Start A Chapter

From start to finish, our goal is to create strong colonies and chapters and ensure that our members have the best experience possible. Below is the process we take in starting colonies. For more additional information or to inquire about starting a colony, please contact Grant Maris at

How To Start A Chapter

  1. Inquiry
    Made by a university or a group of students where Greek Life is interested in expanding their Greek System.
  2. Research of Institution
    Our Manager of Chapter Expansion and Expansion Advisory Committee researches the opportunity and determines the viability of each expansion opportunity.
  3. Approval by Extension Advisory Committee to Colonize
    If the opportunity is approved, a group would begin working with the Manager of Chapter Expansion on the requirement to colonize. At this point, the group is not allowed to use any branding or insignia of Sigma Alpha Epsilon in any form.
  4. Membership Selection
    The minimum requirements to colonize are having a group that is at least 50% of the average fraternity size on the selected campus with every person having at least a 2.5 GPA.
  5. Colonization
    After meeting the minimum requirements, the group needs approval from the university, the EAC, and Supreme Council to colonize. When approved, alumni will conduct a colonization ceremony, where the group is formally recognized by the Fraternity. This allows them to officially to begin progressing towards becoming a charter.
  6. Officer and Member Development
    The men invited to join Sigma Alpha Epsilon will begin working with a Manager of Expansion and alumni to identify leaders and to begin the member education process. Staff and alumni work with the group to develop all of the necessary programs and policies to become a successful chapter.
  7. Follow Up
    Following colonization, the Manager of Expansion will visit at least once a semester or more depending on each colony’s situation. The Manager of Expansion will also be in constant contact with alumni, undergraduate officers, and campus officials. We view the establishment of a colony as an investment in the Fraternity and the host campus, and will do everything possible to protect that investment and ensure that we establish the most successful colony possible.
  8. Periodic Evaluation
    The colony will be in constant contact with a Manager of Expansion about current progress towards becoming a chapter. Staff and alumni will make evaluations during regular follow-up visits and through discussions with alumni, undergraduate officers, and campus officials.
  9. Converting to a Chapter
    Our goal is to convert a colony to a chapter 18-24 months after initial approval. Upon completion of all colony requirements; approval by the Province Council, investigation team, and Supreme Council of the colony’s installation application; staff and alumni members will conduct an on-site installation and the formal Initiation Ceremony.
  10. Ongoing Support
    After transitioning to chapter status, we’ll continue to provide support through regular staff and alumni visits as well as other lines of communication at least twice a year. Additional support occurs at our numerous conferences, through mailings, alumni guidance, and with other resources.
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