You really need to speak with your campusí Greek Life Advisor about the possibilities BEFORE CONTACTING ANY group. He or she can best advise you about your campus. If the group that you are considering is NPC, please keep in mind that strict guidelines must be followed. Aephi alum touched on those.
Here is some neat information from Alpha Sigma Alpha on Starting a Collegiate Chapter.
ďIn order to pursue affiliation with a National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) member sorority such as Alpha Sigma Alpha, we suggest following the steps below:
1. RECRUIT! Continue to recruit new members to your group. Most NPC groups require a minimum of 25 women or more in order to start a new group, known as a colony, on a campus.
2. ORGANIZE! As you are building your membership base, begin to organize your group. You may want to start with naming your interest group, so you may build name recognition on campus. Begin meeting on a weekly basis and establish your groupís purpose or mission statement and goals. What does your group stand for? What is important to you? Why do you want to start a new sorority? As you put this vision into writing, it will demonstrate to those around you the seriousness of your efforts.
3. OBTAIN PROPER AUTHORITY! You must obtain proper authority to proceed with national affiliation. At many universities it is the College Panhellenic Association or Greek council, but if neither of these exist contact your Director of Student Activities or Dean of Students. Most college Panhellenic and Greek councils have specific rules and guidelines to the expansion process. How is this accomplished?
4. MEET WITH THE PROPER AUTHORITY! Meet with the proper authority to discuss your request to start a new sorority on campus. You may want to present your interest groupís vision and reasoning for pursuing affiliation with a national organization.
5. REQUEST THE PROPER AUTHORITY TO VOTE TO EXPAND! Request the proper authority to vote to expand the existing number of sororities on campus by permitting interested women to affiliate with an NPC member sorority. If the proper authority votes to support your request, then you are ready to continue. In the event the proper authorities denies your request, continue to work closely with them to strengthen both your interest group and the Panhellenic system. Strive hard to fulfill the requirements set forth by the proper authorities to become part of a national organization.
6. REQUEST MATERIALS FROM THE NPC MEMBER SORORITIES THAT INTERST YOUR ORGANIZATION! Although we are anxious to provide you with an Alpha Sigma Alpha extension proposal, we need to know whether you have received permission to expand from the proper school authorities.
7. PLEASE SEND EVIDENCE OF PERMISSION! Send permission. For example, a letter from the Panhellenic advisor or president to Alpha Sigma Alpha National Headquarters (see address below). As soon as we receive notification from your Panhellenic advisor or university president, we will be sure to send you our extension proposal. The Alpha Sigma Alpha extension proposal is a packet of useful information that outlines the heritage, philosophy, and programs of our organization. Note that the college Panhellenic association may want to inform the NPC extension chairman of the decision to expand the Panhellenic as well.
8. SELECT AN NPC MEMBER SORORITY OR SORORITIES TO VISIT! Invite a sorority or sororities to make an extension presentation. Once you have reviewed the materials submitted by the national sororities, select the groups that you would like to get to know better and issue an invitation to visit your campus. During the campus visit, interested women and the representatives of the national sororities currently on your campus will meet and learn more about one another. Campus visits may also include meetings with campus administrators and Panhellenic officers, campus tours, and formal presentations.
9. PETITION THE NATIONAL SORORITY OF YOUR CHOICE FOR MEMBERSHIP! Decide which NPC member sorority will make the best match for the campus and interested women and request to become affiliated with that national organization. Once the petition for membership is accepted by the national sorority, representatives will again visit your campus to colonize or begin the new sorority. Each national sorority has requirements and procedures that must be followed during this process. It is important to determine what these requirements and procedures are while the sororities are visiting your campus.
Alpha Sigma Alpha has developed a program especially for interest groups that have expressed the intent to become affiliated with a national organization. This program is called Taking the Lead. Taking the Lead is a useful tool that will prepare an interest group for the challenges of "going national" and is designed as a prelude to petitioning a national sorority for membership. The program consists of four orientation sessions that focus on getting to know one another, team building, developing purpose and vision, goal setting, and providing information about the expansion process and what it is like to be in a national sorority. We would be pleased to share this program with you. Please have your Panhellenic advisor or proper authority contact us if you are interested.
Your decision to become part of a national organization is one of great vision and requires much determination! We wish you complete success in this worthwhile endeavor and hope to be in further contact with you soon.Ē
Itís not easy but it is definitely worth it as aephi alum can attest. You have probably been on GC long enough to get involved with wishinhopinís story, Rush at UCSC - http://www.greekchat.com/gcforums/sh...hreadid=10264.
If not, I highly recommend it.
If the group that you are interested in isnít NPC, you will still probably need to do steps 1- 4 to be recognized by the university. The other steps would depend on the policies of said group.