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.
- Monday January 8, 2018 – Active sorority women can begin moving back into their rooms.
- Wednesday January 10, 2018 – Women participating in recruitment need to return by 5pm 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.
- Wednesday January 10, 2018 – Welcome dinner for women participating in recruitment in the DUC followed by a mandatory meeting.
- Thursday January 11, 2018 – Round 1 of Formal Recruitment – Arete Round. Women will visit all 9 chapters.
- Friday January 12, 2018 – Round 2 of Formal Recruitment – Philanthropy Round. Women will be invited back to a MAXIMUM of 7 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 6 chapters on this day. Schedules are not created until Friday Morning night. Women will get their schedules first thing night. Women will get their schedules first thing upon arriving Friday morning.
- Saturday January 13, 2018 – Round 3 of Formal Recruitment – Sisterhood Round. Women will be invited back to a MAXIMUM of 5 chapters on this day. Schedules will not be available until Saturday morning.
- Sunday January 14, 2018 – Round 4 of Formal Recruitment – Preference Round. Women will be invited back to a MAXIMUM of 2 chapters on this day. Schedules will not be available until Sunday morning.
- Monday January 15, 2018 – 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 12pm-5pm that afternoon.
Once registered, potential new members will be assigned to a Recruitment Counselor, or Rho Chi, 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 judicial 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.
- $100 Early-Bird Registration Fee Sept 1 – Oct 31
- $125 Regular Registration Fee Nov 1-30th.
Registration Will Open September 1st and closes on December 1st.
Open House Night: Wednesday January 17th All chapters will host an open house to kick of Spring Recruitment. Students are encouraged to visit as many chapters as they are interested to learn more about the individual recruitment events each chapter is holding
Open Recruitment Events: January 18th-21st 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: January 22nd-25th 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: January 26th/27th 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.