RSO Resources

If you are a member of one or more of the Registered Student Organizations at Ferris State University, this site has all the information you need to keep your organization registered and to be successful at Ferris.

When an RSO is started, the president is given an RSO Handbook. The RSO Handbook has all the rules and policies the organization must follow to be an organization on campus. The RSO Handbook is reviewed each summer and the changes are announced at the RSO Presidents' Meeting.


OrgSync: Student Organization Management Software


Our office is currently using OrgSync to manage the student organizations on campus. We have created a How to Guide to help student leaders and faculty/staff advisors understand some of the uses of the software. The Complete OrgSync Guide includes sections on user account creation, submitting RSO Update Forms, and creating a Co-Curricular Transcript. Here is the PowerPoint version: OrgSync How To Guide.

Five-Star Recognition

Your organization has the chance to win Five-Star, Four-Star, and Three-Star award recognition. These awards are presented to Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) who have displayed positive progress in furthering the University's mission of innovative teaching and learning. The Five-Star Award is the highest distinction an RSO can receive.

If your organization or department would like to sponsor a Five-Star Event, please review the criteria and complete the Five-Star application form on our OrgSync portal under "forms".

Or visit our pages on How to become a Five Star RSO and How to host a Five Star Event.

Funding Options

Every Ferris student pays a $20 Student Activity Fee each semester, a portion of which is then allocated for student programs by the Finance Division of Student Government. Any RSO in good standing (financial) is eligible to apply for programming funds to implement campus activities. These can include concerts, conferences, dances, fundraising events, service projects, speakers, and other campus activities for the students. The Finance Division meets bi-weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters, and monthly in the Summer as needed.

To apply for funds or to become a member of the Finance Division, visit the Student Government's website or call 231-591-2611.

Leadership & Organization Consultation

Student organizations and their advisors are welcome to contact the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services for advice on leadership and organization issues. The Director and Assistant Director are experienced in issues related to budgeting, conflict resolution, risk management, event planning, fundraising, goal setting, motivation, recruitment, University policies, and other subjects. Individual meetings are available upon request.

National Conference on Student Leadership DVDs: Three DVDs are available for rental to student organizations. The DVDs are around 30 minutes long, and have the topics of creating active members, how to run a business meeting, and not being a hazing organization.

TIPS Training. TIPS for the University is a dynamic peer intervention, skills training program designed specifically for students. It does not lecture students, but educates them by developing their people skills and building on their concern for friends' well-being and safety. This is a 3 hour training session and has to be scheduled at least a month in advance. The cost is free to student organizations if it is not a judicial sanction.   You will find training dates and registration form on the University Event Calendar.


Contact Us

  • University Center 121
  • 231-591-2685