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 Staff.

How do I start a new chapter?

If you are an undergraduate 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 Sr. Director for External Relations JD Ford at jdford@thetachi.org.

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 undergraduates who have indicated a serious interest in becoming a chapter
  • Colony: 10 or more members; a group of undergraduates 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
  • Undergraduate academic performance
  • Potential for consistent, long-term alumni support
  • Likeliness of college/university support



Recent installations
  • University of Nebraska*
  • Florida International University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Oklahoma State University*
  • Georgia College & State University
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham*
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • University of Richmond*
  • Towson University
  • Colorado State University*
  • San Diego State University*
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Indiana State University*
  • University of Minnesota*
  • University of Nevada*
  • Texas State University
  • Western Illinois University*
  • Texas A&M*
  • University of South Carolina
  • Binghamton University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Cortland State University
  • University of New Hampshire*
*Indicates a reinstallation