“One of our eight core values, GROWTH, promotes the continual development of our members, our chapters and our national organization.”

Are you considering growing your community by adding a new sorority to your campus? Congratulations! Extension is a very exciting process for you. There are many ways to start your own chapter on your campus:

» If your College Panhellenic is in a position to add another organization
» If you are from a campus that does not have national sororities
» If you are part of a local sorority who wants to affiliate with a national sorority

Starting a New Chapter Through NPC

As a member of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), Alpha Sigma Alpha abides by policies set forth by NPC. These rules govern the extension process. The National Panhellenic Conference has an extension committee to assist colleges and universities with the process of starting new chapters.

Before a new sorority can come to a campus, proper authority must be granted. To learn more information about the extension process and who is the proper authority on your campus, please contact the NPC Extension Committee at npccentral@npcwomen.org or visit NPC extension website.

Alpha Sigma Alpha policy on extension

Alpha Sigma Alpha welcomes questions regarding establishing new chapters. We believe in expanding our national organization and growing our membership. Alpha Sigma Alpha collaborates with universities and colleges to add new chapters of Alpha Sigma Alpha on their campus. Extension is pivotal to the growth and development of the national organization. When Alpha Sigma Alpha considers a campus for extension, different criteria is used to determine if a campus is a good match for the organization.

Local Sorority Affiliation

If you are a local sorority that is not affiliated with an NPC group and would like to be affiliated with Alpha Sigma Alpha, please contact the assistant director of collegiate services at national headquarters, Sarah Gafron. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

You should also contact your student affairs administration about your interest in affiliating with a national organization The university or the campus Panhellenic Council has the authority to officially begin the extension process.


EXTENSION is the addition of a new sorority to a college or university.

AN EMERGING CHAPTER is a group of women on a collegiate campus, who has invited Alpha Sigma Alpha to establish, who have gone through the Phoenix Degree Service (new member ritual) and who are completing the benchmarks of their emerging chapter development program in order to become as AΣA chapter.

ESTABLISHMENT is the period between the Phoenix Degree Service (new member ritual) and Sanctuary Degree Service (initiation ritual). Completion of the emerging chapter development program, membership education, as well as other benchmarks given to each emerging chapter, leads to the installation of the chapter and initiation of the new members.

INSTALLATION is the ceremony part of the celebration, most commonly conducted over a weekend, at which an emerging chapter is “installed” as an official chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Installation usually is conducted alongside the Sanctuary Degree Service at which point the new members of the emerging chapter become initiated members of that installed Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter.

EXPANSION RECRUITMENT is the process of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s initial recruitment of women on a campus who has invited AΣA to establish.

NATIONAL PANHELLENIC CONFERENCE (NPC) the National Panhellenic Conference exists to promote the values of and to serve as an advocate for its member groups in collaboration with those members, campuses and communities. Alpha Sigma Alpha is a member of NPC along with 25 other organizations.