Annual Requirements

All registered student organizations are required to:

  • Re-register each spring to be maintain eligibility of their recognized status by Northwestern University
  • Be represented at the Student Organization Symposium
Information about these requirements 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 includes 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.


All undergraduate student organizations recognized as official Northwestern student organizations by the university, whether they receive ASG funding or not. A student representative must complete the registration in the Wildcat Connection platform (not the advisor). Greek letter organizations who are part of the four social councils (IFC, MGC, NPHC, and PHA) do not need to complete this process for 2018-19.



Registration is open from April 18 to May 18, 2018. Groups who miss the first deadline may have future space reservations cancelled, SOFO accounts frozen, and eligbility to participate in the fall organization fair withheld.


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) at the lowest unit rate available
  • Applying for office space in Norris
  • Access to community service vehicles (community engagement groups only)
  • 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 11)

  • 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. / Click "manage organization" in the upper right corner. A prompt should show whether the group needs to complete registration.
  • Complete all required steps

Student Organization Symposium - May 7 & 8 @ Norris University Center

Thank you to all for your participation in this year's event! All visuals and presentation materials can be found in this folder on Northwestern BOX (netID log-in may be required).

Feedback for this year's event? Please email:


  • 4:45-5:10 Event Check-in
  • 5:10-5:35 Intro to SOA, updates to student org training, student org recognition
  • 5:35-6:05 Contracts & Event Planning Procedures
  • 6:05-6:35 Fundraising Strategies with Alumni Relations & Development
  • 6:35-7:15 Dinner Break
  • 7:20-8:05 Student Org Tech Resources & Wildcat Connection Page Management
  • 8:10-8:40 Compliance with Recruiting, Anti-Hazing, and Conduct with Student Conduct
  • 8:45-9:00 ASG VP of Student Activities Election


For more information please email Joe Lattal.