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What is a Student Organization?

A student organization is defined as a group of currently enrolled University of North Carolina at Charlotte students who unite to promote a common interest. These organizations are student-initiated and student-run. Student organizations may include other members of the University community such as alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators as long as 51% of the membership are currently enrolled students. Only currently enrolled students can serve as officers or vote on organizational matters.

UNC Charlotte recognizes the vital contributions that student organizations make to the quality of life on campus; however, recognition as a UNC Charlotte student organization is not to be interpreted as an endorsement, approval, or reflection of the mission, purpose, and/or activities of UNC Charlotte or its affiliates.

The Act for Registration, a document governed by the Student Government Association (SGA), outlines the rights and responsibilities student organizations have at UNC Charlotte. Review this important document.

Types/Classification of Student Organizations

All student organizations are governed by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the SGA Senate Organizational Ways and Means Committee. The following are the categories that all student organizations fall under:

  • Academic/Pre-Professional - Organizations designed for students interested in a particular career or academic field who want to establish networks and further develop their skills in that area.
  • Fraternity & Sorority - Traditionally known as Greek-letter fraternities and sororities, these academic and service-oriented groups work to foster the ideals of friendship and the development of character. Find additional information to register a fraternity or sorority.
  • Graduate - Organizations designed specifically to meet the needs of graduate students in their specific areas of study or interest. Find additional information to register a graduate group.
  • Honor Society - Local and national honor societies that provide service and/or leadership opportunities and recognition for students with academic honors.
  • Interest - Organizations that exist to enhance campus life and to provide support to students through a variety of programs and events.
  • International - Focused on providing support, knowledge, and awareness through interactions and discussions of international culture, language, and people in the global community.
  • Media - Main purpose is education about and production of mass communication.
  • Multicultural - Focused on providing support and fostering community within the various cultures, races, religions and orientations represented among the student body.
  • Performance - Main purpose is to entertain and educate through dance, vocal and other performances.
  • Political - Student groups that encourage expression, debate, and support of political issues, views, and/or candidates.
  • Religious/Spiritual - Groups that provide spiritual and/or religious development and support.
  • Service - Organizations that provide volunteer opportunities for civic-minded students eager to serve the campus and/or community.
  • Sport Club - Groups that encourage participation in and promotion of team sports, physical fitness, health and wellness, as well as leisure and special interest activities. Visit Recreational Services for additional information to register a sport club.

For questions regarding registering a new student organization, please call the Student Organizations Office at (704) 687-7176 or email