CollegiateLink FAQ

Collegiate Link FAQ for Club and Student Organization Leaders

What is Collegiate Link?
Collegiate Link (CL) is a database that chronicles student organization profiles, membership rosters, and events, as well as other engagement opportunities from around campus. All student clubs and organizations must be registered with updated information on CL in order to be recognized within the university as a student group.  A new registration period will be open to all student organizations at the start of each academic year where students will be required to update their organization profiles.  All club communication will be through Collegiate Link so ensure that you are checking the events, announcements, and opportunities posted daily!

Who needs to use Collegiate Link?
All student clubs and organizations will need to use CL in order to be registered with the Student Activities Office as a student group.  This includes fraternities, club sports, and student government organizations.
Why do I need to use Collegiate Link?
Collegiate Link is an incredible resource!  If interested in joining a club or organization, individual students can browse Collegiate Link to gain more information and insight about the organizations they are interested in.  Students can request to join a club through the database as well.  Organizations can market events and opportunities on Collegiate Link so students browsing can learn about ways to get involved around campus.  Clubs and organizations can also post photos, recruit members, message peers, and advertise events on Collegiate Link.

Being registered on Collegiate Link is the only way organizations will be eligible to reserve tables and windows in Scandling, book space for meetings, and register club events.

How do I register my club?
Registration is easy! Use the HWS CollegiateLink Club and Student Organizations manual. *Remember that only presidents can register their club!

What about the Involvement Expo and Student Leader Summit?
The Involvement Expo and Student Leader Summit registrations will take place through CollegiateLink. We will inform you via email and through your CollegiateLink profile when those registrations are available in mid-August!

What is the process for New Clubs to register?
All new clubs must get approval from Hobart Student Government and William Smith Congress before being recognized by the Office of Student Activities. Follow these quick steps to begin the process:

  1. Develop a constitution: On the Student Activities Collegiate Link page you will find a sample constitution under the “documents” tab. Use this to develop the basic principles that will guide your club or student organization.
  2. Recruit! Find a faculty or staff member on campus that would be willing to serve as your advisor and begin scouting out potential members. Talk to friends and classmates about whether or not they would be interested in joining your club once it’s approved.
  3. Get club status! Hobart Student Government and William Smith Congress approve all recognized clubs through a simple presentation process at their weekly meetings (Tuesday, 8pm in Coxe Hall). If your club is open to all HWS students, you will want to prepare a presentation about your club idea and request a time on the meeting agenda by emailing and If your club is College-specific, you will only need to present to that College.
  4. Register your club! Once you’ve received club status from Hobart Student Government and William Smith Congress, visit the HWS Collegiate Link site to “Register a New Organization” and wait for approval from the Office of Student Activities!

Who can register an organization in Collegiate Link?
Only the club or student organization president can register an organization in Collegiate Link.

What is the difference between having club status and being a registered organization?
Recognition by Hobart Student Government and/or William Smith Congress is what allows you to receive club status. Club status means that you are an approved club that can then by registered by the Office of Student Activities. The registration process for groups that receive Club Status is done through HWS Collegiate Link at the link “Register a New Organization.”

What about Event Registration?
Use the instruction document in the HWS CollegiateLink Club and Student Organization manual titled Registering a Club Event to register all club events (even meetings!). This process has completely replaced the paper form previously used by the Office of Student Activities.

What about Service Hours?
Use the instruction document in the HWS CollegiateLink Club and Student Organization manual titled Adding Service Hours to add any service hours on behalf of your club or organization. 

I’m having trouble!
If you are a club leader or member, contact the Office of Student Activities for assistance with navigating CollegiateLink at 315-781-3513 or via email:  


Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

Contact the Colleges



Offices and Resources
Campus Directory

make a gift

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.