How Do You Pursue Fraternity/Sorority Life?

Making the decision to pursue membership in a fraternity or sorority is indeed an important one, and should not be made casually. Membership is a privilege and like any successful organization, there are obligations which accompany membership.

There are a few different ways eligible* students (eligibility requirements listed below) can participate in membership activities throughout the year.

Spring recruitment occurs throughout January and is the primary form of recruitment on campus. It is a centralized process in which Fraternity/Sorority leaders plan and implement specific events for potential new members and active members to meet and highlight the unique components of one group to another. The process is mutually selective which means that potential new members make decisions about returning to a future chapter event while the chapters are extending invitations for future events to men and women they are interested in extending a bid to. Though the process is not perfect, potential new members who remain objective, genuine, and intentional about their decisions, are most pleased with the outcome of Recruitment.

At the beginning of Fall, most fraternities and some sororities recruit eligible* students through a more informal process than in the spring.

University Eligibility Requirements to Join a Fraternity or Sorority

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at Washington University. Graduate and professional students are not permitted to join a fraternity or sorority at Washington University.
  • Earned 12 credit hours
  • Earned a 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • Be approved through the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards’ name check process:
    • Not be found responsible for one or any combination of the following violations within the past two semesters:
      • Drugs (possession, use, distribution)
      • Repeated Alcohol policy violations
      • Usage and/or possession of false identification – three or more instances
      • Vandalism
    • In addition, the student must not be found responsible for any of the following violations during their tenure at the University:
      • Repeated violations of Academic Integrity policies
      • Assault and/or other issues of violence

In the instance that a student does not pass the name check process, they are ineligible to participate in a recruitment or intake process or receive a membership bid. Their eligibility for participation and membership may be reinstated two academic semesters from the semester they are found responsible for a violation(s) that makes them ineligible. This only applies if no other incident compromises one’s eligibility during this time frame. For example, if found responsible for something that makes one ineligible for recruitment in fall semester 2018, the student would not be eligible for recruitment again until fall semester 2019. For students found responsible of repeated academic integrity violations or assault and/or other issues of violence, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards reserves the right to block recruitment and membership eligibility, regardless of how many semesters have passed since the infraction(s). For more information regarding eligibility and the name check process, please refer to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards at or email at

In January each year, Panhellenic recruitment starts prior to classes beginning for the spring semester. This requires potential new members to return to campus early. Registration is required to participate in recruitment and there is a fee to participate (traditionally this fee ranges from $100-$125 depending on time of registration).

Schedule (specific dates to be determined):

  • Sunday, January 6, 2019: Active chapter members can begin moving back into their rooms.
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019: Women participating in recruitment need to return by 5 p.m. on this day. Women who wish to return before that date need to make arrangements with the Residential Life Office as the Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA) can only ensure room access while recruitment is actually being held.
  • Welcome dinner for women participating in recruitment in the DUC followed by a mandatory meeting.
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Round One of Primary Recruitment – Arete Round. Women will visit all nine chapters.
  • Thursday, January 10, 2019: Round Two of Primary Recruitment – Philanthropy Round. Women will be invited back to a MAXIMUM of seven chapters on this day. Schedules are not created for this round until a potential new member has completed the previous round. Women will be invited back to a MAXIMUM of six chapters on this day.
  • Friday, January 11, 2019: Round Three of Primary Recruitment – Sisterhood Round. Women will be invited back to a MAXIMUM of five chapters on this day.
  • Saturday, January 12, 2019: Round Four of Primary Recruitment – Preference Round. Women will be invited back to a MAXIMUM of two chapters on this day.
  • Sunday, January 13. 2019: Bid/Unity Day. Bids (chapter invitations) will be distributed in the morning, followed by a Women’s Panhellenic Association Unity ceremony. Chapter bid day activities will occur from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. that afternoon.

Once registered, potential new members will be assigned to a Recruitment Counselor, who disaffiliates from her own chapter in order to serve as an unbiased, pressure-free resource for the women.

If a woman is not eligible because of grades or conduct reasons, a staff member from Campus Life will contact that woman over winter break once grades are posted. Potential new members begin by attending events hosted by all sororities and throughout the four rounds, narrows down her preferences and attends fewer sorority events, however potential new members are required to attend every event she is invited to. On the final night of recruitment, potential new members rank their top two sorority choices but will not receive more than one bid for membership. A high percentage of women receive a sorority bid for membership, but there is no guarantee that all women will receive a bid.

Letters of recommendation are NOT required to participate in recruitment. If an alumna of one of the nine national organizations would like to submit a reference form, they can do so by contacting their national office to get the proper form and instructions on how to submit the form. Some chapters encourage letters, but again, they are not required.

If sending a letter/forms to a chapter on campus, you can use the following address:

Chapter Name
Attn: Recruitment Chair
1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1068
St. Louis, MO 63130

If you are interested in joining our community and have questions, please email and we will provide you information about future opportunities.

Fall IFC Recruitment: IFC Fall Recruitment will take place January 15-25. If you are interested in joining, please sign up through WUGO using this link:
The deadline for registering is December 19, 2018 at 5 p.m. There will be a mandatory meeting for all Potential New Members on January 14, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. More details will be e-mailed to you once registered.
Some fraternities and sororities can recruit members in the fall in which non first-year students are eligible to participate, provided the minimum academic requirements have been met. It is important to note that the only opportunity to attend and get to know ALL fraternities and sororities is in January. Fall recruitment is informal and left up to each chapter to plan if they so desire. Typically not all sororities participate in informal recruitment, but if you are an upperclassmen who has questions about women’s informal recruitment options, please contact the Women’s Panhellenic Association at Information about men’s fall recruitment can be found on the InterFraternity Council webpage located under the “Fraternity Life” tab location in the menu bar on the left. ​​​​​Please note, first year students cannot join until their second semester. Just like Formal Fraternity Recruitment, men interested in joining a chapter MUST register prior to receiving a bid from a chapter. At that point in time, the link for the registration site will be posted on this page.
Washington University in St. Louis does not have National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations that are specific to our campus. Many of the organizations have city-wide chapters in which membership is made up from students attending various colleges and universities within St. Louis. While the organizations are not recognized on any one specific campus, Washington University does work with our students in these organizations to aid them in reserving spaces for meetings, intake events, and educational programs. If you have questions or would like more information about any of the city-wide organizations, please contact the chapters using the websites listed by their chapter names.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

For general information about the National Pan-Hellenic Council, please visit​

We are excited to have Alpha Psi Lambda on campus as an official chapter starting this semester, Spring 2018! If you have questions or would like more information about Alpha Psi Lambda, please contact Campus Life so we can help you.


Assistant Director, Fraternity/Sorority Life

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Program Coordinator for Fraternity/Sorority Life

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Program Coordinator for Fraternity/Sorority Life

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