Paving the Road to Continued Growth
Expansion became a reality for Phi Sigma Sigma in 1918. Five years after the Alpha Chapter was established at Hunter College in New York, our Founders were invited to install Beta Chapter at Tufts College in Boston, and Gamma Chapter at New York University. Phi Sigma Sigma rapidly grew to national status, introducing our ideals throughout western, mid-western, and southern campuses. As early as 1930 we became an international sorority with the founding of Upsilon Chapter at the University of Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada. Since that time, we have chartered over 150 campuses. As we continue to welcome opportunities to expand, extension remains an essential vehicle of growth for Phi Sigma Sigma.
"I'm proud to say we've recreated tradition. Being a part of our founding has been one of the most rewarding experiences I'll ever have."
— Sarah Holtz, Iota Beta, Quincy University
Creating New Paths
Establishing a new Phi Sigma Sigma chapter is a multifaceted undertaking. Extension opportunities arise in a variety of ways including invitations from college and university administrations, Panhellenic councils, local sororities, Phi Sigma Sigma alumnae, and other interested parties. When an opportunity exists, our extension team considers a range of criteria such as: the likelihood of the success of the chapter, geographic location of the campus, competitiveness of the school, student population, strength of the existing Greek system, and local alumnae support for the potential new chapter. The extension team may also help determine if a campus without sororities is interested in accepting a national sorority.
Sororities determine a need for a new group via a college Panhellenic vote to open expansion on a campus. Phi Sigma Sigma is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), an organization of 26 national and international women's sororities. Accordingly, we adhere to the guidelines established by the NPC for expansion on a college campus. In addition, the campus Panhellenic, or campus administration, must grant NPC groups permission to begin the extension process.
"Starting a chapter required vision and determination, and our alumnae sisters gave us the support we needed to succeed. And succeed we did. We even received the "Toro Heart Award" for our participation in philanthropic events held by the University."
— Carolyn Veek, Iota Gamma, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Starting a Phi Sigma Sigma Collegiate Chapter
Individuals interested in bringing Phi Sigma Sigma to their campus should contact Headquarters:
Phi Sigma Sigma, Inc
8178 Lark Brown Road
Elkridge, MD 21075
We encourage our collegiate and alumnae sisters, friends, and family to assist by helping with a lead, or passing on information pertaining to an interested party to Headquarters.
The Extension Committee of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) collects information about leads and communicates the information to all NPC groups. Questions regarding how to add an NPC sorority chapter or establish a Panhellenic system can be directed to the NPC Extension Committee at:
NPC Central Office
3901 W. 86th Street, Suite 380
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
Phone: (317) 872-3185
Fax: (317) 872-3192