Start a Chapter

We appreciate your interest in starting a chapter at your school.

To get started, please click here.

To qualify for a chapter, your school must be a four-year university that offers a hospitality-related program and/or has a minimum of 15,000 students enrolled.

If your school does not meet this qualification, we still encourage you to join and take advantage of national membership benefits.

Due to the high volume of chapter interest, an interest list of 15 or more students must be submitted to launch a chapter. Please see important dates below.

November 1, 2017 – Deadline to Submit Chapter Interest List

April 1, 2018 – Deadline to Submit Chapter Interest List

How long does it take to start a chapter?

On average, it takes approximately 3 months to establish a chapter. This can vary depending upon how long it takes to generate an interest list and your school’s process for establishing new organizations on campus.

What if my school does not have a hospitality program?

SEPA thrives on campuses that both do and do not have hospitality programs. As long as your school is a 4-year university and has a minimum of 15,000 students enrolled, you qualify!

Is there a fee to start a chapter?

No, there is not a fee to start a chapter. Your only requirement is to submit an interest list of 15 or more students.

By submitting a chapter interest form, am I obligated to establish a chapter?

No, if you submit an interest form and decide that founding a chapter is not for you, you are not obligated to continue establishing a chapter at your school.

Will I have help establishing a chapter?

Absolutely! We have numerous resources and an entire team on our national Board of Directors to help you get your chapter started.

Are there benefits to founding a chapter?

Yes! All chapter founders are featured on our website. Founding a chapter also gives a great opportunity to build leadership skills and enhance your resume.

I'm a senior. Is there enough time for me to found a chapter on my campus?

Please submit a chapter interest form and we will connect with you to talk through the process of establishing a chapter. From there, you can decide if you would like to found a chapter or not.

How do I know if someone at my school has already expressed interest?

Please submit an interest form and we will connect you with any student or faculty member that has expressed interest.

What if I am unable to generate a 15-person interest list?

No worries! You can still join and take advantage of our national member benefits. If anyone from your school expresses interest, we will connect you!