Start a Chapter


What is expansion?

Expansion is the process by which a chapter is established or re-established on a college campus. At Theta Chi, expansion is managed by the International Headquarters staff with support from the Field Executives.

How do I start a new chapter?

If you are a collegian at a campus where Theta Chi is not currently active, you can fill out a Start an Interest Group Form.

If you are an alumnus looking to reopen your chapter or get involved with another expansion, contact Taylor Dahlem, Director of Recruitment and Expansion, at

How does it work?

The expansion process is composed of three phases: interest group, colony and chapter:

  • Interest group: 1-9 members; a group of collegians who have indicated a serious interest in becoming a chapter
  • Colony: 10 or more members; a group of collegians who have formally pledged Theta Chi but who have not yet been granted a charter
  • Chapter: 50 or more members; a colony that has successfully submitted a petition for installation to the Grand Chapter and which has been granted a charter

Expansion criteria

The International Headquarters staff evaluates the viability of potential expansion sites on a case-by-case basis. Example criteria include:

  • Strength of Greek community
  • Collegiate academic performance
  • Potential for consistent, long-term alumni support
  • Likeliness of college/university support

Recent installations

  • Spokane, WA
  • Long Island University - Post
  • University of Oregon*
  • Western Michigan University*
  • University of North Florida
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania*
  • University of Texas - El Paso
  • Eastern Michigan University*
  • State University of New York at Oswego
  • Ohio State University*
  • Michigan State University*
  • University of Arkansas
  • Salisbury, MD
  • Youngstown State University*
  • Rider College*

*Indicates a reinstallation