Starting a Student Organization

So, you’re thinking about starting a new student organization on campus? Great! There are over 70 student organizations on campus, and their presence and contribution make the campus community a more vibrant and interesting place. Student clubs and organizations a great way for students with similar interests to pursue their passion and make friends along the way.

Getting Started

Any group of students may organize and request status as a registered Hamline University organization. All student organization must be registered through the Office of Student Activities. Student organizations can also apply to be chartered through the Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress and/or University offices and academic departments. Only groups with an academic focus may be registered through an academic department.

Organizations must:

    • Submit a New Student Organization Request.
    • Meet with the Assistant Director of Student Activities.
    • Complete a Student Organization Registration form (which must be renewed each academic year).
    • Serve a unique function on campus; requests for redundant organizations may be denied.
    • Meet all of University expectations regarding relevant policies.
    • Provide names and contact information of at least 3 Hamline students that will serve as executive officers of the organization.
    • Identify and provide the name and contact information of the organization’s faculty or staff advisor.

Faculty/Staff Advisor

Every recognized student organization (chartered and non-chartered) at Hamline is required to have a faculty or staff person as an advisor. The advisor serves an important role, assisting with activities as well as with organizational development issues. As organization members come and go, the advisor serves as an anchor to the university community. They will have knowledge of the organization’s past successes and challenges, University policies and procedures, and can help ensure the long-term continuity of the group as student leadership changes.

It is recommended that an advisor attend at least one organizational meeting a semester and help with training in of new officers. The advisor must be a Hamline faculty or staff member. If you are having difficulty in finding and advisor, contact the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD).


Revocation of a group's registered status can come upon the continued irresponsible use of the benefits listed above or violation of University policies. No Hamline group may discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.