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How To Join a Fraternity or Sorority

At UMSL, the recruitment process for each of our three councils is as unique as the organizations they govern. Recruitment refers broadly to the process and potential opportunities made available to a student that is seeking membership in one of the Greek-lettered organizations supported by the Office of Student Involvement. To learn more about each council click here. 

Council Specific Recruitment Info

IFC chapters host their own recruitment events throughout the first several weeks of the semester. There are a variety of events such as watching a baseball game, playing basketball at the rec center, or barbecuing at the house. No matter what, the events are designed to give potential new members and chapter members a chance to get to know each other and decide if membership is right for you.


If you are interested in joining an IFC fraternity, here are some things to ask current members:

  • Why did you pick the fraternity you are in?
  • What are the financial obligations to the fraternity?
  • What are the grade expectations of the fraternity?
  • What is the fraternity's philanthropy?
  • What is the time commitment of new members to the fraternity?
  • Are men of the fraternity involved in other campus organizations? If so, what kind of organizations do they belong to?
  • What types of community service activities has your fraternity been a part of?
  • What values are important to your organization?
  • What is your new member education/orientation program like? What is its purpose?
  • How will your organization help prepare me for graduation and life after college?
  • What makes your chapter unique?


IFC Recruitment Eligibility Requirements:

To participate in IFC Recruitment, the following minimum requirements must be satisfied:  

  • Be an UMSL student enrolled in at least than 6 credit hours 
  • Possess a cumulative UMSL G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher
  • Must be in good standing with UMSL, Office of Student Involvement and Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Must register with the Office of Student Involvement via this form

Each Potential New Member is entitled to the following rights:

  • Each Potential New Member shall reserve the right to accept or decline any bid at any time without any penalty or pressure placed upon the Potential New Member.
  • Each Potential New Member shall participate in recruitment events and activities that adhere to the following policies of IFC:
    • Values-based;
    • Alcohol-free and illegal substance-free;
    • Generally in good taste;
    • Not derogatory, degrading, or slanderous
  • No Member Fraternity shall initiate communication with a New Member or Member of another Member Fraternity about disassociation / de-pledging in order to become a New Member or Member of their own Member Fraternity.

Unlike the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils, MGC chapters recruit through a process known as membership intake. The chapter will usually host a rush or informational for their respective organizations. Interested men and women use this opportunity to express their interest in a particular organization. Prospective members are selected by the organization and invited to be a candidate for membership. Once invited for membership, a person will participate in the membership intake process and learn about the organization history and national programs/initiatives.


Questions? Contact the Office of Student Involvement (366 Millennium Student Center or 314-516-5291)

  • Chapters:
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

We are extremely excited that you are interested in joining one of our three Panhellenic sororities! Panhellenic sororities have a formal recruitment period at the beginning of each Fall semester. Although it may feel early to think about getting involved in a sorority, or student organizations in general, getting involved early can help students be more successful inside and outside the classroom. We strongly encourage you to make the most of your time at UMSL and joining a sorority can be one of the best decisions you will make! More information about Sorority Recruitment is listed below. If you have any other questions you can contact the Office of Student Involvement at (314) 516-5291.


There are three different rounds to Sorority Recruitment which are all required:

Sisterhood Round (September 7th)

During these events you will have the opportunity to learn more about each chapter. This event is casual, you can wear the Recruitment t-shirt you get after registration. 

  • Friday, September 7th: 5pm - 10pm (actual times may vary)
Philanthropy Round (September 8th)

This round will give you another chance to get to know the sororities on a more personal level. Attire for this round is "UMSL Sprite." You can wear UMSL gear, red, yellow - whatever you feel the most confident in! Each event is scheduled and only open to those who receive invitations. Attendance at all invitation events to which you are invited is mandatory to be eligible for membership. We will attempt to work around class schedules and campus conflicts but work is not an excuse. If you have any questions, contact the College Panhellenic Council at After attending the events you are invited to, you will choose up to which two sororities you would like to visit for the Preference event held on Friday.

  • Satruday, September 8th: 1pm - 6:30pm (actual times may vary)
Preference Round (September 9th)

This round is more formal and structured than the previous nights. This is the last chance you have to talk with the chapters, so be sure to address any questions you may still have. Attire for this night is "look nice" - meaning, a summer dress, some nice slacks and blouse, a skirt, etc. Each event is scheduled and only open to those who receive invitations. Attendance at all Preference Night events to which you are invited is mandatory to be eligible for membership. We will attempt to work around class schedules and campus conflicts but work is not an excuse. If you have any questions, contact the College Panhellenic Council at After attending the events you were invited to, you will fill out a Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement within one half hour and once it is submitted no changes can be made.

  • Sunday, September 9th: 11am - 3:30pm (actual times may vary)


Bid Day!

Today is the day that bids are handed out! You will also find out to which chapters your recruitment counselors and Panhellenic Executives belong. Chapters will have shirts to hand out to new members so wear something you can easily slip a t-shirt over. Be prepared to spend the evening bonding with your new sisters! Sometimes chapters stay on campus, other times they travel to a local park or museum to celebrate their newest sisters and the return of their members from Panhellenic and Recruitment Counselors! Either way, Bid Day is a fun celebration and marks the first day of your membership as a sorority woman!

  • Monday, September 10th: 6:30pm

All of our recruitment methods are mutual selections processes: the men and women decide which organization they would like to join and the chapters decide which individuals they will invite for membership. Although participating in any of the three processes does not guarantee membership in a fraternity/sorority, you will undoubtedly meet many new and distinctive people. If you do join a fraternity or sorority you will be a part of an active community with bonds that last a lifetime.