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Annual Requirements

The annual registration process for the 2024-25 academic year is NOW OPEN! To avoid any interuption to RSO privileges, all registered student organizations are required to:

  1. Submit annual registration form on Wildcat Connection to maintain eligibility of their recognized status by Northwestern University for the following academic year. This form includes a space to identify student org officers who can complete training modules on Canvas.
    • To access the form, navigate to your group's Wildcat Connection page, click "Manage Organization" in the top right corner, and then click on the blue button that says "Re-Register This Organization."
    • The form should be submitted by only one student on behalf of the org. The student who submits this form should be an INCOMING student leader of the org, meaning someone who will be a leader for the group during the 2024-25 academic year. 
  2. Complete all assigned Canvas courses by August 31, 2024. In the aforementioned form, there will be a place to list which student leaderds should be assigned to which Canvas course. Adding students to their specific courses is a manual process, so it does not happen automatically when the form is submitted. 
    • An updated gradebook link will appear here regularly by mid-August.

CLICK HERE for a list of groups who have already submitted the annual registration form. 

Information about these requirements is sent via Wildcat Connection (SOA's Weekly Newsletter) 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. This document provides information on how to update your organization's Wildcat Connection officers and roster.

Wildcat Connection Registration

SOA works with student group representatives to ensure this process covers university requirements as well as solicits helpful data to share back with student organization representatives. The registration process is completed by student group representatives on their organization's Wildcat Connection page. 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. For more information, please email Joe Lattal at joseph.lattal@northwestern.edu.

Student Organization Officer Canvas Courses (SOOCCs)

SOA identifies resources and policies relevant for > 90% of the registered student organization (RSO) community to include in the Canvas course trainings. SOA manually enrolls students who are listed on the final screen of the Wildcat Connection  annual registration form for each RSO. With a significant amount of new knowledge to absorb, the Canvas courses are available to refer back to as needed throughout the year to prepare folx in their roles for a successful term. Courses are focused on the following topics:

For questions about enrollment and requirements, please email Joe Lattal

Other components of annual requirements

Beyond the SOA annual requirements listed above, specific RSOs may have additional items to complete to prepare for the new year.

All undergraduate student organizations recognized as official Northwestern student organizations by the university, whether they receive ASG funding or not. A student leader for the 2024-25 academic year must complete the registration in the Wildcat Connection platform (not the advisor, nor an outgoing leader). Greek letter organizations who are part of the four social councils (IFC, MGC, NPHC, and PHA) and residence-based organizations do not need to complete this process for 2024-25. Groups that are departmentally-sponsored (e.g. have an administrator use a chart string for expenses rather than a SOFO account, are advised by a professional on the group's topic, etc.) may have to re-register if the advisor requires it.

Annual registration for the 2024-25 academic year launched on Monday, May 13, 2024. Groups who fail to complete the process (including Canvas modules) may have future space reservations cancelled, SOFO accounts frozen, and eligibility 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: typically free
  • Applying for office space in Norris
  • Reserve classroom space via the Registrar’s Office online platform
  • Obtain/maintain Northwestern Plan-It Purple events calendar
  • Access SOFO account
  • Reserve a table for the Fall/Winter/Spring Student Organization Fairs and Spring Wildcat Days fair for prospective students
  • Reserve outdoor marketing space
  • Applying to Campus Life/Student Organizations & Activities grants
  • Applying for ASG funding
  • Applying for McCormick funding (McCormick sponsored groups)

Re-register on Wildcat Connection by taking the following steps:

  • Login to Wildcat Connection and search for your organization.
  • The president and treasurer will see a "Manage Organization" button on their org's page.
  • A prompt should show whether the group needs to complete registration for 2024-25.
  • Complete all required steps

For more information please email Joe Lattal.