Start a Student Organization at UO Portland


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Create Community at UO Portland

Can't find a student org that you're interested in? Start your own! All you need is a group of friends.


UO Portland Students can take one of three pathways when starting a student organization

  1. Apply for recognition and funding from the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO)

  2. Register their organization with the Center for Student Involvement (CSI)

  3. Organize separately from the University, providing your own funding, programming, and promotional materials.


CSI-Registered & ASUO-Recognized Student Organizations

CSI-registered and ASUO-recognized student organizations may be eligible to receive support and/or funding through CSI and ASUO. However, these organizations must meet certain criteria and follow ASUO/CSI processes. You can learn more about the criteria and processes and find links to the applications here. While ASUO and CSI are physically located in Eugene, UO Portland students have equal opportunity to access these organizations and register with/apply for recognition from these organizations.

Organizing Separately from the University

If your organization does not meet the requirements to start an ASUO-recognized or CSI-registered student club or organization, you can also choose to organize separately from the University. This means organizing meetings with a group of like-minded peers without requirements or funding from University organizations and departments. Independent student organizations plan their own events, create their own promotional materials, and find their own means for funding. Examples of independent student organizations include the Black Creative Collective and the University of Oregon Industrial Designers Society of American Chapter in Portland.

Student Life and Belonging is here to help, regardless of your student organization's status. Student Life may support all student organizations by promoting events in the weekly Quick Quack and lending support and advice in reserving on-campus spaces and planning events. 

If you would like to learn more about existing UO Portland student clubs and organizations, or would like to receive support from Student Life while you start your own club or organization, please reach out to the Office of Student Life and Belonging (

If you would like to learn more about starting a student club or organization, please reach out to the Center for Student Involvement ( | 541-346-2631)