How to Start a Chapter
Step 1: Secure the Support from a Faculty Member Who Will Serve as Advisor for the Chapter
Support from a faculty advisor is vital to the success of the chapter. Their guidance, advice, and connections within the university’s School of Business will be an integral part of your chapter’s chartering.
Step 2: Get a Group of Students Interested
PSE requires that each new chapter have at least 25 members for its chartering class. Of those 25, 20 cannot graduate in the semester that you finish your chartering. For example, if you finish your chartering process in November, 20 of your 25 new members cannot graduate in December.
Step 3: Apply to Become a Chapter
Dean’s Letter of Support—In each step of your process, the administrators of the university need to be fully aware of the organization and the steps is taking. After the Dean approves, have him or her write a letter of endorsement to PSE HQ. Click here for a sample.
Register Organization with Student Activities Office (or equivalent)—Each campus has different requirements for students wishing to register a new organization, so make sure you are aware of their unique processes. PSE HQ can provide you with a set of model chapter bylaws.
Fill out Chapter Chartering Application and sent to PSE HQ’s Development Manager—The Chapter Application needs to be filled out for our records and for approval by our National Council.
Elect a Chapter Executive Board—Each chapter is run by a management team of officers. When PSE HQ representatives come to install your chapter, they will also bring officer training materials.
Step 4: Register Student Members and Pay Fees Through Online PSE Member Portal – MemberSuite
It is required that each member pay their dues ($125) and register as new members. The chapter must also pay the $250 Chapter Chartering Fee before the chapter can be formally installed.
Step 5: Schedule Installation and Training Date with PSE HQ Representative(s) and Conduct Official Chartering of the Chapter
Congratulations! When you’ve reached this step, you’re ready to be installed as a new PSE chapter.
During your training, all officers will be formally trained, you will learn all necessary functions of running a successful PSE chapter, begin writing your chapter’s first Annual Strategic Plan, and end your day with your chapter membership initiation ceremony and chapter installation.