Chartered Alumni Chapter Application

The Alumni Chapters Program with the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) provides a grassroots mechanism for Cal alumni to build a community of engaged alumni to support the University.

We ask that any alumni interested in forming a chartered alumni chapter follow the three steps outlined in this application.  

Step 1 - Responsibilities and Benefits
Step 2 - Application Timeline
Step 3 - Charter Application

The Alumni Chapters team is available to answer any questions -

Please Note:

i. the submission of an application does not guarantee the provision of a charter with the Cal Alumni Association and the Chartered Alumni Chapters program.

ii. applications for chapters that serve the same community of an existing chapter or that serve academic departments/colleges can not be considered. Please be sure to review our list of current chartered alumni chapters and online alumni communities.

iii. applications for chapters that serve an international community can not be considered by CAA - international alumni chapters are housed under the International Relations department

Step 1 - Responsibilities and Benefits

Before applying to become a chartered alumni chapter with the Cal Alumni Association (CAA), the Alumni Chapters Staff asks that any interested alumni familiarize themselves with the following documents and resources to ensure alumni chapter volunteer success and alignment with CAA mission and goals. 

Alumni Chapter Manual »

Alumni Chapter Resources »

Alumni Chapter Responsibilities »

Volunteer Handbook »

Mission and Goals of the Cal Alumni Association »

Step 2 - Application Timeline

Starting and running a successful chartered alumni chapter requires time, commitment, and innovation from many alumni volunteers.

The Alumni Chapters Staff takes the chartered alumni chapter application process very seriously. We know how much time goes into starting a new alumni chapter. We dedicate the time needed to review each application to determine if the proposed chapter is a good fit for the Alumni Chapters program and the Cal Alumni Association.  

Application Timeline

Chapter Application and Year One Plan Submitted

  • Alumni Chapters Staff review application and Year One Plan
  • 2 to 4 weeks

Phone Interviews with Board Members

  • One-on-one phone interviews conducted with each board member
  • 2 to 3 weeks

Final Decision

  • Alumni Chapters Staff provide board members with a final decision
  • 1 to 2 weeks after phone interviews are completed

Step 3 - Charter Application

How To Apply

Please work with all proposed board members to compile the following information before starting the online application.

The Alumni Chapters Staff has created the following “guides” to make it easy for you to compile all the needed information for the application and Year One Plan:

Chartered Alumni Chapter Application Guide »
This document will provide you with a list of all the information you will need to complete the online application. 

Chartered Alumni Chapter Year One Plan Guide »
This document will provide you with a suggested framework for the Year One Plan and suggested formatting for uploading. 

Completing of Application and Uploading of Year One Plan
The online application is not able to save your work - please be sure to use the guides provided above to prepare your information ahead of time.  

Chartered Alumni Chapter Application »