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Start an Organization

Even with more than 500 student organizations, there's plenty of room for others. Launching a new student organization is an effort on your part but it can be a very rewarding experience, too.

Learn the ins and outs of creating a new student organization

If you're thinking about founding a new student organization, take time to investigate other clubs to prevent duplicative organizations and make sure you understand what will be required of you as the group organizer.

Visit Garnet Gate to ensure that a group with similar interests and goals does not already exist. Ideally, any new organization will offer something new or different to interested students. If there's a already a group that's quite similar to the one you're considering, discuss your idea with the existing group to see if you can combine forces.

Get your new organization underway

Once you've checked out Garnet Gate, the first step is to complete a Student Organization Intent Form. The intent form for the 2022-2023 academic year will be available from July 24th, 2023 - April 19th, 2024. Completing this form helps us learn more about the organization you want to start on campus and ensures that we send you the most useful resource guide. Please note that only students at the University of South Carolina can start a student organization.

Start-up Checklist

Here's what you can expect your path to be as you begin your organization:

  1. Complete the New Student Organization Intent Form.
  2. Recruit seven members.
  3. Create a constitution/governing document for your organization.
  4. Complete a Garnet Gate application.
  5. Await feedback from the Leadership and Service Center.
  6. Receive approval for new organization.
  7. Make sure your members accept their membership in Garnet Gate.

We can help.

If you've submitted and would like to know more about your application progress email

If you need additional assistance you can schedule an optional coaching appointment. 

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