Cultivate a stronger sense of community—find your niche and rise together.
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?
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:
Meet others and expand your network
Enhance your professional experience
Expand your thinking and interests
Develop leadership, organization and management skills
Find an organization that piques your interest or start your own.
As the University endeavors to becoming the New Career University through its Career Services for Life® campaign, RSOs are the bridge to each students’ transition from education to the workplace.
Co-curricular programs such as RSOs reinforce 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).
Below are some of the highlights our RSOs had despite the disruptions cause by the pandemic:
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