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

Are you considering starting a chapter of your own in Alpha Sigma Alpha? Congratulations! This is a very exciting process for you. There are many ways to start your own chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha:

» If your campus Panhellenic is in a position of ability 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 Alpha Sigma Alpha

No matter what position you are in, please be sure to ask questions. Alpha Sigma Alpha wants to work with you!


AΣA and NPC Policies on Extension     Terms


Contact the collegiate expansion coordinator about the process of starting an Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter on your campus

Contact the National Panhellenic Conference about the process of obtaining proper authority to move forward with extension on your campus

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 collegiate expansion coordinator at national headquarters, We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

You should also contact your student affairs administration about your interest in affiliating with Alpha Sigma Alpha. The university or the campus Panhellenic Council has the authority to officially invite Alpha Sigma Alpha to colonize and affiliate with local sororities.

Alpha Sigma Alpha policy on extension

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.

NPC policy on extension

Alpha Sigma Alpha welcomes questions regarding colonization and starting new chapters. As a member of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), Alpha Sigma Alpha abides by polices set forth by NPC. These rules help to govern the extension process. The National Panhellenic Conference has an extension committee to assist colleges and universities with the process of starting new chapters. You can contact the NPC administrative office at to begin the process of extension.


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 colonize, 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.

COLONIZATION 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 colonize.

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. Members are represented on more than 620 college and university campuses in the United States and Canada and in over 4,600 alumnae associations, making up over 3.6 million sorority women in the world. Alpha Sigma Alpha is a member of NPC along with 25 other organizations.

RECOLONIZATION is the same process as colonization, but for campuses which Alpha Sigma Alpha has had an active chapter once before.