How to Start a Student Chapter

A Student chapter serves as a gateway to forums, panel discussions, and symposia that further a student's professional development. Preparation and presentation of technical reports and papers and cooperative efforts on research projects allow students to test their technical expertise.

Start an ACM Student Chapter in 4 easy steps.

* Entries made during the application process may be saved and completed at a later time by visiting the URL sent to the chapter email address.

Step 1:  Enter chapter name, chapter email address, chapter type, and chapter sub-type.

Step 2: Enter the names of the individuals to serve as Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer. These individuals must be ACM Student Members. In addition, a Faculty Sponsor with an  ACM  Professional Membership is required. 

Step 3: Enter chapter contact information (postal address and phone number).

Step 4: Enter the names of at least ten (10) individuals willing to carry out the chapter's mission and participate in activities.  A CSV file (comma-separated values) containing the last name, middle, first name, and email addresses of these members will be required through the automated charting application (Example: "Doe," "John," "johndoe@domain.com"). You may also enter each member name individually.

Once the completed application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Local Activities Manager within 5-7 business days.

Note:
FOR UNITED STATES CHAPTERS:  The IRS requires chapters operating in the United States to have an Employer Identification Number (EIN). The EIN will serve as proof of a chapter’s nonprofit status and allow ACM to include the chapter in our annual group filing with the IRS. ACM will request an EIN on your behalf which you will receive upon chartering.

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