Join or Start a Student Organization
Join a Student Organization
With over 350 student organizations on the Homewood campus at Johns Hopkins University, there are many ways you can find connections and community. There are many ways to learn about the organizations enhancing student life at Johns Hopkins University.
Visit Hopkins Groups
Interested in finding out how to get involved through a student organization? Join Hopkins Groups! It is easy—just sign in with your JHED ID and password. Student organizations are organized by category so you can easily find the organizations that match your interests.
How to Register Your Organization
Only organizations registered with the Student Government Association (SGA/SAC), Graduate Representative Organization or other Johns Hopkins entity will be allowed to register on Hopkins Groups. Hopkins Groups serves as the official listing for all JHU Registered Student Organizations (RSO).
If your organization is not registered on this site you will not be able to access resources that organizations normally have, such as: room reservations, posting Today’s Announcements, various funding opportunities, etc. For more benefits of being a recognized student organization, feel free to view the Expectations of Student Organizations.
How to Manage Your Organization
You can access your organization through your homepage or the “Organizations” tab.
On your organization’s page, there are 11 options on the right side:
- Profile: Edit contact info, description and photo for your group
- Charts: This tracks different demographics of your membership
- News: Post an article/message for all of your members (like a virtual post-it note)
- Membership: This is a big one — it allows you to manage your roster and officer positions, you can add and approve pending members, create officer titles and assign members to them
- Note: for some of your organizations, I am listed as the Primary Contact only as a formality. Please reassign the primary contact position to the student leader of the organization
- Events: Promote events that will show up on the site’s bulletin board or on Facebook. This is in addition to events.jhu.edu.
- Surveys and Forms: Create a form for your membership to fill out, design poll questions, or even run elections online
- Documents: Upload a constitution or any other document that you want your members to have access to
- Discussions: Post a message to be discussed among your members
- Notification Lists: Send emails to all current members, prospective members, or any other list you choose to create
- Tasks: A virtual to-do list; send members a task to complete or receive a task from the Department of Student Life
- Registration Forms: When it is time to re-register your organization, the form will be available here
Manage your Home Page
On your personal home page, you’ll see all items related to your involvement. On the right side, there are three options:
- My Profile: Complete your contact information, upload a picture, print out a transcript of your involvement
- My Settings: Allows you to change your privacy settings, notification settings and password
- My Items: This is where you can find any tasks, forms or surveys that have been assigned to you
It is important that you keep an updated roster for all of your members and officers. We will use this list to send out information to your officers in regard to their position. It is important that the primary contact for the organization regularly checks the group page and approves any pending memberships.
View Your Budget Number
Your organization’s treasurer and president should always know the group budget number. We suggest that once you receive your budget number that you enter it into your cell phone (put it under the name “Budget Number”). Budget numbers are listed in the group dashboard section of Hopkins Groups under settings. Log in to see them on your group’s dashboard settings.
Attend a Student Involvement Fair
The Student Involvement Fairs are just two of the events and traditions at Johns Hopkins University where student organizations showcase what they are doing and how you can get involved with them throughout the year. These fairs both occur in the beginning of each semester.
Fall Student Involvement Fair
The fall Student Involvement Fair is an opportunity to learn about how you can get involved on campus through student organizations. There is a variety of organizations found on Hopkins Groups listing over 450 recognized student organizations. Student Leadership and Involvement plans the annual Student Involvement Fair which is one of the most highly attended events during Orientation.
This fall, the Student Involvement Fair is completely virtual and guests can register here:
Thursday, September 3, 9:00 – 11:00am (ET)
Friday, September 4, 2:00 – 4:00pm (ET)
Saturday, September 5, 9:00 – 11:00pm (ET)
For more information about how to setup your organization’s booth, please view this article.
Spring Student Involvement Fair
The spring Student Involvement Fair is an opportunity to learn about how organizations are were involved in the fall semester, their plans for the spring semester and of course how you can get involved with the work they are doing in their student organizations. There is a variety of organizations found on Hopkins Groups listing over 450 recognized student organizations. Student Leadership and Involvement plans the annual Student Involvement Fair. We coordinate all of the table assignments as well as publicity for the event. Student organization leaders can register for this fair on Hopkins Groups Today!
Start or Run a Student Organization
Being a leader on campus through a student organization is a great opportunity to be engaged in the Johns Hopkins community. There are two ways student organizations can register to be a recognized student organization:
- By becoming a new student organization or
- By re-registering an existing or inactive student organization
Don’t see an existing organization that matches your interests, feel free to attend a Prospective Student Organization Workshop of which dates, times and the location can be found on Hopkins Groups Events learn more about opportunities on campus or how you might be able to start a new student organization.
Once student organizations are recognized and registered, they will be listed in the official listing of student organizations at Johns Hopkins University hosted on Hopkins Groups. Only organizations registered through Category Coordinators will be allowed to register on Hopkins Groups. Learn more about the two major ways to get involved with organizations below.
New organizations are required to attend a Prospective Student Organization Workshop of which dates, times and the location can be found on Hopkins Groups Events).
Starting a New Student Organizations
If there is an interest in creating a student organization that does not currently exist on campus, a group of students may apply to start a new organization. Students are strongly encouraged to explore what is currently offered, as duplicate groups will not be approved. The process of creating a new student organization begins with attending a required workshop. Next, prospective organization leaders will complete the online application on Hopkins Groups. Applications for prospective student organizations are only accepted during the application period published on the website. All officers of the prospective organization must be full-time undergraduate students on the Homewood campus and be in good academic standing with the University for undergraduate prospective organizations. A minimum of ten (10) prospective students is required to make an application as a new student group.
All prospective student organizations must submit the online application on Hopkins Groups for review. If the prospective student organization will fall into one of the following categories, they must follow the instructions below before submitting the application.
In order to gain access to University resources such as funding, room reservations, etc. student organizations must be registered with Student Leadership and Involvement. Student organizations may be able to informally exist and operate under a department, however, that organization will not be able to reserve general pool classrooms or meeting space, access any funding related to “Registered” student organization, or be listed as an official Registered Student Organization (RSO) in Hopkins Groups.
Student organizations are recognized in three different ways on the Homewood campus: 1. Academic department or unit, 2. University department or 3. Student Governing Body (Student Government Association or the Graduate Representatives Organization).
Once a perspective student organization receives “recognition” from one of the entities listed above, they will become eligible to become a Registered Student Organization.
Please read below before you start your application on Hopkins Groups. Students interested in starting a student organization that is:
- A Baltimore-based community service – If you have questions, learn more on their website and connect with the Center for Social Concern.
- A fraternity or sorority must be approved by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life before they may become recognized student groups. Contact Nick Wright to schedule a meeting (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- A graduate student organization should contact the GRO at (email@example.com) about starting graduate student organizations as they will review your application.
- A sports clubs must meet with Gabe Castellano (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Graduate students should contact email@example.com .
- A religious and spiritual groups must be approved by the Interfaith Center before they may become recognized student groups. Contact Chaplain Kathryn Schnurr to schedule a meeting (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- An academic focus, those affiliated with professional societies or associated with an administrative office at the university do not need to apply through the SGA. These groups should work directly with a department or office on campus to secure recognition, funding, an advisor and a budget manager. In order to be set up as an active organization on Hopkins Groups, please contact Carolyn J. Harris in Student Leadership Involvement (Mattin 131) at email@example.com.
- A performing arts, please contact the Nicoleen Wilson, at HomewoodArts@jhu.edu
- For all other undergraduate organization groups, the SGA will review your application. If questions arise before the application is submitted, please contact the SGA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: SLI will not be registering any new student organizations during the fall 2020 semester. We will revisit new student organization registration for the spring 2021 semester at the end of the fall 2020 semester.
All prospective student organizations are required to attend a Prospective Student Organization Workshop before application is reviewed. Ensure that you have reviewed the Undergraduate Student Organization Policies and Procedures and the Student Organization Expectations before applying. Once approved, new student organizations will be required to attend a Benefits and Responsibilities of Student Organizations Workshop.
Once an organization is recognized by one of the formerly mentioned entities, that entity must notify the Student Leadership and Involvement so that we know where your organization is housed. Once notified, your application on Hopkins Groups will then be approved. If your group is not registered on this site you will not be granted any of the access that groups normally have (i.e. room reservations, posting Today’s Announcements, various funding opportunities) found in our Expectations of Student Organizations section of our website.
Steps to the Prospective Student Organization Process
Below are the steps that are required for a student organization to be registered on Hopkins Groups as an official student organization on the Homewood Campus at Johns Hopkins University. Please note: SLI will not be registering any new student organizations during the fall 2020 semester. We will revisit new student organization registration for the spring 2021 semester at the end of the fall 2020 semester.
For more information, please review the information on this website and contact Student Leadership and Involvement in Mattin 131, by phone at 410-516-4873 or by email at email@example.com.
How to Apply
- Sign in to Hopkins Groups
- Click “Organizations” at the top tool bar
- Scroll past the “Categories” to see “Register An Organization”
- Scroll past the current organizations to see a blue button titled “Register A New Organization” and click it.
Re-Registration of Existing/Inactive Student Organizations
Every year, all recognized student organizations are required to re-register their organization to be listed in the official listing of student organizations on Hopkins Groups by their organization’s leadership. This process will begin on August 1, and will end on September 30, at 11:59 p.m. The re-registration process will happen in the fall semester to:
- Better support student leaders in their transition of organization information
- Give an opportunity to exiting leadership to reflect on the year of running the organization
- Ensure that the new leadership has the pertinent information to effectively run the organization
- Provide updated information to student population on student organizations that are recognized and active on campus
Organizations that have not registered by September 30th, will not be active for the remainder of the academic year. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Student Leadership and Involvement Staff at 410-516-4873 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your timely re-registration for the upcoming academic year. Please review more information about the Student Organization Re-Registration Process in the Student Organization Policies and Procedures. If your organization has been inactive or missed the re-registration deadline, please schedule a meeting with the Assistant Director of Student Organizations through Starfish.