Start A Chapter
Starting a Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter allows you to create a space on your campus and within your community that builds up young men, provides a space for leadership development, and encourages brotherhood within the collegiate and alumni experience. This is an opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of individuals on your campus for years to come. It also gives you the opportunity to start a conversation within your community about giving back and creating an engaging social impact through philanthropic and service events. Chapter leaders also develop important skills and gain access to an incredible network of current and alumni members.
Process to Start a Chapter
Create an Interest Group
It’s great that you're interested in starting a chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon! You cannot do this alone, of course. An interest group is a group of students who want to start a chapter on your campus. Try to find 15-25 other men who share your interest in taking on this endeavour. Not sure where to find these men? What about the friends you already have? What about the men in your dorm section? What about men in your classes or men in other clubs that you are already involved with?
Apply with HQ
Once you have an established interest group, it’s time to apply to with us. Please fill out the categories below, and someone from our staff will get back to you shortly.
Become an Associate Chapter
After we reach out to you, we will contact your host institution to see where they stand on accepting new fraternities on their campus. From there you will likely receive a visit from a DKE staff member. If all goes well we will invite you to apply to be an Associate Chapter. This is a short application that require all members of your interest group to contribute.
Show willingness to become chapter
Once you are granted Associate Chapter status, it will be time to focus on your goal of receiving your charter. Receiving your charter is what makes you a chapter instead of an Associate Chapter. The expectation is that your Associate Chapter will apply for its charter in 1.5 to 2 years. During this time you will need to meet our chartering requirements. Once these requirements are met you will be invited to apply to become a chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon.
Become a Chapter
Becoming a Chapter is a monumental step in establishing a piece of the organization at a collegiate institution. Chapters are provided support from the International Fraternity staff and expected to continue the legacy of the organization.