How do we start a student organization?

Importance of Student Organizations

Student Organizations contribute significantly to the students’ total educational development and progress. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee considers student organization activities and programs an integral part of the University’s mission.

Student activities provide experiences which stimulate interest and understanding of current social, economic, political, cultural or religious problems and issues. At the same time, they provide rewarding experiences that come from living and working in group projects with individuals of varying races, life-styles, creeds, and cultural backgrounds.

In addition, student activities provide students with stimulation for intellectual growth, leadership development, democratic processes, and citizenship responsibilities.

Getting Help

Student Involvement is designed to help students make the most of their extracurricular experience by offering a wide range of services, activities, and programs for students. The staff can help students plan events, interpret University policies, develop training for members and advise students on a variety of topics.

Student Involvement is located on the Third Floor of the Union Building (Room 355) and can be reached at 414-229-5780 or

Things to Consider Before Starting a New Student Organization

Currently, there are 250+ student organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). While the University is supportive of co-curricular and extracurricular experiences, the institution has a responsibility to manage the resources needed for such a large number of organizations. There is also a limit as to how many students may be interested in joining a new organization with so many student organizations already available to them.

Before you begin consider the following questions:

  1. Does your proposed organization overlap with any existing organizations? Check the student organization list by Clicking Here. If there is some overlap, what makes the proposed new organization different from similar organizations?
  2. Does your student organization have enough interest among students to last for multiple years?
  3. Has a similar organization been active on campus in the past? If so, see the Renewal/Inactive section of this website.
  4. Will the proposed organization require special resources (facilities, equipment, etc.) to operate and if so how will the organization gain access to these unique resources?

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