Standards of Excellence


Standards of Excellence is ZBT’s chapter/colony assessment program. The Standards of Excellence program articulates the basic expectations for chapter and colony leaders to strive to achieve success. Standards of Excellence measures the strength and progress of chapters/colonies in a variety of areas. The Standards of Excellence application should be completed by every chapter/colony each year.

For questions, contact Nick Estrada, Director of the Undergraduate Experience, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (317) 334-1898.

Samples of Standards of Excellence materials:

SBRV Certification Form
Sample Newsletter
Sample Calendar
Sample Extracurricular Roster
Sample Budget Template

About Standards of Excellence

Zeta Beta Tau's Standards of Excellence program is designed to be a chapter/colony self-evaluation. It provides your chapter/colony a way to evaluate its strengths, documents its successes and determine areas for improvement which can inform your future goal setting. The Fraternity relies on this program to get common metrics from each chapter/colony that allows us to determine what kinds of resources can be shared between the brotherhood while also understanding how to better serve our chapters and colonies.

It is important to understand that the Standards of Excellence program does not exist to create uniform chapters and colonies across the country, rather to help chapters and colonies realize the basic set of operations they should be employing in their day-to-day operations. Know that many chapters and colonies typically go above and beyond the minimum expectations set out in the current form of the program.

About SmarterSelect

Each chapter or colony should only use or create one login for submission of Standards of Excellence. You may have an existing account if you have previously applied for a scholarship with the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation.

About International Awards

The chapter/colony Standards of Excellence reporting program is used in conjunction with International Awards to determine award winners annually. Each year the Fraternity recognizes individuals (undergraduate, alumni and friends of ZBT) and chapters/colonies for achievement in programming, recruitment, philanthropy and more. Special awards may be given at the discretion of Fraternity leadership. View a listing of all Zeta Beta Tau International awards here.