Students saw a need to take charge of the tuition payment scheme and for this purpose founded a student organization. The StudierendenGesellschaft was founded in May 117 with founding members – an unusually large number. The legal form of an association was deliberate and was intended to permit participation on a broad basis. The association has been and still is student-managed, and decides on tuition fees in mutual agreement with the university management. This inclusion of students illustrates the entrepreneurial spirit of Witten/Herdecke University and its mission statement: encourage freedom, strive for truth, promote social responsibility.