Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders is a transformational, six-day leadership development experience intended to empower participants to create the ideal chapter. Bringing together up to 50 undergraduate members from across the country for each session, this institute is for emerging leaders and has proven to be one of Pi Kappa Phi's most impactful programs.

Participants spend their time at Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders in two spaces: the Forum and their Huddles. The Forum is the large group space where all participants and faculty members come together to exchange thoughts and learn from each other. Two Lead Faculty members primarily guide the conversation during time spent in the Forum.

In addition to the large group session, students also participate in small groups, called Huddles. Huddles are led by two faculty members (one alumnus and one friend of the Fraternity). In these groups, participants make friends, cultivate brotherhood, reflect on what’s been discussed, and make meaning of each day’s curriculum.

The institute also includes a challenge course, unique subordinate rituals, and an insider look at Pi Kappa Phi's history through visits to both the Kelley A. Bergstrom Leadership Center of Pi Kappa Phi in Charlotte and the College of Charleston.

Pi Kapp College participants:
  • Develop friendships with brothers across the country
  • Discover what makes them unique and powerful as leaders by taking the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment
  • Explore how to utilize their strengths when working with others
  • Experience a friendship visit and deepen their appreciation for the abilities of all people
  • Learn more about their personal values and how they influence who they are as an individual
  • Discuss Pi Kappa Phi's Ritual of Initiation and obligations of membership during a day trip to Charleston, SC
  • Create a plan to help their chapter become more like the ideal chapter
  • Eat incredible food prepared by the staff at the Sigma Chapter house at the University of South Carolina
  • Meet influential alumni and leaders within Pi Kappa Phi
Additionally, over 75% of all Pi Kapp College graduates go on to hold leadership positions in their chapter. Recent graduates include the current Student Representative to the National Council, Noah Hendel, Theta Lambda (Missouri State).


There will be three sessions of Pi Kapp College offered this summer:
  • Session IMay 20-25, 2018
  • Session II: June 10-15, 2018
  • Session III: July 8-13, 2018


Pi Kapp College for Emerging Leaders begins in Charlotte, NC at the Kelley A. Bergstrom Leadership Center. The majority of the program will take place at the Sigma Chapter house at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC; and participants will spend a full day in Charleston, SC for a Heritage Tour, including historic Pi Kappa Phi sites in both the Holy City and on the College of Charleston campus.

  • Participants must be initiated members of Pi Kappa Phi by the start of their session
  • Ideal applicants will be going into their sophomore or junior year of college
  • Ideal applicants will be motivated to make a positive impact on their chapter, campus, or community

  • Early Decision Deadline: December 31, 2017
  • Early Decisions Released: January 26, 2018
  • Regular Decision Deadline: February 11, 2018 (Applications will continue to be accepted after this date based on session availability.)
  • Regular Decisions Released: February 28, 2018
  • Priority Registration Deadline: February 28, 2018 (including a non-refundable $100 registration fee)
  • Registration Deadline: April 1, 2018 (including a non-refundable $100 registration fee)

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