ENHANCE YOUR BUSINESS SKILLS

Join Collegiate DECA to grow as a leader while networking
with college and university students from around the world.

YOUR FUTURE STARTS HERE

Compete with the Best

Demonstrate your prowess in business competitions with the best-of-the-best from colleges and universities across the globe while striving for international recognition.

Join a Community

Develop your inner circle and be in the company of ambition. Forge lifelong friendships with like-minded students on your campus and across our global membership.

Prepare for Your Career

Stand out when starting your career by participating in professional development activities, practicing leadership skills and networking with business professionals.

Discover New Places

Experience business travel as you attend educational conferences and events. Explore the business, culture and lifestyle of their host cities while making lifelong memories.

DECA equips you with the skills, knowledge and experience you need to conquer whatever is next in your professional or personal journey.

Michelle LeNevada

If you're on the fence about joining, I guarantee Collegiate DECA will make a difference in your life. 

Drew DuBoffRhode Island

Collegiate DECA has increased my confidence level. Now I know I can overcome any obstacles I face in the future.

Anthony FakhouryArizona

Every DECA conference allows members to apply their skills to real-world scenarios and receive valuable feedback from industry professionals.

Lindsay JoynerUtah

DECA doesn’t end after high school! I’ve met my best friends, networked with business professionals and continued what I loved to do in high school: compete.

Jenny Patinowisconsin

BEGIN YOUR MEMBERSHIP JOURNEY TODAY

JOIN YOUR CHAPTER ON CAMPUS

If your campus already has an established Collegiate DECA chapter, reach out to its key contact to find out how to join.
 

FIND YOUR CHAPTER

JOIN AS AN INDEPENDENT MEMBER

If your campus doesn’t have a chapter, join as an independent member so you can immediately experience the benefits of Collegiate DECA.
 

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START A CHAPTER ON YOUR CAMPUS

Once you have an established following on your campus, start a chapter to make your chapter official.
 

START A CHAPTER

COMPETE WITH THE BEST-OF-THE-BEST AND EARN RECOGNITION

Put your knowledge, experience and skills to the test while representing your college or university in Collegiate DECA’s Competitive Events Program. Vie for top international honors in one of nearly 30 case study and prepared business presentation competitions. No matter your future career, there is a competition for you!

Business Management

  • Business Ethics
  • Business Research
  • Human Resource Management
  • Retail Management

Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurship Challenge
  • Entrepreneurship Operations
  • Entrepreneurship – Starting a Business
  • Entrepreneurship – Growing Your Business

Finance

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Stock Market Game

Hospitality

  • Culinary Management Institute
  • Event Planning
  • Hotel and Lodging
  • Restaurant and Food Service Management
  • Travel and Tourism

Marketing

  • Advertising Campaign
  • Business Research
  • Business-to-Business Marketing
  • Emerging Technology Marketing Strategies
  • Fashion Merchandising and Marketing
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Marketing Management
  • Professional Sales
  • Sales Management Meeting
  • Sports and Entertainment Marketing

EXTEND YOUR LEARNING BEYOND CAMPUS

Enhance Your Leadership

Many associations offer leadership development conferences and events at the regional and association levels. These regionally-based conferences provide a perfect opportunity for you to develop your leadership skills, and in some cases qualify to attend Collegiate DECA’s International Career Development Conference. 

Explore
Your Career

ENGAGE is an exciting professional development experience. Through networking opportunities, career development seminars, and eduTours with DECA partner companies and Chicago-based businesses, ENGAGE attendees will leave Chicago feeling confident and ready to conquer their career goals, whatever they may be!

Compete and Network

The International Career Development Conference allows 1,500 members to demonstrate their knowledge and skills by participating in Collegiate DECA’s Competitive Events Program in hopes of being named an international champion. Network and engage with business executives through a full day of professional development.

JOIN A CHAPTER

If your campus already has an established Collegiate DECA chapter, reach out to its key contact to find out how to join. Select your campus below to get started.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO CAN BE A COLLEGIATE DECA MEMBER?

Student members must be enrolled in a college or university on either a full- or part-time basis at some time during the academic year. Each chartered association may further define its own membership qualifications, and each chapter may set more detailed criteria. Collegiate DECA membership is also open to DECA advisors, alumni and professional members. This includes undergraduate and graduate students.

WHO SHOULD JOIN COLLEGIATE DECA?

All students who participate in Collegiate DECA activities at the local, district, chartered association and/or international levels should pay chartered association and DECA Inc. dues. These activities include, but are not limited to, conferences, competitive events, online challenges, scholarship applications and more. Board policy states that all members, including advisors, must pay membership dues.

WHAT ARE MEMBERSHIP DUES?

DECA Inc. membership dues are $10 USD per person (student, advisor, alumni and professional) plus appropriate chartered association dues. The list of dues is available on this page and automatically appears for your chartered association in the online membership system. Independent membership is available for students whose college or university does not have a Collegiate DECA chapter.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN DECA MEMBERSHIP?

In addition to an official membership card and pin, Collegiate DECA members have exclusive access to all of the career preparation opportunities Collegiate DECA provides. These include four issues of the DECA Direct digital magazine, access to the DECA Connect online community, participation in Collegiate DECA’s Competitive Events Program to demonstrate their knowledge and earn recognition, opportunities to attend conferences designed to prepare them for careers, access to $200,000 in scholarships and more. Collegiate DECA membership is for one school year, culminating June 30 of each year.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING MEMBERSHIP?

DECA membership is open year-round; however, DECA encourages all chapters to activate their chapter by submitting initial membership by November 15. This ensures that the chapter continues to receive communication, publications and services from DECA Inc. The deadline for members to be eligible to compete at the International Career Development Conference is February 15. Each chartered association may have earlier membership deadlines.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF MEMBERS NEEDED ON A ROSTER?

The minimum chapter size is ten (10) student members and one (1) advisor (or any combination of 11 paid members). The only exception is in the case of a new or reactivated chapter, which has two years to obtain the minimum chapter size. In this case, please contact Michael Mount.

WHO IS AN ALUMNI MEMBER?

Alumni members are individuals who have graduated and wish to remain involved with the program by paying the appropriate DECA Inc. and chartered association dues. Alumni members receive a pin and card, one-year subscription to DECA Direct (if a current address is provided) and the value of supporting an organization that has impacted them and additional emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. Alumni members should join through their local chapter.

WHAT IF MY COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY DOESN'T HAVE A COLLEGIATE DECA CHAPTER?

If your college or university does not have a Collegiate DECA chapter, please contact info@deca.org for more information on how you can start a Collegiate DECA chapter.

GET IN TOUCH

    Michelle LeNevada

    DECA equips you with the skills, knowledge and experience you need to conquer whatever is next in your professional or personal journey.

    Drew DuBoffRhode Island

    If you're on the fence about joining, I guarantee Collegiate DECA will make a difference in your life. 

    Anthony FakhouryArizona

    Collegiate DECA has increased my confidence level. Now I know I can overcome any obstacles I face in the future.

    Lindsay JoynerUtah

    Every DECA conference allows members to apply their skills to real-world scenarios and receive valuable feedback from industry professionals.