Ready to Start a Chapter of AKL? I'm Interested in Joining AKL

Are you that man – or group of men – on your campus who is ready to create a path that will leave a legacy?

Not everyone has the courage or vision to start a chapter of Alpha Kappa Lambda. It requires true leadership, time, and follow-through. Over 100 years ago, 11 men at the University of California- Berkeley had an idea to form the first fraternity on the west coast. Since that time, more than 26,000 members have joined the ranks as “Men of Character Committed to Making a Difference.” The flag of Alpha Kappa Lambda flies high on many campuses. We have laid a path of growth to new campuses through men of high values, high aspirations, and vision. If you have the passion, skills, and desire to start a chapter of Alpha Kappa Lambda on your campus, you have come to the right place.

Starting a Colony of Alpha Kappa Lambda

Recruit a group of 10-20 men, who embody the Five Ideals of Alpha Kappa Lambda and already have high academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and financial commitment to starting a colony. Below is a list of all Upcoming Expansion locations that AKL has already been approved to start a colony. 

Upcoming Expansions

Spring 2020: Towson University (New Institution)
Fall 2020: Eta- Washington State University
Spring 2021: Loyola University New Orleans (New Institution)
Fall 2022: Kappa- Purdue University
Spring 2022: Zeta- University of Michigan
Spring 2023: Beta Nu- Virginia Commonwealth University
Spring 2024: Phi- Oregon State University
Fall 2026: Alpha Iota- University of Wyoming

Recruiting Members

Starting a new fraternity chapter requires members who are dedicated to putting in the time and effort to be successful. It is important that as a member, you choose men that will go through this experience with you. This section identifies some easy ways to begin the recruitment process.

Marketing the Colony

You will want the campus and community to know that Alpha Kappa Lambda has arrived! Many times, if not properly marketed, the colony will struggle to be successful in its early stages. This page will provide ideas on how to market AKL for success.

Colony Operations

If you want to be a part of a successful fraternity, you need to be organized. A fraternity operates as much as a business as it is a family. This section teaches you the basics of a properly operating colony.

National Affiliation

It may seem easier to start a local fraternity and not pay for a national affiliation like Alpha Kappa Lambda. This page will identify why it is so important that you do choose to be part of a national fraternity.

Financial Commitment

Like membership in almost all organizations, it costs money to be in a fraternity and maintain membership. This section identifies the national dues and fees associated with joining. It is important that every member and potential members is aware of the financial commitment in joining.

Membership Education

Being a fraternity member means constantly learning and trying to educate yourself. As the colony grows, Membership Education is an important component of developing the colony into a chapter. This page discusses the Membership Education process and what members will learn.

Campus Recognition

Alpha Kappa Lambda believes it is important to be part of the campus community and adhere to all institution policies. This section discusses the ideal process when gaining recognition on campus as a fraternity and student organization.

Alumni & Volunteers

A vital piece of success for the colony is the Alpha Kappa Lambda alumni that get involved and the volunteers that provide support. This page discusses those opportunities that are available and how to build a support network.

Community Service & Philanthropy

Community Service & Philanthropy is a critical part of the fraternity experience. The fraternity strives to develop “Men of Character Committed to Making a Difference” who give back to their campus and community.


“Scholarship” is one of the Five Ideals of Alpha Kappa Lambda. It is extremely important that academics is a priority for all members throughout their entire academic career.

Social Events & Activities

Part of being a colony and chapter is having fun! There is a long list of events that members can host or participate in as the colony grows.

Chartering Petition & Banquet

It is time for a colony to become a chapter. This page identifies what it takes to start a Chartering Petition and become a chapter of Alpha Kappa Lambda and what occurs during the Chartering Banquet.

To learn more; contact the National Headquarters by email at or by phone 317-564-8003