Joining a Sorority or Fraternity

The sorority and fraternity community at Washington University in St. Louis is comprised of 29 chapters within four different entities, often called councils: National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc., (NALFO), the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA). View the 2020-2021 Sorority and Fraternity Life Report.

All students interested in participating in a Sorority or Fraternity Life experience are asked to complete the Sorority and Fraternity Life Interest Form on WUGO.

For more information, please contact James McLendon, Assistant Director for Campus Life or call 314-935-3443.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently Enrolled at WashU
  • At least 12 hours as an undergraduate during the semester student goes through recruitment/intake
  • Earned 12 Credit Hours Most recent semester of enrollment (hours earned at WashU/ transfer credits from another higher education institution count. High school Advanced Placement credit does not)
  • 2.5 Grade Point Average–A 2.5 grade point average cumulative and most recent semester of enrollment Student Conduct Check- Past Two Semesters Not found responsible for one or any combination of the following violations within the past two semesters:
    (1) Drugs (possession, use, distribution)
    (2) Repeated Alcohol policy violations
    (3) Usage and/or possession of false identification – three or more instances
    (4) Vandalism Student Conduct Check- Tenure Student must not be found responsible for any of the following violations during their tenure at the University:
    • (1) Repeated violations of Academic Integrity policies
    • (2) Assault and/or other issues of violence Additional Steps Some international organizations may require application form and other paperwork

National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc., (NALFO)

Established in 1998, NALFO is an umbrella coalition to 16 fraternities and sororities who share in the commitment and fraternal values for empowering Latino and underserved communities. View more information on NALFO.

Since Spring of 2018, WashU has been home to Alpha Psi Lambda, National Inc. Alpha Mu Chapter. Alpha Psi Lambda, National Inc. is a part of the United Greek Council (UGC). The Alpha Mu chapter hosts an intake process each semester. If you are interested in joining the Alpha Mu chapter of Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc., contact Alpha Psi Lambda Alpha Mu chapter.

View more information about Alpha Psi Lambda, National Inc.

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

The Washington University Interfraternity Council (IFC) serves as the governing body for the eleven men’s social fraternities at WashU. The IFC has nine executive board members who are elected by chapter presidents each year. Fraternity chapter presidents and representatives make up the full body of the Council, which aims to address the concerns and needs of member fraternities. Our vision is to uphold faithfully the ideals and beliefs of our predecessors to create a unified community of fraternity gentlemen full of values in scholarship, philanthropy, athletics, and leadership.

Spring 2022 recruitment events will be Monday, January 24-Friday, February 4.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

Washington University is home to both campus-based as well as city-wide chapters of National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities and sororities. The National Pan-Hellenic Council is also known widely as the Divine Nine. A city-wide chapter is a chapter whose membership is comprised of students attending various colleges and universities within the St. Louis region. Currently, WashU is home to two chartered based chapters and seven city-wide chapters. Washington University has students are eligible to participate in chapter in good standing.

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.

Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA)

The purpose of Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA) is to support seven women’s organizations and infraternity relations at a high level of accomplishment and in doing so: (1) Consider the goals and ideals of the member groups as continually applicable to campus and personal life. (2) Further refine intellectual accomplishment and sound scholarship. (3) Cooperate with member sororities and the university administration in the maintenance of high social and moral standards. (4) Act in accordance with the National Panhellenic Conference unanimous agreements and policies. (5) Act in accordance with rules established by the WPA so as not to violate the sovereignty, rights and privileges of member sororities.

Spring 2022 recruitment will begin with open houses on Saturday, January 29- Sunday, January 30. Primary Recruitment will occur Friday, February 4- Sunday, February 6 with Bid day on Monday, February 7.

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