Joining a Fraternity or Sorority

There are many benefits to becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority. Members are helped to succeed academically through GPA requirements. Philanthropy and collaboration create opportunities for members to reach out to the community. Finally, through social activities, personal connections, and events, members are able to create an atmosphere of brotherhood/sisterhood and network personally and professionally.

How to Join

If you are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, there are several general requirements. Specific fraternities or sororoties may have additional standards, like a higher GPA requirement, for example.

You're eligible to join a fraternity or sorority at LC if:

  • You are a high school graduate
  • You've completed 12 hours of college credit (this is "deferred recruitment," meaning you've completed a semester of college - first-year students wait until the spring semester of their first year)
  • You maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Recruitment

Recruitment is when you get to find out more about the fraternities and sororities. The recruitment period varies among the fraternities and sororities and their governing councils.

The Interfraternity Council hosts an orientation event before the recruitment period begins, offering all chapters within IFC the opportunity to share information regarding their process, fraternity, and membership. During the week of recruitment, each chapter holds their own events for prospective members. Then, chapters hold their own invitation-only events for prospective members. The following day, chapters hand out membership bids. If you receive a bid, you have the opportunity to accept, defer, or decline membership.

The Panhellenic Council hosts open house events prior to the recruitment period, giving chapters a chance to showcase themselves and prospective members a chance to learn about the chapters. During the week of recruitment, interested women must attend events hosted by each sorority. Then membership bids are formally offered. If you receive a bid, you may choose to accept, defer, or decline membership.

The National Pan-hellenic Council conducts a Membership Intake process. This usually opens with an event hosted by each fraternity and sorority to provide information to interested students. Membership information specific to each fraternity and sorority is provided at these events. Once you choose a chapter and make an application, there is a more formal period for intake.

Hazing Information

Lynchburg College expects all student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, to encourage an atmosphere of learning, social responsibility, and respect for human dignity and to provide constructive development opportunities for members and aspiring members.

The College upholds a firm policy against hazing and any other situation or event in which students or others are in danger of harm.

Greek Life FAQs

Do I have to live in the fraternity/sorority house after I join?

You are not required to live in the fraternity/sorority house as a member; the house is simply another option for you. You may still live in an on-campus residence hall or commute from off campus.

Does entering a fraternity/sorority affect my grades?  Am I expected to maintain a certain GPA?

You'll need to balance the time you devote to your fraternity or sorority with academics and other commitments like athletics or a job. Fraternities and sororities are committed to maintaining academic excellence, and each chapter holds their own standards for GPA levels. To learn about any chapter's GPA requirements, contact the Office of Student Activities or a member of that chapter.

What are the requirements around community service?  Do I have to take part in my fraternity or sorority's philanthropy?

Lynchburg College's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life requires that members complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service. Chapters may hold higher standards for community service and may require philanthropy involvement as well.

Are there costs associated with entering a fraternity or sorority?

Yes, there are costs for members of fraternities and sororities. These costs include membership dues and insurance. For many fraternities and sororities, the cost for first-time members are different as well. These costs also vary for each fraternity/sorority. For more information on costs, contact an officer of the fraternity/sorority you are interested in.