Start a New Greek Organization

This step-by-step guide will show you how to begin the process of establishing a Greek chapter at the University of Rhode Island. 

How to Start a Greek Organization

    1. Identify the Group. Determine which organization that you are interested in starting at URI. Research their values and mission to ensure that they align with your own.  Make sure you do your research on the organization minimum standards for membership as well. There are upfront financial costs ranging from $500-$2000, minimum GPA requirements and a minimum number of members needed for most groups to start a new chapter. Some organizations have or have not had a chapter at URI before. Organizations that have previously been at URI may have alumni interested in seeing the chapter return to campus and can offer alumni advisement & support. 
    2. Seek Out Potential Members. There is no set minimum number of members to start a chapter, but in order to create a sustainable experience we recommend finding 7-10 other individuals who are also interested in joining this organization. This will ensure that you have a solid foundation upon the start of your organization. It is also important to make sure that these individuals are not just only in good standing but are outstanding! This means that they should showcase that they are dedicated students and community members at URI. 
      *If there are interested individuals who are of senior classification, then they will not be counted in the minimum number requirement as the typical length of the process can take multiple years.
    3. Connect with the National Organization. Once you have found an organization that you are interested in establishing at URI, you can now contact the inter/national organization.  The national organization has to then agree to start an interest group. If they are not interested or don’t have the resources, you might need to pursue another chapter or wait until they are ready. If you are having any difficulty with this step or aren’t sure what organization you want to start, you can move on to contacting the Office of Greek Affairs. 
    4. Contact the Office of Greek Affairs. We are here as a resource to provide you with information and guidance. Contact Alison Burke, the Assistant Director of Greek Affairs. We can help guide you on organization contacts, meeting space, event planning, budgeting and more. You should come prepared with your list of potential members to show that there is significant interest in starting the organization at URI and why you are looking to start a new organization. 
    5. Next Steps. The next steps in this process will be based on the inter/national organization itself, and how they wish to proceed. 
Theta Delta Chi re-established in 2022 with nearly 30 founding members

Don’t know where to look for an organization that aligns with your interests & values? Almost all Greek organizations fall under an overarching umbrella organization. 

Umbrella Organizations

Current & Future Expansion Plans 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Greek Affairs at