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Create a New Student Organization

Process to Start a New Student Organization

Thank you for your interest in starting a student organization at Villanova University!

The following is an outline intended to provide students with resources and information on how to effectively become a recognized student organization at Villanova University.

  • Complete the petition to start a recognized organization.  Due to COVID-19, OSI is allowing digitial signatures for new student organization petitions. Email for the online New Student Organization Petition. 
    • Student organizations must be initiated, organized and run by current matriculated Villanova students.
    • Obtain 12 names, email addresses, and signatures (digitial are permitted due to COVID-19) of interested members.
    • Only faculty, staff, and registered students shall be eligible for active membership status in student organizations. Only full-time students shall be eligible to serve as appointed or elected officers in registered student organizations.

Note: In order to serve as an officer of an organization, students must be fully enrolled in classes on campus.  They cannot serve if they are participating in an internship or studying abroad.

  • Create a one-page proposal highlighting the mission and goals of your student organization. Please attach this to your petition. Become familiar with the Villanova University mission statement and Student Involvement’s mission statement, so that the purpose of your organization will be congruent.

  • Schedule a meeting with OSI to discuss the new student organization petition. Your advisor is welcome to attend this meeting. Please email: to set up a meeting time. Here you will talk through your new organization request with a Student Life staff member. If the missions are congruent and there is no further follow up questions regarding the mission and purpose of the new student organization, OSI will then assist in setting up a meeting with the Student Government Association (SGA) and OSI to hear a presentation on the mission and goals of the new student organization.




VU Groups

Visit your student organization VU Groups page to start the approval process regarding meetings, membership engagement events, and events open to the University community. 


Tabling that student organizations regularly engage in, typically near the Connelly Center, the Riley Ellipse, Bartley Hall, and Dougherty Hall, is not permitted at this time during the Spring 2021 semester. 


To have a flyer approved, student organizations must first submit the flyer online to OSI. Student organizations will receive notice of approval where they are then permitted to print the flyer, bring the approved flyer to OSI in Dougherty 102 for a stamp of approval. Then the flyer can be posted on-campus at approved posting locations.