The mission of USC Student Affairs 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.