Start a Chapter

To start a chapter at your school, please complete the form below.

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.

An interest list of 15 or more students must be submitted to start a chapter. Please see important dates below.

Note that you are not required, nor expected, to generate an interest list before submitting the form below.

April 1, 2018 – Deadline to Submit Interest List

November 1, 2018 – Deadline to Submit 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 at my school?

It has certainly been done before! Please submit a chapter interest form so that we may connect with you to talk through the process of establishing a chapter. From there, you can decide if you would like to start a chapter at your school.

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 students or faculty members who have 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 membership benefits. If anyone from your school expresses interest, we will connect you!

  • Hospitality programs include, but are not limited to: Travel and Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Hotel/Restaurant/Event Management, etc. Please search your school website if you're unsure.
  • Please search your school website, Google or Wikipedia if you're unsure.