How to Start an ACM Student Chapter

ACM-W Student Chapter | SIG Student Chapter


Form a group of at least ten (15) interested students, willing to participate in activities and carry out the chapter’s mission. At least half of these students should consist of 1st- hrough 3rd-year students (freshmen, sophomore, juniors).


Find an ACM professional member to sponsor your chapter. This person could be a professor in your school.


Elect four (4) officers out of your group to run chapter business. At least three of the petitioning officers must be student members of ACM.


Begin the chartering process by completing the petition, bylaws, and first year activity plan.



The IRS requires that all U.S. ACM Chapters obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN). In order to obtain an EIN, the chapter sponsor’s signature is required on the IRS Form 2848.


Effective October 28, 2008, all applications will be reviewed on the 15th day of every month, with notification of official chartering being sent by the last day of every month. For Special Interest Group (SIG) Student Chapters, more time may be required for final approval from the appropriate SIG chair.


Please email the scanned petition with signatures, bylaws, activity plan, and signed IRS Form 2848 to ACM Local Activities at For chapters without access to a scanner, feel free to mail all items to:

ACM Local Activities
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701
New York NY 10121-0701

The materials you submit will be reviewed for completeness and then presented to the ACM Chief Operating Officer for charter approval.Please note that failing to include any one of these items will result in a delay in chartering. Incomplete petitions will be held for one month after initial notice of receipt.

Please note that you are required by the ACM Constitution to adopt the sample bylaws exactly as they are shown, unless you receive in advance specific permission to change them from the Local Activities Manager.

Any major chapter activities such as conferences or multiple-day events must be approved through the ACM Local Activities Manager before they are scheduled.


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