Starting a new chapter

Extension has been an important part of Pi Beta Phi since 1868, one year after our founding, when Libbie Brook Gaddis established our second chapter. If you’re wondering how to bring a Pi Phi chapter to your campus, there are a few things to know about the process. 

All National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) groups have agreed that when a College Panhellenic (CPH) exists on a campus, the CPH must vote in favor of extension before contact is made with NPC member groups. When a campus doesn’t have a CPH, NPC works with the appropriate members of the university administration. 

Pi Phi welcomes the opportunity for new chapters and carefully reviews all inquiries once there is a vote for extension. During our evaluation process, we consider factors like an institution’s academic success, alumnae support in the area and community stability. Ultimately, the decision rests with each university to choose the organization that best fits their sorority community. 

NPC has an Extension Committee that can assist you with the process of starting a new chapter, creating a new Panhellenic system, or affiliating with Pi Phi or any other NPC member group. The NPC website offers more information on bringing NPC groups onto a campus. 

Pi Phi's Newest Chapters

University of Wisconsin–Green Bay in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Fall 2020

University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada, Fall 2017

Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, Fall 2016

Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Spring 2016

University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, Spring 2016

Chapman University in Orange, California, Spring 2015

University of San Diego in San Diego, California, Spring 2015


A Network of Sisters and friends

From the first chapter at Monmouth College to the many chapters that followed, Pi Beta Phi has grown to more than 300,000 members today. The common threads that bind chapters together are the core values of the wine and silver blue.

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Leading with values.

Pi Phi's collegiate and alumnae programming is designed to promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential and enrich lives through community service.

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Every Sister. Every Year.

As a premier organization for women, we've supported and empowered our sisters since 1867. Your gifts to our Foundation provide the resources Pi Phi needs to ensure that work continues.

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We believe in the power of reading.

For more than a century, we've worked to inspire a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential, creating a more literate and productive society. Today, Pi Phis participate, donate and advocate for literacy through our Read > Lead > Achieve® reading initiatives — just as our sisters first did in 1912. 

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