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
- have completed at least 12 credit hours
- be a currently enrolled full-time undergraduate student
- have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- and be in good judicial standing with the University
- not being in good judicial standing can include repeated alcohol violations, drug possession or distribution, incidents of violence, etc.
In January each year, sorority recruitment starts prior to classes beginning. This requires that potential new members 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):
- Active sorority women can begin moving back into their rooms.
- 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 Residents Life Office as the Women’s Panhellenic Association 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.
- Round 1 of Formal Recruitment – Arete Round. Women will visit all nine chapters.
- Round 2 of Formal Recruitment – Philanthropy Round. Women will be invited back to a MAXIMUM of seven chapters on this day. Schedules are not created until – Round 2 of Formal Recruitment – Philanthropy Round. Women will be invited back to a maximum of six chapters on this day.
- Round 3 of Formal Recruitment – Sisterhood Round. Women will be invited back to a MAXIMUM of five chapters on this day.
- 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 formal or informal recruitment. If an alumni 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you information about future opportunities.
Open Recruitment Events: Each chapter will host up to two Open Events. All students interested in that chapter are encouraged to attend these open events.
Closed Recruitment Events: Each chapter will host a series of Closed Events. These events are by invitation only. These are to allow chapters to get to know potential members more personally.
Fraternity Bid Extension/Acceptance: This is the process in which chapters offer a bid, invitation for membership, to students who they are interested in joining their chapter. Students who receive more than one bid will be able to choose the one bid they accept.
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.