How To Join
There are over 69 sororities and fraternities at Ohio State that are divided into 4 unique councils. You can learn more about the different councils here. Once you have determined which council(s) you are interested in, you can register at go.osu.edu/gogreek to receive more information about how to join that council.
If you have specific questions about the joining process, please contact a member of our staff.
IFC & MCGC-Devin Walker.firstname.lastname@example.org
NPHC & PHA-Hunter Hartwig.email@example.com
Information for Parents
Sending a child to college can be a challenging and stressful time in a parent's life. While at Ohio State, your child will encounter many opportunities to become involved outside of their classroom experience. It is important that you, the parent, be educated about the enriching experience that your son or daughter will find by being involved in a fraternity or sorority at Ohio State.
What is being involved in a fraternity or sorority all about? Knowing what you have seen on television and read in the local newspaper, the reality is that those are extreme cases of fraternity and sorority life. What the media will not tell you as a parent is that there are many life-long benefits to membership in fraternities and sororities. At such a large university like Ohio State, membership in a fraternity or sorority offers a small community of friends away from home. Additionally, national research has shown that involvement in fraternities and sororities increases students' chances of graduating from college and their success after college. As a life-long member of a fraternity or sorority, students are offered the opportunity to develop as leaders, serve the local community, and focus on academics, as well as their careers, by connecting with local alumni members of Greek organizations.
My child is considering joining a fraternity or sorority, what advice should I give them? Since joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment, and there is an expense associated with membership, it should be a joint decision between student and parent. Consider sitting down with your son or daughter and research all of the organizations that are available to join. Utilizing local chapter and national websites are a great, convenient way to gather information. Feel free to contact students who are currently involved and their parents and ask them about their experience. In most cases, both students and parents will speak candidly about their Greek involvement.
As an educated consumer, consider asking the following questions before your child joins a fraternity or sorority:
· What is expected of fraternity/sorority members?
· What leadership opportunities are available to students as both new members and active members?
· Does the chapter perform hands-on community service? If so, how often?
· Does the fraternity or sorority require members to live in the facility (if housing is available)? If so, for how long?
· What is the semester/annual expense associated with membership? How does this vary as a new member?
· What type of member is the chapter looking for?
· What values does this organization promote?
· Is the organization officially recognized by the University? If not, why is this the case?
· What is the time commitment?
· If I view the chapter website, what does it say about the chapter?
1) What is sorority/fraternity membership all about?
Sorority and Fraternity membership is about building lifelong friendships with individuals that share your values and interests. Every organization participates in community service and learns about diversity, and continually educates their members about leading healthier lives and leading with integrity. Joining a fraternity or sorority connects students with countless alumni and offers a career network that often benefits members as they enter into the workforce.
2) How do I know which organization is right for me?
The Ohio State Sorority & Fraternity community is made up of over 67 unique chapters, representing 4 governing councils. The community consists of 4 agricultural-based organizations, 4 engineering groups, 1 co-ed scholar house, and various religious, cultural, and ethnic-based fraternities and sororities. Regardless of its particular area of focus, all of Ohio State’s organizations are devoted to community service & philanthropy, leadership development, and academic excellence.
The best way to find out which organizations is right for you is to attend recruitment events, register for formal recruitment, visit chapter websites, and most importantly, get to know the members. Sorority & Fraternity membership is a lifelong commitment, so it’s important to find the group that’s the best fit for you!
3) How will joining a sorority/fraternity help me after college?
Membership in sororities and fraternities is a great source of professional networking, no matter the profession or industry. 1/3 of the United States House of Representatives; 76% of the U.S. Senate; 85% of Supreme Court Justices since 1910; all but 2 U.S. Presidents since 1825; 85% of Fortune 500 key executives and ALL of the Apollo 11 Astronauts belong to fraternities or sororities.
4) Will I have enough time to be involved in other organizations and maintain good grades if I join a sorority/fraternity?
Many sororities and fraternities at Ohio State have minimum standards requiring members to be involved “outside” of their organizations. Often times, these requirements are even accompanied by community service hours requirements.
For the last 36 consecutive terms, the fraternity & sorority community grade point average has been above the all-undergraduate average. Sorority and fraternity men and women consistently surpass their non-Greek counterparts academically, and in the number of leadership roles held on campus. Additionally, many groups offer academic programs to assist members in setting academic & professional goals and assist members in improving study skills.
5) Do I have to live in the sorority/fraternity house in order to join?
No. Actually, of the 67 sorority and fraternity organizations on campus, only about 40 of them have chapter facilities. Some organizations may require their members to live in the chapter house, but this requirement varies by organization.
For the organizations that do have facilities, they are often significantly less expensive than the cost of living in university housing. Costs vary by organizations depending on the services offered (i.e. meals, insurance, social dues, national programs and dues, etc.).
6) What do chapters look for when recruiting members?
Before being considered for membership in any sorority or fraternity organization, every student must have completed at least 12 credit hours earned through regular course enrollment at OSU or a previous institution that are fully matriculated and have good academic standing with the university (a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, no exceptions) are eligible for participation in Formal Membership Recruitment. Earned credit hours through advanced placement credit and credit by examination do not count towards the 12 credit hours needed to be eligible for recruitment. Students transferring from other institutions, will only have their previous institution’s grades considered for eligibility only if they are participating in recruitment during their first semester at OSU. If a transfer student is participating in recruitment and have grades from OSU then those are the grades that will be used during recruitment. For eligibility, cumulative GPA will be based on the GPA information that is available in the Student Information System (SIS) through the OSU Registrar.
Women that are interested in participating in the Panhellenic Formal Recruitment will have until Tuesday January 10th, 2017 at noon to notify the PHA Recruitment Advisor of any grade changes request grade changes from the registrar. Documentation from an OSU academic faculty or staff member (ie. Academic Advisor, College Chair, professor, etc) must also be provided with the notification of the grade change and must also reflect the updated cumulative GPA.
A few areas that chapters will often take into considerations include:
Letters of recommendation
This list is not exhaustive. Check out specific group’s websites for more information on membership requirements.
7) If my parents weren’t in sororities/fraternities, will this affect me?
No organization in the Ohio State sorority and fraternity community requires that you be related to another member of a fraternity and/or sorority. If a student has a family member that is a member of an organization, many groups refer to these individuals as “legacies”. Organizations are primarily concerned with academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and personal character above all else.
8) What is the new member process?
The new member process is simply the time between being a given a “bid” or “invitation to join” and the point of initiation. During this period, new members often learn more in-depth information about the organization they are about to join through a formal new member education curriculum.
9) How do I join a sorority/fraternity?
Sorority and fraternity recruitment takes place all year long. For Panhellenic sororities, formal recruitment occurs during the beginning of spring semester. Freshmen students may join an organization after obtaining 2.5 GPA and earning 12 university credit hours.
If you have any idea of which organization you would be interested in joining, contact their recruitment chair; chapters often list their recruitment officer and their contact information on their websites. For more information about sorority & fraternity recruitment, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about specific recruitment efforts, register at go.osu.edu/gogreek
10) What are the university requirements to join a sorority/fraternity?
In 2001, the university implemented the deferred joining policy which requires prospective members to obtain a 2.5 minimum semesterly and cumulative GPA and earn 12 university credit hours before joining a sorority or fraternity. This requirement allows first-semester students to adapt to the academic and social environments of Ohio State, as well as learn to manage their time effectively before joining. More importantly, this allows organizations to evaluate a potential new member’s academic performance before giving an invitation to join. Some councils also require additional education in the form of an information session or class.
11) Whom should I contact if I am interested in joining a specific organization?
Each organization has an officer devoted to recruitment. This person, often referred to as the “recruitment chair” can answer questions specific to the organization, their membership requirements, time commitments, and costs to join. Check out the chapter’s website to learn more about their specific membership requirements.
12) What if I do not drink, does that matter?
Drinking is neither required nor promoted by the sorority and fraternity community. Although social events involving alcohol do occur, they are not the central focus of any organization. Students that consume alcohol under the age of 21 jeopardize their fraternity/sorority membership, and open themselves to disciplinary action under the Ohio State Student Code of Conduct and state laws.
13) Will I be hazed?
Hazing is against the law in the state of Ohio and is an offense under the Student Code of Conduct that may jeopardize a student’s enrollment if found guilty of hazing. Any person that knows or suspects that someone is being hazed, should contact Sorority & Fraternity Life immediately. Ohio State has a zero tolerance policy for any organizations participating in this type of behavior.
“Hazing” refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate.