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