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Recruitment Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in fraternity or sorority recruitment activities, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have earned at least 14 credit hours at Penn State; or earned 27 transfer credits; or be considered an Adult Learner
    • AP, dual enrollment, and transfer credits do not apply
  • Have a 2.50 cumulative Penn State GPA*
  • Not have conduct probation with a transcript notation at the time of recruitment or intake 
  • Not be suspended or expelled at the time of recruitment or intake.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Participate in an online information session sponsored by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life

*In light of on-going challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Faculty Senate reimplemented the opt-in alternative grading system for the Spring 2021 semester. While students may choose to opt-in for alternative grading for fall 2020, students planning to participate in recruitment must still meet the 2.5 cumulative Penn State GPA requirement to be eligible for participation.

Recruitment information links:

Financial Obligations

Like any opportunity for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority.

Chapter Fees

Fees differ among individual chapters. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester than in subsequent ones. The fees go toward the Inter/Nationals, chapter operating expenses, and social functions. Additional costs throughout the semester will go toward chapter meal plans, pictures, gifts, t-shirts, etc.  Ask about the financial obligations of membership during the recruitment process.

University Fees

The University instituted a semesterly Greek membership fee. This fee will be charged to your bursar account each semester you are a member of a Greek organization. The fee is $90 for Interfraternity & Panhellenic Council members and $30 for Multicultural Greek & National Pan-Hellenic Council members. The fee goes toward increased safety initiatives and resources as well as educational activities.

Fraternity and Sorority Housing

Students considering joining a fraternity/sorority that has a floor on campus or off-campus facility should expect to live on the floor/in the facility at least during their first year of membership.