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At UMSL, the recruitment process for each of our three councils is as unique as the organizations they govern. Recruitment refers broadly to the process and potential opportunities made available to a student that is seeking membership in one of the Greek-lettered organizations supported by the Office of Student Involvement.
Are you a transfer student? Joining a sorority or fraternity gives you the opportunity to meet a huge amount of like-minded people that you can truly count on. To learn more about how you can incorporate Greek Life into your college experience as a transfer student - click the button below!
Council Specific Recruitment Info
IFC chapters host their own recruitment events throughout the first several weeks of the semester. There are a variety of events such as watching a baseball game, playing basketball at the RWC, or barbecuing with the members. No matter what, the events are designed to give potential new members and chapter members a chance to get to know each other and decide if membership is right for you.FRATERNITY INTEREST FORM
If you are interested in joining an IFC fraternity, here are some things to ask current members:
- Why did you pick the fraternity you are in?
- What are the financial obligations to the fraternity?
- What are the grade expectations of the fraternity?
- What is the fraternity's philanthropy?
- What is the time commitment of new members to the fraternity?
- Are men of the fraternity involved in other campus organizations? If so, what kind of organizations do they belong to?
- What types of community service activities has your fraternity been a part of?
- What values are important to your organization?
- What is your new member education/orientation program like? What is its purpose?
- How will your organization help prepare me for graduation and life after college?
- What makes your chapter unique?
Recognized IFC Fraternities
There is ONE recognized IFC fraternity on UMSL's campus. If a group is contacting you that is not on this list - they are NOT recognized by the University. Please contact the Coordinator of Student Organizations & Fraternity and Sorority Life if you have questions (firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.516.4412)
- Sigma Tau Gamma (Gamma Theta chapter)
- Instagram: @sigtaugammatheta
IFC Recruitment Eligibility Requirements:
To participate in IFC Recruitment, the following minimum requirements must be satisfied:
- Be an UMSL student enrolled in at least 6 credit hours
- Possess a cumulative UMSL G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher
- Must be in good standing with UMSL, Office of Student Involvement, and Fraternity & Sorority Life
Each Potential New Member is entitled to the following rights:
- Each Potential New Member shall reserve the right to accept or decline any bid at any time without any penalty or pressure placed upon the Potential New Member.
- Each Potential New Member shall participate in recruitment events and activities that adhere to the following policies of IFC:
- Alcohol-free and illegal substance-free;
- Generally in good taste;
- Not derogatory, degrading, or slanderous
- No Member Fraternity shall initiate communication with a New Member or Member of another Member Fraternity about disassociation / de-pledging in order to become a New Member or Member of their own Member Fraternity.
What is a "Bid," and how does that all work?
This is an important part of the fraternity vocabulary. The short answer is a "bid" is an invitation to membership in a fraternity. The term bid is most often used to describe a piece of paper from the chapter that formally invites a man to join the organization.
Once you've visited the fraternities you are considering and those groups have had a chance to determine their membership selections - you may be extended an invitation of membership (also known as a bid). There are a few things to keep in mind regarding "bids."
There is the possibility that you could be extended bids from multiple organizations, depending on the mutual selection process of the groups.
Once you sign a bid - that is the chapter you are committing to and are therefore somewhat "off the table" to be pursued by other groups.
You are not required to sign a bid immediately after being extended the invitation of membership. Please take your time when deciding what group’s membership makes the most sense for you.
It is strongly recommended that you take time to learn about the chapters on our campus and make an informed decision about which fraternity is right for you.
Panhellenic sororities have a formal recruitment period at the beginning of each Fall semester. Although it may feel early to think about getting involved in a sorority, or student organizations in general, getting involved early can help students be more successful inside and outside the classroom. We strongly encourage you to make the most of your time at UMSL and joining a sorority can be one of the best decisions you will make!
If you have any other questions you can contact the Office of Student Involvement at (314) 516-5291.
If you are interested in the possibility of joining a sorority, but it is not during the formal recruitment period (beginning of the fall semester), feel free to fill out a Sorority Interest Form, and someone will be reaching out to you shortly!
Recognized Panhellenic Sororities
There are THREE recognized Panhellenic Sororities on UMSL's campus. If a group is contacting you that is not on this list - they are NOT recognized by the University. Please contact the Coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Life if you have questions (email@example.com or 314.516.4412)
- Alpha Xi Delta (Epsilon Xi chapter)
- Instagram: @axid_umsl
- Delta Zeta (Iota Xi chapter)
- Zeta Tau Alpha (Theta Kappa chapter)
- Instagram: @umslzta
Unlike the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils, MGC chapters recruit through a process known as membership intake. The chapter will usually host a rush or informational meeting for their respective organizations. Interested men and women use this opportunity to express their interest in a particular organization. Prospective members are selected by the organization and invited to be a candidate for membership. Once invited for membership, a person will participate in the membership intake process and learn about the organization's history and national programs/initiatives.
Chapters that are options for UMSL students:
The national organizations below are the only groups currently recognized by UMSL. Any other organization, not on this list, should not be pursued. Please contact the Coordinator of Student Organizations & Fraternity and Sorority Life if you have questions (firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.516.4412). If you are interested in receiving more about the specific organizations in the Saint Louis area, please contact them on social media!
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Alpha Eta Chapter
- Instagram: @alphaeta42
- Email: email@example.com
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Beta Delta Chapter
- Instagram: @betadeltastl
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Alpha Omega Chapter
- Instagram: @dstaq1936
- Email: email@example.com
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. - Beta Nu Chapter
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Omicron Sigma Chapter
- Instagram: @osig_ques
- Email: email@example.com
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. - Pi Mu Chapter (UMSL chartered)
- Instagram: @pimu_sgrho1922
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. - Zeta Phi Chapter
- Instagram: @stl_iotas
- Email: email@example.com
All of our recruitment methods are mutual selection processes; meaning men and women decide which organization they would like to join and the chapters decide which individuals they will invite for membership. Although participating in any of the three processes does not guarantee membership in a fraternity/sorority, you will undoubtedly meet many new and distinctive people. If you do join a fraternity or sorority you will be a part of an active community with bonds that last a lifetime.