Since 1872 our Founders understood the value in expanding our organization to include phenomenal women at other universities.
Alpha Phi's second chapter, Beta chapter at Northwestern University, resulted when three good friends decided they wanted to form a permanent sisterhood that lasted beyond college. These brave women went to the dean of women to ask her for a Greek dictionary so that they could select a Greek name. Dr. Jane Bancroft was a member of Alpha Phi's founding Alpha chapter at Syracuse University, and she suggested that they apply to join the already established group made up of college women of similar aims and interests. Thus began Alpha Phi's first extension project.
Today, establishing a new chapter can be a more complex endeavor. If there are already sororities on the campus, then those sororities through a vote of college Panhellenic must decide that there is a need for a new group on campus by voting to open for expansion. If there are no sororities on campus, then it is important to know if the university women would welcome the addition of a national sorority.
Alpha Phi is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference, which is the umbrella organization for 26 women's inter/national sororities. This Conference has established some guidelines for expansion on a college campus. For more information on starting a new group, please contact:
The Extension Committee
National Panhellenic Conference