Establishing a new Greek organization can be a rewarding experience and provides an opportunity to create a community that aligns with the values and traditions of its founders. It’s a significant undertaking that requires careful planning, dedication, and hard work. It may seem overwhelming, but we’re here to break it down for you step by step.

Identify a need for a new Sorority or Fraternity

The first step in installing a new Greek organization is to identify a need for it on your campus. This involves researching the existing Greek Life community to determine if there are any gaps that a new chapter could fill. Additionally, it is important to gauge interest among students to determine if there is support for a new chapter.

Reach out to the national organization

Once you have identified the organization you wish to establish, you will need to reach out to the national headquarters for that organization. They will provide you with information on the requirements for establishing a new chapter, as well as guidance and support throughout the process. Not sure where to start? Here are some resources:

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)
North American Interfraternity Conference (IFC)
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

Secure approval from your university

One of the most important steps in establishing a new Greek organization is to also seek recognition from your university. This involves submitting an application to the school’s student affairs office and going through a review process to ensure that the new organization aligns with the school’s values and policies.

Recruit members and establish your presence

If steps 2 and 3 are successful, the next phase is to recruit a core group of founding members. These individuals should share your passion for the organization and its values, and be committed to establishing a strong presence on campus. You will need to develop a recruitment strategy, which may involve hosting events, reaching out to potential members through social media, and networking with other campus organizations.

Start the tradition

Greek life traditions are an integral part of the college experience, and they often hold significant meaning for members. While each organization has its own unique traditions, they all serve to foster a sense of community, camaraderie, and shared values among members. Here are our favorites:

  1. Bigs and Littles
  2. This tradition pairs an older member (the “big”) with a younger member (the “little”). The big serves as a mentor to the little and the relationship often lasts beyond the 4 years of college.

  3. Bid Day Celebration
  4. Bid Day marks the end of the recruitment process and the beginning of new member education. It’s an exciting day and a chance for the chapter to welcome new members through celebration. Ask us about our FREE Bid Day photography.

  5. Composites
  6. Sorority and Fraternity Composites serve as a visual representation of the organization and its members, and are often displayed in the chapter house or other designated areas. It’s also a reminder of the organization’s history and can help build a sense of pride and loyalty among members.

    GreekYearbook offers founding chapter’s their first Composite completely FREE! Ask us about it when requesting a quote.

  7. Greek Week
  8. Greek week is a time when members of different Greek chapters come together to compete in events and raise money for a charitable cause.

    Once your chapter has been established, it’s important you’re consistent with its ongoing success. This may involve engaging in community service, hosting social events, and participating in campus activities. You will also need to cultivate positive relationships with other campus organizations, and work to promote the values and mission of your chapter throughout the campus community.

    Establishing a new Greek organization can be a challenging process, but it provides an opportunity to create a community that embodies the values and traditions of its founders. By working together and dedicating themselves to the success of the new organization, the founding members can leave a lasting legacy on campus and create a community that will thrive for years to come.

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