Starting a Student Group

Brown's vibrant student culture is constantly shifting based on the varied interests of its students. There are hundreds of student groups in existence and each year new student groups form while others become inactive.

Before we begin there are a few things you'll want to consider:

  1. The membership of your organization.
  2. Any relevant departments with which your organization can work.

Every student organization must be affiliated with a governing body or department at Brown and each has its own approval process.

A. Undergraduate Council of Students (UCS)
The vast majority of undergraduate organizations are recognized by the Undergraduate Council of Students (UCS) through a process called Categorization.

BGraduate Student Council (GSC)
Organizations created specifically in the interest of graduate students are recognized by the Graduate Student Council (GSC) through an application process.

C.  Medical Student Senate (MSS)
Send an email to [email protected] for information regarding the Medical Student Senate new group recognition process.

D.  Departmental Undergraduate Groups (DUGs)
Recognized by academic departments, DUGs are affiliated with a particular concentration.

Student run athletics activities work with the Recreation office in the Nelson Fitness Center for recognition and support.

Last updated 06/01/2020