Advising a Student Organization

Congratulations! If you’ve landed on this page for the first time then you may have recently been approached by students to advise their student organization. This is a great honor and an experience we hope you’ll enjoy. Depending on the needs and level of activity of a student organization, before students can register and obtain university recognition as an organization, they may need to secure an advisor first.

Advisors play an important role in the success of the student organization by serving as mentors and advocates who offer guidance and support, acting in the best interest of the students, and offering continuity from one year to the next. Additionally, advisors are crucial in supporting the activities of student organizations and in encouraging and facilitating the holistic development of students. Because they often work on the “front lines” with students, advisors serve as conduits to the university, connecting students more closely with education and campus life. Thank you for considering this exciting role, we look forward to working with you!

How do I become an advisor?

Accepting a student’s invitation to advise a student organization is a simple, but important step in formalizing the advisor-student organization relationship.

  1. Read the Advisor Guidelines and Agreements.
  2. If requested by Student Involvement and Leadership Center, confirm your advisor role by completing the Advisor Confirmation Form.
  3. Join the Advisor Portal.
  4. Stay connected with your student organization, reach out to Student Involvement for support, and have fun!

Interested in advising in the future? Complete this short Advisor Interest Form or email for more information.

Advisor Guidelines & Agreements

Before making the decision to advise a student organization, use this resource to determine if the commitment is right for you. These guidelines and agreements are not exhaustive; advising is a learning process and we invite advisors to maintain steady communication with the Student Involvement and Leadership Center for ongoing support and guidance.

Advisor Guidelines and Agreements

Looking for a way to reflect on your advising skills? Try filling out the Advisor Self-Evaluation Checklist.

Advisor Self-Evaluation Checklist.

Advising a Student Organization

This is a resource to help advisors develop a philosophy of advising and an understanding of the various roles and functions they will take on.

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Advisor Resources

We invite you to review and visit this this page periodically to familiarize yourself with your role and responsibilities as well as the resources available to you and the student organization you will advise.

Join the Advisor Portal

Student Organizations Handbook

The Clery Act

C.A.R.E. (Campus Assessment Resource and Education)

Student Code of Conduct

Advisor of the Year

Advising a student organization can be a fulfilling experience, and we recognize that it can also be challenging and takes work. The Campus Awards Ceremony recognizes an outstanding advisor each year for their dedication to changing the lives of students involved in student organizations. To view a list of current and past Advisors of the Year please visit our Campus Awards Ceremony page.

Please contact the student organizations coordinator at (208) 426-1223 or email at if you have any questions.