How do I start a Pi Phi chapter?
We're glad you asked! This is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive from collegians, parents and alumnae.
Pi Beta Phi is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), an umbrella organization for 26 member organizations and we follow their policies. Those policies state that if there are NPC groups on campus already, those sororities must decide if there is a need for a new group on campus. It is then up to the campus community to choose the organization that best fits their sorority community.
Once the College Panhellenic has officially opened the campus for extension, our review process begins! Pi Beta Phi looks at a number of factors when considering extension opportunities, some of which include:
- the quality of the educational institution
- the administration's support of the fraternity/sorority community
- the strength of the fraternity/sorority community and the College Panhellenic
- the number of interested students
- housing availability and/or requirements
- local Pi Beta Phi alumnae support
Pi Beta Phi welcomes the opportunity to learn more about campuses and communities looking for new chapters and carefully reviews all inquiries once there is a College Panhellenic vote for extension. NPC has an Extension Committee who can assist you with the process of starting new chapters, creating a new Panhellenic system, affiliating with Pi Beta Phi or any other NPC member group.
For more information about new collegiate chapters, contact the Assistant Director Extension and Advisor Development or the National Panhellenic Conference at firstname.lastname@example.org and www.npcwomen.org.