Annual Requirements

All registered student organizations are required to re-register each spring. Information about this process is sent via Wildcat Connection to student group presidents and finance officers. Make sure your group doesn't miss out by visiting your organization's page on Wildcat Connection, reviewing the roster, and making sure the contact info for your roster members is accurate and up-to-date.

In addition to annual re-registration, representatives of groups may be required to attend specific trainings or informational sessions throughout the year or complete virtual training sessions by specific deadlines.
All groups must also have an up-to-date constitution available for prospective and current members to review. The document can be stored and published on the organization's Wildcat Connection page in the 'Docs' section.


SOA works with student group representatives to ensure this process covers university requirements as well as requests helpful data to share back with student organization representatives. The registration process is completed by student group representatives on Wildcat Connection. Groups who submit registration on-time experience no interruption of their registered status privileges and receive preference for table location at the all-organization fair.


Student organizations recognized as official Northwestern student organizations by the university.


Any on-campus organization comprised of Northwestern students who wishes to exist as a Northwestern student organization.


Registration is open from April 18 to May 31st each year. Groups who have not re-registered by May 31st of each year will no longer be recognized as Northwestern University student organizations.


Registration provides students with access to the following privileges (students must still meet individual requirements to obtain each privilege):

  • Reserve space at Norris and Satellite Venues (Cahn, Ryan Auditorium, Shanley)
  • Applying for office space in Norris
  • Access to community service vehicles
  • Reserve classroom space via the Registrar’s Office
  • Obtain/maintain Northwestern Plan-It Purple events calendar
  • Access SOFO account
  • Reserve a table for the Fall/Winter Student Organization Fairs
  • Publicize events on campus sidewalks
  • Reserve outdoor marketing space
  • Applying to Campus Life/ Student Organizations & Activities grants
  • Applying for ASG funding
  • Applying for McCormick funding


Re-register on Wildcat Connection EVERY YEAR (April 18-May 31)

  • Login to Wildcat Connection
  • Click on “Organizations” Click on “Search” to open search bar and find your org.
  • Click “Register This Organization” below your org.
  • Complete all required steps

Student Organization Symposium

Each Spring, Student Organizations & Activities hosts a leadership conference for all incoming RSO presidents and treasurers in the Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208).


The day often consists of a key note presentation and breakout learning sessions. The SOS will inform new officers of student organization policies and procedures, as well as resources available to help RSOs prepare for the upcoming year. The overall goal is to help student leaders (approximately 400) develop personally and professionall to prepare for leading their respective orgs through a comphrensive theme.


Every RSO must be represented by the President and Treasurer (or the next leadership representative available). We will be providing different tracks for first time leaders and veterans. There will be various sessoins available to attend.
Keep an eye on your emails for this exciting event!

For more information please email Tracey Gibson-Jackson.