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How to Apply for Campus Recognition

Below are 10 steps to get recognition as a campus group at the University of Toronto. You can also get a sense of the application process by watching this video:

Applying for Club Recognition!

Step 1. Get a UTORid and password

This UTORid and password is the same one you use to access your student webmail. The main contact person (or a group leader) can log on to Ulife with their UTORid to apply for Campus Recognition.

Note that the "Apply for Recognition" option is only available from the "Group Recognition" drop-down menu (in the menu bar above) once you log in using your UTORid and password.

2. Understand the University policy

Leaders of campus groups need to have read and understood the University's Policy on the Recognition of Student Groups. This is the first thing you see when you click on “Apply for Recognition”. The policy can also be found of the U of T Governing Council’s website.

3. Create a group constitution

Leaders of student groups need to submit or upload a digital copy of their group’s current constitution, in an appropriate format (e.g. pdf, rtf, txt, doc, docx) that follows the guidelines provided. Using the templates below can speed up the recognition process.

ALSO, check-in with the previous leaders to get a copy of the most recent up-to-date version of your group Constitution. This may save you A LOT of work. If you cannot gain access to the Constitution, email the respective campus staff person to see if they have it on file for you.  

For UTSG (St. George), please use this Constitution Template.

For UTSC (Scarborough), please use the UTSC Constitution TemplateIf you run into any issues, please email for assistance.

For UTM (Mississauga), please use the UTM Constitution Template. If you run into any issues, please email for assistance.

4. Gather the group's information

The main contact person of the application should note the following:

5. Submit your application, and have patience!

Leaders are kindly asked to be patient during peak times of the academic year. Applications will be processed as quickly as possible, with renewing groups receiving priority during the beginning of the term. A high volume of applications during the August-September rush may result in a delayed response time. During this peak time, applications can take anywhere from 5 business days to 3 weeks. Please be patient- the Groups Officer will contact you when your application is being reviewed. Applications are reviewed in sequence of the submission date.

6. I still have questions!

At UTM, contact Student Life by email at

For  UTSC, visit the Office of Student Experience and Wellbeing in the Student Centre, SL 157. Or contact

At the St. George campus, contact the Office of Student Life at or 416-946-7780. You can also visit the Ulife and Ulead Service Centre at 21 Sussex Avenue, 5th Floor in room 516 for assistance in person.

7. Check the Frequently Asked Questions

Save yourself time by getting to know the answers to Frequently Asked Questions. If you are looking for campus specific questions, please contact your respective student life office listed above.

8. UTMSU, SCSU or UTSU recognition vs. University of Toronto recognition

When you apply through Ulife for campus group recognition, your group is being recognized by the University administration. Most groups seek recognition through the university first in order to gain the benefits listed above. The university does not provide funding to campus groups and so groups may go to their respective student unions for club funding – which requires recognition from the union separately.

Ulife is not UTSU!

The University of Toronto Students' Union (UTSU), University of Toronto Mississauga Students' Union (UTMSU) or Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU) follow separate processes from applying to respective student life offices. Each union offers its own set of services to campus groups, including funding opportunities.

9. Does our group qualify for recognition?

First, determine what kind of campus organization you think you would be from our Type of Organizations page.

Second, if you are an Academic Society, Course/Program Union or Student Society, then your group does not apply for recognition. But please update your listing on Ulife. Contact your respective student life office at St. George, UTM, or UTSC if you need assistance.

10. What if we are renewing?

If your group has been listed on Ulife in the past and wants to renew, the currently listed Primary and Secondary Contact of the group may submit a Renewal Application during the renewal period, which usually begins in late spring and throughout summer. Contact your respective campus student life office should the contact person no longer be available for further assistance.It is important to "Renew Group" from the original Ulife application! Do not submit a new application if your group is already listed online. This application will be deleted.

Note: It is the role and responsibility of the Primary or Secondary contacts of a group to login to Ulife and update and transition the information of the new leadership!