Student Activities Office

The Student Activities Office (SAO) is one of several units with the HUB department.

SAO staff encourage UW students to participate in student activities and student government as an excellent way to experience personal growth, meet new friends, share common interests with other students, faculty and staff. The goal of SAO is to help students develop skills in leadership, event planning and management, decision-making, communication, goal setting, fiscal management, marketing and promotion, and even more importantly, to make life at UW fun and memorable.

Registered Student Organizations

Over 700 student organizations register with SAO every year. Once registered, student organizations are eligible for several benefits and resources across campus. The SAO is committed to assisting RSOs in putting on quality events, being an effective organization and developing leadership skills.

RSO Directory

The RSO Directory on RSO Community lists those student organizations that are registered for the current academic year. The RSOs listed in the directory have ‘registered status’ through October 31 of the following year.

Student Government

SAO advises the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW), the undergraduate student government. ASUW provides an array of employment, elected, and volunteer opportunities to UW students as well as representing the UW student body in many levels of campus administration.
Learn more about ASUW.

SAO also works with the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), the graduate and professional student government. GPSS is comprised of two senators from each degree-granting department, four officers, and several staff members. GPSS represents students to the University, funds graduate programming, and hosts regular social events.
Learn more about GPSS.

How SAO Advisers Can Help

  • Provide free advise and guidance on event and program planning
  • Event fund procurement
  • Fundraising ideas
  • Organizational growth and development of RSOs
  • Guide students through the University structure to work within the system
  • Help with membership recruitment and retention