Graduate Membership


  • Completion of at least a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative average of at least C+ or a graduate degree from an accredited senior college/university;

  • Motivation and ability to promote and extend the policies and programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.



The Sorority's official graduate Membership Intake Process (MIP) is by invitation only through one of our local graduate chapters and may not be solicited. Chapters host public events, such as forums, cultural presentations and social activities, which you may wish to attend in order to become acquainted with Sorority members and their community service activities in your area. The Chapter Locator section of this site provides chapter names and contacts in your community.

The MIP begins with an Official Letter of Invitation, on chapter stationery, signed by the local graduate chapter president AND membership chair. THERE WILL BE NO MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF AN OFFICIAL LETTER OF INVITATION. Participation in MIP activities in the name of the Sorority prior to receipt of this official letter is prohibited. There is neither pledging nor a Rush.

Candidacy is also contingent upon approval of the required materials submitted by the prospective candidate.


Legacy Status

A candidate who is the daughter, granddaughter, adopted daughter, stepdaughter or legal ward*of an active or deceased member is considered a Legacy Candidate.

* For Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a legal ward is defined as one whose permanent care, control, and custody legally have been placed with a member of the Sorority by an appropriate court of law.

Undergraduate- The living family-member must have been active for at least two (2) years immediately preceding the membership application for the undergraduate Legacy Candidate. Any undergraduate who applies for membership under the legacy provision must meet all of the requirements for undergraduate membership.

Graduate - The living family-member must have been active for at least two (2) years immediately preceding the presentation of recommendation for the Legacy Candidate. Graduate Legacy Candidates must meet all of the requirements for graduate membership.


Frequently Asked Questions:


Q. Can I participate in membership intake related activities, such as attending meetings or study sessions, wearing specific apparel or performing tasks prior to Rush, if I am asked to do so by a member of the Sorority?

A. No. Such activities are prohibited. Membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will not be extended to individuals engaging in membership intake activities prior to Rush.

Q. Is it possible for me to be considered for membership if I attend a four-year college/university that does not have a chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority?

A. Yes. Review the Sorority's criteria for membership as outlined in the Undergraduate Membership section above. You can be presented for General Membership in the Sorority by the graduate chapter in your college community or by the graduate chapter in your home community. Use the Chapter Locator to identify chapter names and contacts.

Q. What is the process for chartering an Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter on a campus that does not have one? 

A. Contact the Regional Director for information regarding an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority chapter on your campus. [Regional Director contact information is available in the Contact Us section of the site. To determine if your campus is located in the International Region, consult the chapter listings in the About The Region section of the site.]

Q. Is there another method for me to become a member of the Sorority if I attend a college/university that has an inactive chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority?

A. No. If your campus chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is inactive, it is not possible for you to become a member of the Sorority at this time.

Q. Can I become a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority if I attend a community college?

A. No. The Sorority's membership requirements include attendance at a four-year college/university that confers baccalaureate degrees.