Joining a Fraternity or Sorority

The sorority and fraternity community at Washington University in St. Louis is comprised of 25 chapters within four different entities, often called councils: Alpha Psi Lambda (a co-ed Latinx Fraternity), the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA). More information on how to join organizations within these entities, as well as requirements for eligibility, are listed below.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for membership within any sorority or fraternity at Washington University, students must be:

  • Enrolled in 12 hours as an undergraduate student at Washington University during the semester student goes through recruitment. Graduate and professional students are not permitted to join a fraternity or sorority at Washington University.  

  •  Earned 12 credit hours in most recent semester of enrollment. Hours earned at Washington University or transfer credits from another higher education institution count towards these 12 hours. High school Advanced Placement credit does not count for these 12 hours.  

  • Earned a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, and a 2.5 grade point average in most recent semester of enrollment

  • 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

 

Alpha Psi Lambda Membership Intake

Introduced to WashU in the Spring of 2018, Alpha Psi Lambda has achieved many accomplishments locally and nationally in its short establishment. In just one year, the WashU chapter of Alpha Psi Lambda stands as the largest in the nation and was named Chapter of the Year at the 2019 Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards. The organization continues to empower minority communities to challenge the administration by vocalizing their concerns and standing for recognition.

The chapter hosts an intake process each semester. If you are interested in joining the Alpha Mu chapter of Alpha Psi Lambda, please contact apsialphamu@gmail.com

Interfraternity Council (IFC) Recruitment – 

Interfraternity Council (IFC) Recruitment processes occur in the fall and spring once classes have begun. Spring 2020 dates are January 14-22. To register, please fill out this WUGO form. You must register prior to the beginning of the recruitment process to be eligible to participate. IFC Chapters will host an Open House on November 23, 2019. Times are TBA.  

OPEN HOUSE NIGHT

All chapters will host an open house to kick off 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. Visiting more chapters increases your chance of receiving a bid. 

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. Visiting more chapters increases your chance of receiving a bid. 

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 wish to accept.

 

Prior to receiving bids, men who did not meet the minimum academic or judicial requirements will be notified. Interested men will find posters around campus, which indicate when and where each fraternity is hosting Recruitment events over the three-week period. Men will pick and choose the events they wish to attend until the end of Recruitment. There is a 6 hour no-contact period to give the potential new member some time to make his decision. Bid acceptance day takes place the day after bid extension and this is when the potential new member accepts his bid to one fraternity.

Sophomore and Transfer Students 

Some fraternities and sororities can recruit members in the fall in which non first-year students are eligible to participate, provided the minimum eligibility 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.  Information about men’s fall recruitment can be found on the Interfraternity Council ​​​​​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.

For more information about IFC Recruitment, please contact Molly Bennett at molly.bennett@wustl.edu

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Membership Intake

Washington University is home to both campus-based as well as city-wide chapters of National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities. The National Pan-Hellenic Council is also known widely as the Divine Nine. Currently, Washington University has students involved in many of the city-wide chapters, and is home to one campus-based NPHC fraternity, the Iota Kappa Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. A city-wide chapter is a chapter whose membership is comprised of students attending various colleges and universities within the St. Louis region. Campus Life and Washington University work with city-wide NPHC chapters to aid them in reserving spaces for chapter meetings, intake meetings, and educational programs.

The process of joining an NPHC chapter is called membership intake. Membership intake processes are facilitated by each individual chapter, and intake processes are not guaranteed to occur during any particular semester, as the decision to conduct an intake process is made by individual chapters. If you have questions or would like more information about NPHC organizations, please visit the websites of the individual organizations, which are linked below. Most chapters also have a strong social media presence, which can be a great source of information about upcoming events held by each chapter.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

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

Women’s Panhellenic Association Primary Recruitment

In January each year, our nine Panhellenic Association sororities begin their recruitment process prior to classes beginning for the spring semester. Potential new members should plan to return to campus no later than 5 p.m. on January 6, 2020. Students must register to participate in recruitment and pay the registration fee by December 1, 2019.

2020 Primary Panhellenic Recruitment Schedule:

  • January 4, 2020: Current members of chapters can begin moving back into their residence halls.
  • January 6, 2020: Recruitment Kick-Off. On this night, women will meet with their recruitment counselor groups and will attend a mandatory meeting. Dinner will be provided. Potential new members need to return to campus no later than 5 p.m. on this day.
  • January 7-8, 2020: Arete Round. Potential new members will visit all nine Women’s Panhellenic Association chapters during this round. 
  • January 9, 2020: Philanthropy Round. Potential new members will be invited back to a maximum of seven chapters on this day.
  • January 10, 2020: Sisterhood Round. Women will be invited back to a maximum of five chapters on this day.
  • January 11, 2020: Preference Round. Women will be invited back to a maximum of two chapters on this day.
  • January 12, 2020: Bid Day. Bids, or chapter invitations, will be distributed in Graham Chapel in the morning on January 12. The Women’s Panhellenic Association hosts a short ceremony, and chapter bid day activities will occur immediately following, from 12–5 p.m. that afternoon.

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 during the recruitment process.

If a student is not eligible for membership because of grades or conduct reasons, a staff member from Campus Life will contact that student over winter break once fall semester grades are posted. 

Potential new members will not receive more than one bid for membership during the primary recruitment process. A high percentage of students participating receive a bid for membership, but there is no guarantee that all participants will receive a bid. Campus Life encourages students to participate in the recruitment process with an open mind toward all chapters.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are NOT required to participate in formal recruitment. If an alumna would like to submit a reference form, they can do so by contacting their organization’s headquarters to get proper instructions. If sending a letter/forms to a chapter on campus, you can use the following address:

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

If you are interested in joining our community and have questions, please email hana.johnson@wustl.edu.