Registered Student Organizations

Registered Student Organizations


Being a member of a registered student organization (RSO) is an excellent way to meet new people from around the world and enrich your HPU experience. RSOs cultivate community spirit, activism, public service, and social, cultural, and academic-professional interactions for the HPU 'Ohana. Student officers of RSOs gain leadership development and a variety of skills that enrich your HPU experience. 

Types of Organizations

Academic and Professional

These organizations focus on academic or professional fields. Many of these organizations coordinate networking and educational events for the HPU and local communities.


These organizations help educate and provide opportunities for the HPU community to become culturally immersed in our unique environment and allow our students to appreciate and understand cultures from all over the world.


These organizations serve an eclectic range of student interests*, combining a variety of artistic, social, political, and community service-related disciplines.

Club Carnival

Club Carnival takes place twice per year in September and January. Student organizations sign up for a table to promote their mission, activities and initiatives. Clubs use this event to recruit new members. All student organizations receive information at the start of the semester on how to sign up. Instructions and information are emailed to student groups prior to the beginning of the semester. Other recognized student organizations and select campus departments are also invited to attend this festive event.

Light Up the Night

This annual event takes place each spring. Light Up the Night honors outstanding students who have made a lasting impact at HPU. Clubs may nominate their group and individual members in several categories and win prestige along with commemorative pin and certificate of merit. The call for nominations goes out in February – so be thinking about your nominations throughout the year.

Important RSO Documents

Application Periods

  • Round 1: April and May (to begin the start of the Fall Semester)
  • Round 2: September (to begin mid-Fall)
  • Round 3: November (for new RSOs to begin the start of the Spring Semester)

Registration Application

RSO Handbook

Sample Constitution

RSO Officer and Advisor Agreement

RSO Membership Agreement

Re-registration Application

Follow these instructions to re-register your club for the 2022-2023 academic year. Re-registration is not competitive; approval will be based upon the application submitted and whether or not activity requirements were met this current academic year. All currently active clubs who wish to be registered for next academic year are strongly encouraged to apply during Round 1. Round 1 Applications open now until May 31, 2022


Organization Officers, before filling out this form, please be aware you will need to have completed the following in order to submit the form: 

  1. Organization Officer and Adviser Contact information. The Organization Officer and Adviser Agreement will be due at a later date. 

  2. A short paragraph that describes who your organization is and what your RSO does. Think about your mission and purpose of the RSO, why you want to continue this RSO at HPU, and how the RSO will benefit the HPU community. Please note that this paragraph will go on the website. Write the paragraph accordingly! 

  3. A Picture of the RSO. You can use any picture that you feel is representative of your club (ie. group pictures, pictures from events, chapter or club logo). This will also go on the website. 

Did you buy supplies at a past approved event? Submit a Payment Request form with the original receipts to the Office of Student Activites at ATM Suite 1400,

Did you recently have a fundraiser? Submit all money earned from the event with the Deposit Form to the Office of Student Activities at ATM Suite 1400.

Student Activity Fee

Funds from the Student Activity Fee (SAF) supports student initiatives, activities, services, and resources that enhance the student experience at HPU.

Learn More

Hawai'i Pacific University 

Office of Student Activities

1 Aloha Tower Drive, Suite 1400

1 (808) 544-0277

Assistant Director of Student Organizations (ADSO)