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Congratulations and thank you for your interest in Theta Delta Sigma. Though the process for starting a chapter is more challenging than simply joining one, the experience of starting a chapter of Theta Delta Sigma can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your collegiate career. You are not just starting another student organization on campus; rather you are about to embark on a journey that will be celebrated by many for years to come. Charter members, students who start a new chapter, will be forever remembered by each member of the chapter that follows. 

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The Expansion Process

From start to finish, Theta Delta Sigma's goal is to build strong chapters and to ensure that the chapter is prepared to provide its members an enjoyable experience. To help guide students interested in starting a new chapter, Theta Delta Sigma has implemented three phases of development. Each phase of the process has distinct criterion that need to be met to ensure long-term sustainability of a new chapter. To begin this process, a representative of the interest group must inform us that there is an interest in starting a new chapter. From there, we will be able to work with and support the group throughout the entire process. Once a group of students has recruited enough members and can meet any other requirements for starting a new student organization on campus, the interest group will be recognized by Theta Delta Sigma as a Club. While an Interest Group may be excited to start a chapter, Interest Groups are prohibited from acting on behalf of or representing themselves as Theta Delta Sigma until authorized by the National Board to do so.


A Club is a group of students that have shown interest in Theta Delta Sigma and have begun to participate in Phase One of the Blueprint Program and working towards colony status.

To become a Club, an Interest Group must:
  • recruit enough members to become an official student organization
  • identify a faculty/staff member to serve as Campus Advisor
  • work with Theta Delta Sigma towards campus recognition


A Colony is a group of members who have completed Phase One of the Blueprint Program and are working towards chapter status. As a Colony, the group is authorized to recruit and select new members, conduct ritual services, and have partial vote on matters presented at National Convention.


Chapter status will be granted once a colony has demonstrated that it can successfully run and sustain a chapter. Chapters are expected to meet the expectations of the Theta Delta Sigma accreditation program, S.C.O.R.E.

Local fraternity/sorority interested in affiliating with Theta Delta Sigma?

In recent years, there has been an increased interest from local organizations that would like to affiliate with a national organization. If you are currently a member of a local fraternity or sorority that would like to become a part of Theta Delta Sigma, we would love to hear from you! However, it is important that you also contact the Fraternity and Sorority Advisor at your campus to discuss your intent to "go national" and any process that they would like for your group to follow. 

Transfering to a school that doesn't have Theta Delta Sigma?

If you are a current member of Theta Delta Sigma transferring to a college that does not have a chapter, please start by completing the Transfer Notification Form. You will be contacted to discuss your interest in starting a chapter at your new campus. Although you are already a Sibling, it is important to know that starting a new chapter is not guaranteed. There are many factors that must be taken into consideration including the expansion and recognition policy of the campus as well as the level of national support that will be available at that time.