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How to Start a Student Organization

There are very few formal requirements for starting an organization. The following is a non-exhaustive list of required and recommended steps:

  • Review the list of current student organizations to see if your topic of interest is already being addressed. If not, consider the possibility of working with an existing organization to expand their mission to include your goals.
  • If you still think that your goals are best addressed by a new organization, gauge student interest in your project through an informal meeting or through email. You may not use Drexel list-servs to send mass emails, but you may get permission from another org, at their discretion, to use their list.
  • REQUIRED - Have at least four members signed up to join the group.
  • REQUIRED - Once you have at least four members interested in your group, draft and a mission statement for your organization. You must submit the mission statement to the VP Student Affairs.
  • Draft a list of goals and possible events that your organization might sponsor.
  • Draft a list of possible philanthropic projects that your group could work on.
  • REQUIRED - Create a budget proposal for the full academic year and submit to the SBA Treasurer.
  • Attend an SBA meeting to be formally recognized by the governing body.

Remember - all student orgs are subject to oversight by the administration. If you receive funding from the school through the SBA, understand that the administration requires you to conform with school policies.