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Start a New Student Organization

The process for starting a new organization is available through Heel Life.  Not sure if your organization has been registered in the past?  Contact us at before applying so we can make sure you submit the correct form.

  • Please note that while there are two distinct registration periods each year that are based on when a group transitions leadership, brand new groups may apply for initial registration at any time between August 15th and April 1st.
  • Please allow a minimum of fifteen (15) academic class days for review of your application (a longer period of time may be required during renewal periods).

Components outlined below for approval:

  1. Complete the online New Organization Registration form (more details below)
  2. Secondary officer completes the Online Officer Orientation form (separate from the Treasurer's Test)
  3. Advisor must complete the Online Advisor Agreement form using their ONYEN
  4. Attend a New Organization Meeting with staff from Student Life and Leadership (this is the last step before the reg. form is approved)

How to Access the Online Registration Form

  1. Select the "Log In" icon at the top right corner of the page
  2. Use your ONYEN and ONYEN password to log in
  3. Select the "Organizations" hyperlink along the top toolbar
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the toolbar on the left side of the page
  5. Select the "Registration a New Organization" blue button
  6. Scroll to bottom of next page to locate the "New Organization Registration" form

What information will I need to provide on this form?

  1. Requirements of Registration
    • This will include stipulations of your group composition, adherence to university, state & federal policies, and advisor prerequisites.
      • Find the requirements of a student organization advisor here.
  2. Affiliations
    • Any association with campus offices, departments, national, or international organizations.
  3. Contact and Organizational Information
    • Primary Contact: PID Number, Phone Number, Mailing Address (or student organization mailing address)
    • Treasurer: Name, Email, Phone Number
    • Advisor: Name, Email, PID Number
    • Organization: Composition (undergraduate, graduate, both), Election Date, Membership Count
  4. Organization Constitution and Bylaws verification
    • As an organization that has previously been registered by the University, you should already have a constitution and bylaws.  Please make sure that you upload the most current version of your constitution and bylaws during the annual registration process.  If you have questions about the format, a sample outline and info on how to get more help may be downloaded the bottom of this page.
  5. General Information
    • Official Name
    • Acronym / Nickname
    • Organization Description Summary
    • External Organization Links
    • Contact Information & Address
  6. Organization Logo / Picture
    • If you would like to have a logo designed for your organization, contact Carolina Union Communications & Creative Services.

Registration Includes

1. Use, through reservation, of specified University facilities, property, services, or equipment pursuant to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Facilities Use Policy (

2. Use of the University’s name in the organization’s title, so long as University sponsorship or endorsement is not implied or stated.

If you desire to use the University’s name as part of your organization’s name, it should follow one of these forms:

  • Organization Name at (The) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Organization Name at UNC-CH
  • Organization Name at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Organization Name at Carolina

The organization name may not use any of the following naming conventions:

  • UNC Organization Name
  • Carolina Organization Name
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Organization Name
  • UNC-CH Organization Name
  • Tar Heel(s) Organization Name
  • Heel(s) Organization Name

For more information on naming conventions, visual identity, logos, and website policies for student orgs, click here.

3. Access to funding from the Student Activity Fee that is legislatively apportioned by the Undergraduate Senate and access to funding from the Graduate and Professional Student Senate appropriations.

4. Assistance from Student Affairs including, but not limited to, the Carolina Union, Accessibility Resources & Service, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Campus Recreation. Available are: leadership training and educational workshops, general organizational advisement, assistance in publicity and marketing, program planning advisement, reference materials, and more.

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