation.
    1. Sign in to HornsLink.
    2. Click the Organizations tab.
    3. Click the Register an Organization button on the left-hand side.
    4. Click Register a New Organization at the bottom.
    5. Follow the registration instructions, and click Submit.
  6. Pay the $20 application fee
    1. To pay online:
      1. Go to http://bit.ly/DOStxshop.
      2. Click on New Org Application.
    2. To pay in person, visit the Student Organization Center (2609 University Avenue, Suite 2.112) with exact cash or a check made out to UT Austin.

Once these steps have been completed, application processing can take up to two weeks. Student Activities will email if there are any questions about the application.
Please email soc@austin.utexas.edu, or call 512-471-3065 for more information.