Registered Student Organizations
“If none of the more than one thousand Registered Student Organizations matches your interests, start your own! There will be other students who share your fascination.”
With over 1000 registered student organizations on campus, Illinois students have plenty of opportunities for leadership, activism, fun, and friendship.
As director of the Office of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) at Illinois, Brooks Moore says his goal is to help each organization succeed.
“We provide leadership, guidance, direction, support, and assistance for all RSO’s in their programming, their activities, their management, and their events,” Moore says.
Quad Day, an Illinois tradition that occurs each year on the day before fall classes begin, is the first opportunity for students to join RSOs that interest them. Hundreds of organizations set up booths around the Quad so new students can quickly connect with people who share their interests.
Moore says there is at least one RSO that will interest each student.
“There’s an organization that meets just about every individual’s interest and sometimes there are three or four or half a dozen that meet that same interest,” Moore says. “We have things from ‘Arrg I’m a Pirate Society’ to political action organizations. We have international service agencies and social clubs. Basically, wherever a personal niche exists, there can be a registered student organization to help that person reach their goal.”
Each RSO also represents an opportunity for students to cultivate their leadership skills.
“Illinois has the largest RSO population in the country. I think it’s a testament to how involved our students want to be and how many different interests there are out there. Because there are so many groups out there, there should be something to meet everyone’s needs. And if we don’t already have it, it’s very easy to start it.”