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Start a Club or Organization

Start or Renew a Club or Organization

Read through the descriptions of the different types of clubs and organizations, and make sure you meet all of the requirements before clicking the button below to fill out the application form.

Green clubs are meant to be smaller and more localized in nature. These clubs are typically a social circle who share a common interest, hobby, or belief and are simply looking to hang out to engage and explore those interests, hobbies, and beliefs in a small group setting. If ever desired, GREEN Student Clubs can apply to become GOLD Student Clubs.

  • Have 1 Group Leader/President with a 2.25 GPA.
  • Register and maintain a minimum of 3 currently enrolled members (students) (including the club leader/President).
  • Maintain up-to-date meeting minutes, attendance, and active roster documents (Student Life may periodically request this information!)
  • Reserve a campus meeting space (within reason) during Student Life's Office Hours.
  • Participate in Student Life tabling events such as Involvement Fair/Week, etc.
  • Have a President, Treasurer, Secretary with a minimum 2.25 GPA each (These Executive Board Members will receive their campus acronym, i.e. AL President, AN President, LO President, etc.)
  • Register and maintain a minimum of 6 currently enrolled members (students) in good standing with NOVA
  • Maintain up-to-date meeting minutes, attendance, and active roster documents (Student Life may periodically request this information)
  • Have 1 full-time faculty/staff advisor
  • Complete and submit a Constitution (a template can be found at this link:
  • Have a willingness to expand membership and access collegewide
  • Reserve a campus space (within reason) outside of Student Life operating hours but within campus operating hours, 9am - 9pm
  • Participate and attend Student Life tabling events such as Involvement Fair/Week, etc.
  • Fundraise on campus, request funding from their campus Student Government Association (SGA), and host events
  • Attend and participate in off-campus leadership experiences as a delegation such as conferences, institutes, etc.
  • Expand and recruit members collegewide (a Club Council must be established and Presidents at other campuses will serve as co-chairs)

These organizations may have an overarching local, regional, national, or global governance beyond NOVA. They may also be group established by NOVA administration to assure student voice and representation. Examples of organizations are Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), The National Society of Leadership & Success, Student Government Association, etc.

Requirements & Allowances
  • Have specific membership requirements that may include, GPA, application, recommendation(s), dues, service, etc.
  • Members are or may be selected through an application/formalized election process.
  • Organizations carry all allowances of the Gold Club distinction.

Please Note: To establish an organization at NOVA please contact the Director of Student Leadership & Engagement, Nigel Word ( for more information.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Applications Due: October 1
  • Student Life Approval Notifications Due: October 15
  • Spring Applications Due: February 1
  • Student Life Approval Notifications Due: February 15

Apply to Start a NOVA Club or Organization

Philosophy of Student Involvement in Clubs & Organizations

Student organizations at NOVA serve as a valuable educational function, offering students the opportunity to join together in governmental, cultural, political, and/or special interest issues settings and to assume various leadership roles in carrying out the mission of the group. Organizations contribute a range of perspectives to the overall college community, thus enriching the academic environment and campus life for all students.

The Office of Student Life established a recognition process for student organizations that offers structure by providing parameters in which organizations can function; spells out responsibilities for groups, which the College expects them to fulfill; establishes a communication pattern between clubs and organizations and the Office of Student Life to provide support and stability to newly formed groups and their advisors and clearly defines consequences for groups, which choose not to exist in accordance with these guidelines.

In the establishment of a recognition process, the Office of Student Life fulfills its charge to create an appropriate environment for the support and maturation of student groups. The recognition process adds such an environment while maintaining flexibility. This goal has been a primary guiding principle in the creation of this recognition process.

Are you interested in starting a club? Contact your campus club coordinator to discuss it further. We look forward to working with you!