Fraternity & Sorority Membership Eligibility

Part of your undergraduate journey is seeking and participating in involvement opportunities to enrich your Trojan experience. It is great to hear you are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority at the University of Southern California!

The USC Division of Student Affairs is committed to student well-being and safety while creating an environment where students thrive. From this commitment came the opportunity to provide incoming freshman students time to acclimate to college life and the community. In doing so, Dr. Ainsley Carry, Vice President for Student Affairs, provided this message in September 2017 to the USC community regarding eligibility in joining a fraternity or sorority.

Beginning fall 2018, students interested in joining a fraternity or sorority must have completed a minimum of 12 academic units at USC and earn a minimum USC grade point average of 2.50. A second message from Dr. Carry clarified transfer students are eligible after completing one academic year of college coursework, post high school graduation. Verification of eligibility is through students accessing an online portal and submitting their USC ID. Status is determined based on the information available in the university  records.

With the policy beginning in fall 2018, additional information is offered for students to consider when exploring ways to be engaged at USC. The Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Development team offered the below letter and infographics on Interfraternity Council Recruitment and Panhellenic Council Recruitment.

USC Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment and Intake 2018-2019 Overview Letter

USC Panhellenic Recruitment 2018-2019

2018 – 2019 IFC Recruitment Overview Flyer

USC Fraternity & Sorority Recruitment & Intake 2018-2019 (all three above combined)

This webpage serves as a resourceful access point for information regarding the new policy, implementation, and future recruitment and intake dates.

 

Eligibility Verification Link (If eligible, IFC and Panhellenic registration link is provided in on-screen results)

Please Note: transfer student information may not be updated in USC records until after June 1, 2018. Attempting to verify eligibility before June 1 could result in a not eligible response with the online verifier. It is encouraged for new transfer students to wait until after June 1, 2018. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Information Links:

Updates and information will be added on a continuous basis. The Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Development team can be reached at USCFSLD@usc.edu (213) 821-1639.

 

Clarifying Questions

Spring Admits

Based on university classification, spring admits are considered freshmen, therefore are eligible to join after completing 12 units at USC and earning a 2.50 GPA at USC. Courses or activities in the summer or fall term before beginning classes at USC in the spring semester are not part of the required units or GPA. For example, a spring 2019 admit can join a fraternity or sorority beginning fall 2019.

Please note, recruitment and intake dates and chapter eligibility for 2019-2020 will be different than  2018-2019. One community change to highlight is the Panhellenic Council. Beginning 2019-2020, Panhellenic Council will hold their formal recruitment with all chapters in spring 2020 only. In fall 2019, chapters eligible based on community total will participate in in-formal recruitment.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are eligible after completing one academic year of college coursework, post high school graduation. Based on university transfer processes, if a student is admitted as a transfer student and has a transfer student classification, the student is eligible to join a fraternity or sorority the first semester they begin coursework at USC. For example, if a student is admitted as a transfer student in fall 2018, the student is eligible to join a fraternity or sorority beginning fall 2018.

 

Verification Process

USC IT has built an online verification process. Interested students will click here (link available in mid-April 2018) to submit their USC ID to begin the verification process.

The online verification process accesses the university advising database to identify the student status, units, and GPA. After clicking “Submit” of the student ID, the student will receive one of the following messages: not eligible based on units, not eligible based on GPA, not eligible based on GPA and units, or eligible.

When a student is eligible, they will identify the council in which they are interested and be re-directed to either recruitment and intake informational dates or formal recruitment registration.

Please note: The Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Development team is unable to update student academic records, including GPA or units.

 

Council Information Sessions

Each semester there are council information sessions for students to learn more about recruitment and intake processes, dates, and membership expectations. Students currently enrolled at USC who are or not yet eligible are welcome to join the information sessions. Dates for information sessions can be found on the Join section of the Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Development website.