Start a Graduate Student Organization

Please read below for information regarding the requirements for registering Graduate Student Clubs or Organizations:

Read the procedures provided by the Office of Student Life.  You can also find these procedures on their website.  Club registrations usually open up in the summer semester and close in late October.  If you are an existing club, you wil be required to complete similar tasks.  Once you have set up a profile and a name for your organization, log on to CatLife and complete the registration form.

Please note that each club or organization needs the following:

  • A minimum of four (4) members (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary)
  • An advisor who is not a graduate student.  However, the advisor can be faculty, staff, or a postdoc.
  • A Constitution and By-Laws.  Samples are available in the Office of Student Life.
  • Pay a $25 fee.  This is a registration fee that allows clubs and organizations to table, use the poster room in the Office of Student Life, as well as use additional supplies.

In addition to registering with CatLife, each club President is required to meet briefly with Jim Greenwood in the Office of Student Life (30 minutes maximum).

Should you have any question or concerns, please contact Cassie Gunter at cgunter@ucmerced.edu or Jim Greenwood at the Office of Student Life at jgreenwood@ucmerced.edu.