The mission of USC Student Life is to strengthen a culture driven by student well-being.

From this commitment came the opportunity to provide incoming freshman students time to acclimate to college life and the community. 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. Transfer students are eligible after completing one academic year of college coursework, post high school graduation.

This requirement allows first-year students time to acclimate to college socially and academically prior to engaging in a lengthy recruitment. Research has also shown that with with eligibility requirements in place, students engage in fewer risky behaviors and are more successful academically and socially. The policy was upheld by the California Court of Appeal in 2022 (Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority v. Univ. of S. Cal., No. B309916 (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 25, 2022)) and similar policies are in place at several peer institutions.

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.

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

Check your eligibility

The online verification process accesses the university advising database to identify the student status, units, and GPA. After clicking submit, you will receive an onscreen message and automated email to your USC email address regarding your eligibility. If you are eligible, you scroll on the on-screen results to click the link of the council you are interested and follow that council's recruitment and intake process instructions.

View active chapters and council information, chapter judicial information and recruitment and intake dates.

If eligible, IFC and Panhellenic online registration link is provided in on-screen results.

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

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Additional Information

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