Providing opportunities for students to connect with, create, and lead student organizations.
An RSO is a group of at least five students and one Ferris State employee advisor that share a common interest. An RSO has completed an application and presentation, been approved by a campus committee, and are now recognized by the University to operate on campus and receive special privileges and access to resources.
There are more than 220 RSO's on campus; with more being created every month. There are groups that are faith based, academic, club sports, Greek, special interest, and more.
- Learn more about yourself
- Meet new people
- Ease the transition from high school to college
- Involved students are more likely to graduate
- Expand your resume by developing soft skills
- Learn how to work with a team
- Networking opportunities
- Apply your classroom experiences to a real-world environment
- Learn how to engage with diverse groups of people
- Gain leadership skills
- Give back to the community
- Have fun
Check out Bulldog Connect to find a complete listing of all our student organizations. Each RSO has unique membership procedures, contact the RSO directly for more information.
If you do not see an organization that matches your interest, contact the CLACS office to learn about starting a new RSO.
RSOs are considered for Five Star recognition based on their ability to cultivate positive relationships throughout the community, engage fellow students in diverse programming, develop its members, and give back to the community in the form of volunteering or charitable donations. Student Organizations who are interested in being recognized by this program are required to submit a portfolio that depicts the organization’s accomplishments throughout the year. These portfolios are then reviewed and judged by an anonymous panel of faculty, staff, and alumni.
Five Star RSOs are awarded an office in the University Center. In addition, they are formally invited to have a table during the Founder’s Day Celebration where they may showcase their organization to fellow students and members of the community. We are confident these RSOs will continue to serve as a positive influence on campus and we look forward to seeing what they have planned for the coming year.
The 2019/2020 Five Star RSOs are:
American Marketing Association
Social Work Association
Students for Sensible Drug Policy