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. This webpage serves as a resourceful access point for information regarding the new policy, implementation, and future recruitment and intake dates. Information for 2019-2020 coming soon.

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

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, spring admits are eligible to join after completing 12 units at USC and earning a 2.50 GPA at USC. For example, a spring 2020 admit can join a fraternity or sorority beginning fall 2020.

Courses or activities in the summer or fall term prior to beginning classes at USC in the spring semester are not part of the required units or GPA, including college credits earned in high school.

Please note, recruitment and intake dates and chapter eligibility for 2019-2020 will be different than  2018-2019. Dates for 2019-2020 will be available end of spring 2019.

One community change to highlight is the Panhellenic Council. Beginning 2019-2020, Panhellenic Council will hold formal recruitment with all chapters in spring 2020 only (which used to be held in fall semester). In fall 2019, chapters eligible based on community membership total will participate in informal recruitment, which is determined when classes start in fall 2019. This means not all Panhellenic chapters will be eligible to extend membership invitations in fall 2019.

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 2019, the student is eligible to join a fraternity or sorority beginning fall 2019.

 

Verification Process

USC IT has built an online verification process. Interested students will click above 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.