Recognized Student Organizations (RSO)
We know that many valuable lessons are learned both inside and outside of the classroom. Whether you’re attending online or at a campus near you, the best way to connect to campus life is by getting involved. Make lasting connections, experience personal growth and enhance your overall university experience by participating in a Recognized Student Organization (RSO).
Through involvement in our officially-recognized honor societies, professional associations, academically‐focused interest groups or philanthropic organizations, you’ll have the opportunity to experience personal growth, cultivate leadership ability, gain professional knowledge and skills and develop career plans.
Each organization offers a unique experience that can help you build personal and professional relationships with fellow students and expand your network within your community and beyond.
Interested in joining an RSO or starting your own? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your place to get involved
Student organizations can provide opportunities for you to engage in valuable learning, networking and developmental activities outside of the classroom—enhancing your college experience and cultivating a stronger sense of belonging. By getting involved in an RSO, you’ll have the opportunity to:
Find an organization that piques your interest or start your own.
The Bridge Between Education and the Workplace
As the University endeavors to becoming the New Career University through its Careers Services for Life campaign, RSOs are the bridge to each students’ transition from education to the workplace.
Co-curricular programs such as RSOs reinforces a student’s “why”—intentions of purpose— by equipping them with skills for personal and professional development (Rosch and Collins, 2017). This creates motivation to meet and exceed their goals of academic completion and job attainment. In addition, Participation in RSOs cultivate social and civic development, leadership identity formation, soft skills (i.e. collaboration and communication) reinforcement, community networking and career support (Rosch and Collins, 2017).
Rosch, D. M., & Collins, J. D. (2017). Chapter 1: The significance of student organizations to leadership development. New Directions for Student Leadership, 2017(155), 9–19. https://doi.org/10.1002/yd.20246
Below are some of the highlights our RSOs had despite the disruptions cause by the pandemic:
Upsilon Phi Delta (Health Administration): Hosted 1st online induction
Pi Lambda Theta (Education): Collaborated with national chapter to determine best practices for student engagement
Eta Theta (Criminal Justice): Joined forces with program colleges to promote the organization and upgraded their website to improve student accessibility
National Society for Leadership & Success: The second largest chapter of NSLS national, $55K in scholarships, $17K in charity, 5K in perpetual scholarship and collaborated with University Assessment for student engagement data to enhance co-curricular offerings
Golden Key International Honor Society: Newest RSO, partnered with the American Red Cross and donated blood.