Student Council Overview

The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) Student Council (SC) was established in 2002 to serve as an advocate for the USG student body. From 2017-2022, there was a separate Graduate Student Association (in addition to the SC), and from 2022-2023 the two groups were combined to form the Student Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC). With the evolution into USG 2.0, SLAC decided to rename the group (of both graduate and undergraduate students) “Student Council”. This was due to increased name recognition, not using an acronym that may be confusing to community members, and using a title that better represents the primary career competencies of leadership, teamwork & collaboration.

The Student Council strives to provide a forum for students to voice their concerns and to facilitate the undertaking of improvements to enhance the student experience at USG within the USG 2.0 lens. This includes a greater emphasis on industry hub representation as well as improving career readiness competencies. Members meet regularly, attend various meetings, and engage in activities to better USG.


The Student Council at the Universities at Shady Grove serves as an advocacy and advisory group which acts as a liaison between the students, administration, and community. Through engagement in campus programs, industry hubs, and the Hire U initiative, council members draw on their unique understanding of the fluid, flexible student experience to foster belonging, pathway development, and preparedness for careers.


Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are currently closed. They will reopen for the 2024-2025 academic year in summer 2024.

Review the Student Council 2023-2024 Roles, Responsibilities, and Conduct Here

Fall Fest 2023 Schedule

Brunch Day/Meet the Student Council
Monday, November 13, 11 am-1 pm
Building 4 Lobby Area
Come get to know the Student Council and receive some free food in the process!
Tuesday, November 14, 12-6 pm
Rec Center and Priddy Library
Stand a chance to win prizes in different contests or just have fun gaming the day away!
General Forum
Wednesday, November 15, 3-4 pm
Bldg. IV, Room 1201 ("The Drum")
Tell us what you think of USG. Let your voices be heard!
Cultural Attire Day
Thursday, November 16, 10 am-3 pm
Bldg. IV, Cafe Area (near the elevators)
Come to school in the drippiest fit you have that represents your country of origin!
International Students Forum
Friday, November 17, 11 am-12 pm
International Students: come forward with your thoughts on USG!