Starting a New Organization

Interested in starting a new organization? Prospective organizations seeking recognition may apply upon the start of classes each fall semester, through the end of March. Groups in the process of being recognized at the end of March will be given two weeks to complete the process before their application will be deferred to the next academic  year.

Prospective student organizations must meet the following criteria to be eligible to be recognized:

  1. Complete the New Student Organization Interest Form on Wildcat Link
  2. Meet with the Coordinator of Student Organizations & Leadership (or designee) to discuss eligibility, recognition process, and rights and responsibilities of recognized student organizations
  3. Sign the Proposed Student Organization Agreement
  4. Create a Constitution for the proposed student organization utilizing the Constitution Template Guide provided; Constitution must be reviewed and approved by Coordinator of Student Organizations and Leadership (or designee)
  5. Maintain a roster of at least seven matriculated undergraduate and/or graduate students, four of which must have designated officer roles
  6. Meet with the Coordinator of Student Organizations & Leadership (or designee) to discuss final recommendations, expectations of new student organizations, and any additional requirements determined necessary and communicated by the Coordinator of Student Organizations and Leadership (or designee)
  7. Sign the New Student Organization Agreement

For more information, contact Coordinator of Student Organizations and Leadership, Colleen Kelty.

FAQ

Prospective student organizations must be a group of at least seven matriculated undergraduate and/or graduate students that have a common purpose in alignment with the mission of the University of New Hampshire. Additionally prospective organizations must have an approved Constitution and four officers identified. 

The Memorial Union & Student Activities provides Constitution templates, review, and approval. 

New fraternities and sororities undergo a separate process. For more information please consult the University of New Hampshire's Minimum Standards for Expansion Policy under Off-Campus Engagement and Fraternity & Sorority Life.

  • UNH Alumni
  • UNH Faculty/Staff
  • Off-campus groups/businesses

While Memorial Union & Student Activities values the input of the community, the process of starting a new student organization must be driven by student interest.

Absolutely! The recognition process does not differentiate between student organizations formed by graduate students and undergraduate students.