Start a Club
How great would "Founding Member" look on your resume?
When you start a club or organization, your UAA experience becomes yours to shape, creating endless opportunities for personal growth and establishing a community for fellow students seeking the same experiences you are. Establishing a club establishes your legacy: a space for Seawolves to connect for years to come.
Ready to get started? You're on the right path.
What You Need
Before you can start a club, make sure you have the following:
All registered student clubs at UAA are required to identify at least three students to serve in officer positions:
Seawolves filling officer positions must have a 2.25 cumulative GPA and must be currently enrolled at UAA, online or in-person.
President, secretary and treasurer must be different individuals.
All registered student clubs at UAA are required to maintain a faculty/staff advisor. This UAA employee will be your partner in promoting and managing your club.
Advisors must be currently employed at UAA and may not be on sabbatical.
How to find an advisor:
- Talk to your professors! Every semester, you interact with current UAA faculty in the classroom. If you're establishing an organization with an academic focus, your professors will be a great resource in helping to connect you to alumni and industry professionals. Having a good relationship with your professors is a great place to start.
- Ask your academic or program staff! If you and your advisors share interests in hobbies, heritage or professional aspirations, they may be interested in developing a community of Seawolves that share the interest too.
- If you or a potential advisor have any questions, review our Advisor Support page together.
Constitutions are a written agreement between members to establish how the club will run.
You can write your own constitution, or download our Constitution Template.
We update our template every year, ensuring our clubs have updated provisions aligned with university policies. It's a foolproof way to ensure your club is on the right track!
Get Started Today
When you've got your officers, advisors and constitution in hand, you're ready to start the registration process. Student Organization Services is here to help every step of the way!
- 1. Start Your Registration
Register on SeawolfLife
SeawolfLife is the student engagement platform where you'll find helpful tools and information for your club. It only makes sense that your new club journey starts there. Here's what you need to do:
- The president, treasurer, secretary, and faculty/staff advisor(s) of your club must log into SeawolfLife and create their user account.
- Once each of those users have created their account, one person should go to Groups > All Groups > Register New Student Club to start the club registration process.
- Once the registration form has been completed, the president, treasurer, secretary, and faculty/staff advisor(s) will be sent a link to complete the Officer Orientation Assessment.
- After each officer has passed the Officer Orientation Assessment, they will receive a notification that their registration has been completed.
- 2. Present to Club Council
Present Your Club to Club Council
The final step of the registration process is presenting your new club to Club Council!
After your registration has been reviewed and approved Club Council will contact you to schedule your presentation at an upcoming Club Council meeting. New student clubs will be asked to speak for roughly five minutes to give an overview of your club. New club presentations typically include information such as:
- the club's mission
- planned activities and events
- affiliations with national or regional organizations.
Your presentation will be followed by a short question and answer period.
Club Council offers $200 of seed money to every new club. Be prepared to accept or reject these funds after your presentation.
This step completes the registration process and makes the club an official member of Club Council!
- All registration submissions will be reviewed and approved by Student Organization Services and the Club Council Executive Board.
- Contact Student Organization Services to check your clubs registration status.
- A Student Organization Services will contact you and your advisor with any questions or action items.