Organization Registration

Student Organization Annual Registration

Whether you're looking to re-register your organization, create a new organization, or explore what it takes to become a Sponsored Student Organization - you've come to the right place!

The University of Michigan - Dearborn has two types of student organizations, sponsored (SSO) and registered (RSO). All student organizations must be registered and recognized by the Office of Student Life (OSL).  Organizations must be re-registered annually and go through an annual constitution review. 

Becoming an Organization

So you've explored the organizations UM-Dearborn has to offer and discovered that what you were hoping to find doesn't yet exist. Creating a new organization does not have to be scary or difficult. We've compiled a number of resources to help you along the way. You'll also want to check out VictorsLink for additional resources and to understand all it has to offer once you become a registered organization.

The Office of Student Life recognizes two types of organizations, Registered Student Organizations and Sponsored Student Organizations.

Registered Student Organization (RSO): Registered Student Organizations are un-sponsored organizations recognized by the Office of Student Life. RSOs are formed by a minimum of five enrolled students who share a common purpose. RSOs are classified as one of the following categories: Hobbies & recreation; Social Activism & Civic Engagement; Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Academic; Fraternity & Sorority; Professional & Honorary; Health & Wellness.

Sponsored Student Organizations (SSOs) - Sponsored Student Organizations are registered student organizations that have a substantial relationship with a sponsoring University department. In order to be considered an SSO, the sponsoring unit must provide the organization with one or more of the following: operating budget/financial sponsorship, office space, logo use, and/or staff advisor. Being an SSO indicates that an office/department views the organization as tied so closely with the sponsor’s mission that the organization is essentially a part of the office. Receiving this classification requires a formal agreement between the sponsoring department and student organization.

Office of Student Life

2136 - James C. Renick University Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Office Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed