With over 800 clubs and organizations, the University of Washington offers numerous ways for students to get involved on campus. Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) play a significant role for students to develop interpersonal skills, enhance their learning environment, prepare to live in a diverse society, and contribute to a global community.
RSOs provide many benefits including serving as a medium for academic and political discourse, community service, health & wellness, intercultural understanding as well as making lasting friendships. Additionally, research suggests that students involved in extracurricular clubs and activities tend to perform better academically and are more likely to graduate when compared with their non-involved peers.
At UW, RSOs must be created and run by UW students and there are thousands of students involved in RSOs at any given time. RSOs range from computer gaming, to car clubs, to outdoor recreation, to faith-based, to academic honoraries, to fraternities & sororities, and more. To find an RSO that fits you, the HUB offers the following resources.
The online RSO Directory hosted on RSO Community includes all current RSOs and is searchable by category, keyword, or alphabetically.
RSO Community is the UW’s online portal for student clubs and organizations to register for official recognition. RSO profiles provide information such as RSO purpose, officers, email, website, social media channels, advisors, and event listings. Students and the greater UW community are encouraged to explore RSO Community to find, learn more about, and communicate directly with RSOs.
The Student Activities Office (SAO) has trained student RSO Peer Assistants to answer questions and help guide students to RSOs that match their interests.
Call: RSO Peer Assistants are available via phone. Call 206-543-2380 between 10am – 5pm, Mon-Fri.
Drop-In Sessions: RSO Peer Assistants are available in SAO, HUB 232, between 10am – 5pm, Mon-Fri.
Dawg Daze Sessions: RSO Peer Assistants will table at the Student Activities Fairs during Dawg Daze, September 28 & 29, and host an info session “How to find and join an RSO” on October 7.
Email: Finding the right RSO could be as easy as sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. RSO Peer Assistants can help students find the right RSO or RSOs. To be of best help with an RSO search, students should try to be as specific as possible regarding interests, for example: